5 ways, 2 good tips, and 1 good reason to open the conversation about digital in your organization

Sometimes, our organizations need a little help having conversations. Especially complex conversations that have implications for the issues we work on and how we work on them – how we organize, educate and communicate, and how we work together. Digital is one of those conversations. Organizationally, it’s a whopper. Digital is reshaping the landscape – technological, economic, […]

Get clear about why your organization should open the conversation about digital

Our society is undergoing a shift to a digital infrastructure. Nonprofit organizations of all kinds need to make the shift as well. Shifts can be mindful and organic. Or they can be disruptive and damaging. They can redistribute power more equally. Or they can make power more remote and unaccountable. The shift to digital is […]

Connect with like-minded folks

Digital, like the earth, is a common treasury for all. Information and communications technologies no longer belong to one or two departments. It’s up to all organizational workers to lay claim to collective ownership of the digital means of production. If that sounds too positively revolutionary, then folks have other options. Find people in your organization, […]

Help your organization make the digital cultural shift

Help needed: Diplomats and ambassadors. Bridge-people. Those who can move between analogue and digital, between old ways and new ways, across misconceptions about, and resistance to, change. This is where “change agents” ask our organizations to do things differently. It’s not always an easy road. Digital development varies across different organizations. Some groups are quite advanced as […]


Change takes time. Breathe. Prepare to move slower than you might like. Our organizations face incredible evolutionary drag, sometimes paralysis, in the face of the overwhelming enormity of the challenges before us – social, economic, ecological. It’s hard to make cultural change in this kind of milieu. It takes time. Breathe, even as you know […]


Remember that conversations can be like rivers: they meander. Be prepared for the conversation to happen organically and not necessarily in a preplanned, expertly facilitated way. You might see an opening here, a window there. It might go slowly here, and swiftly there. Don’t gird yourself for conflict with anyone, not even Soandso – they […]

Disrupt or be disrupted

Tech change has been disrupting work, workplaces and workers for centuries. Today’s digital disruptions are part of a long tradition of upheaval, dislocation, conflict and control. Digital disruption takes many forms, some obvious and some not as much. It’s obvious in sectors like transportation and accommodation, where taxi drivers and local bed and breakfast operators lose […]