It doesn't take much to create organizational "socialness"

Let’s think in terms of “social organization,” not just “social media” I don’t think it takes much to create “socialness” inside our organizations. If there’s a secret to it, it’s this: err on the side of letting your people communicate, collaborate and organize themselves. Can you trust them? If you hired grown-ups, let them be […]

It doesn’t take much to create organizational “socialness”

Let’s think in terms of “social organization,” not just “social media” I don’t think it takes much to create “socialness” inside our organizations. If there’s a secret to it, it’s this: err on the side of letting your people communicate, collaborate and organize themselves. Can you trust them? If you hired grown-ups, let them be […]

Questions about digital learning?

Is your union thinking about developing an “online learning” program? Here are 5 tips and 25 questions to help you ponder your options… Main takeaways:  Begin your explorations with Purpose. Why do you want to create an online educational program? What spirit is informing this endeavour? Ask these questions before looking into platforms or tools, before looking into […]

Nonprofits tell good stories. But are they being heard?

Sorry, big brands. Nonprofits tell the stories that tell the tale of the deeper human experience. Nonprofits are entwined with people’s struggles and triumphs. Coke just ain’t. Organizations working in community and health services, social inclusion, the arts, education; unions; groups working on environmental and other advocacy causes – these are the organizations with the […]

Calm

ONE (1) WON This will help you stay calm you’re told as you’re handed small bright pills and a paper cup of water; as you’re handed the keys to the new car; the diploma or certificate; the instructions to the new appliance which tells you how to install, equip, and load.          The trouble-shooting guide […]

Chickening Out

“I’d like the veggie burger, please, with fried mushrooms.” Sarah nodded, writing on her pad. “I’d like it well-done,” Derek had to say. Sarah looked at him and raised an eyebrow. “Well-done, eh?” “Yeah. Uh, yes please.” “What for?” “What?” “Why you want it well-done?” “I like it crispy.” “It’s not a real burger.” “I […]

Jack Frost

  “Jack Frost kills your daisies and mums, your tulips and bums.” — Bob Roberts, Jack Frost Blues   Jack started calling me his “little student” shortly before he died. He was 38. I met him while doing research for my school paper about the “homeless” that choose to sleep on the street. He was […]

Spring Cleaning

Sarah Hewson has this habit whenever she moves into a new place. She’ll sweep and dust and mop, and then arrange the boxes in descending alphabetical order down the hall or in rows in the living room. She will then unpack them, starting with “bathroom” and ending with “vestibule”. The exception is the kitchen. She’ll […]

Direct Action Services

“Thank you for calling Direct Action Services, how may I direct your call?” “Yeah, hi, can I talk to Joe in, uh, the grassroots department?” “Would that be Grassroots Organizing, Grassroots Mobilizing or Grassroots Development?” “Uh, the grassroots department.” “Well, I’d need to know which section….Joe, you say.” “Yeah.” “I don’t think we have anyone […]

Now is time

  You and you puckish vain You mess with rage You flirt with nothing Such as you, amiss and feverish   Hear it.  Feel it. Your heart pumping twice as hard But you are not getting anywhere Your heart pumping thrice as hard But you are not getting anywhere Nowhere Your heart pumps arhythm Your […]

Tracking humans

  “Rainbows are visions But only illusions And rainbows have nothing to hide So we’ve been told And some choose to believe it I know they’re wrong, wait and see… Someday we’ll find it The rainbow connection The lovers, the dreamers, and me.” -Kermit the Frog, June 22, 1979  “A child born today will grow […]

Digital Disconnect

Digital Disconnect: How capitalism is turning the internet against democracy By Robert McChesney, The New Press Actually existing capitalism has created monopoly control over the Internet, just as it did when other technologies emerged in society, US media history professor Robert McChesney writes. The rise of the Internet has coincided with a spike in massive […]

Youtility

Youtility: Why smart marketing is about help, not hype By Jay Baer, Portfolio (Penguin USA) Just when you thought marketing was mostly useless content and catchy jingles, along comes Jay Baer’s take on “youtility” – marketing that actually helps make peoples’ lives a little easier, in ways that might surprise you. Can marketing “help” people? Can […]

Content Rules

Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) that Engage Customers and Ignite your Business By Ann Handley and CC Chapman, Wiley In brief: Friendly, helpful, accessible and smart book helps you navigate and engage with the wide and wild world of “content” Content Rules is a handy introduction into the why, […]

Built for sharing

We are built for sharing and that is why we create communications tools like social media. We are built to share our lives with each other, and, for better or for worse, today’s digital communication tools enable us to “share” like never before. So, naturally, sometimes we over-share. Too much information. Too much navel-gazing. Too […]

Off-script: In-house boldness from an unlikely source

I didn’t like this lululemon ad at first. It was weird. It was harsh. It felt mean. It mocked their own customers, and did I mention mean? But once I heard the back-story of how the video got produced and released, I confess I grudgingly admired the company – for creating the conditions for bold creativity in-house. In “Shit Yogis Say”, a young […]

Whose orgs? Our orgs!

Take a minute. Clear your head. Now imagine a memo from the President’s office (if you work for, or are a member of, a union) or the Executive Director’s office (if you’re at an NGO or nonprofit). Imagine this memo invites people to re-imagine your organization as one that “doesn’t follow the flow of an […]