What’s Next? 6 Membership Trends to Watch in 2017


I was watching a movie from 2001 recently and one of the main characters had a laptop. In 2001, a laptop was a prized possession. It seems like only yesterday we were worried about what would happen when the computers hit the year 2000. Now it’s nearly 2017 and a lot has changed.

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Work Doesn’t Have to Suck

Jamie Notter

Despite nearly two decades of efforts to improve employee engagement, the Gallup numbers have only gone from 30% “highly engaged” back in 2001 to 34% in 2018.

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3 Ways to Make Your Schedule Work for You

Principled Innovation

When I was appointed to my first CEO role in 2001 I had no idea how I was going to keep up with the demands. I had many direct reports, a Board of Directors to report to and everyone wanting a piece of you. There had to be a way to get control of what was going on in my life. I dug deep into learning ways to control my schedule and not let it control me. We all have the same amount of time. There is always time to get things done and have some fun.

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LeveLLingUp Life in 2018 - Part 2

Principled Innovation

2 - Get Published In 2001, we were newly arrived in New Zealand for my first CEO job and had with us our first born son. It is November 2017 and I am boarding a flight home from a conference in the USA. I was tired and feeling like s**t. It had not been a great year at work, in my own head and physically and psychologically I was not in a great place. I spent most of the year not caring about what I ate or drank; whether I exercised or not; and, feeling like I was going in circles.

The Myth of Generation Z

Jamie Notter

Wait, also 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, or sometime between 2000 and 2006. I see a lot written these days about this mysterious new generation that follows the Millennials, often called Generation Z.

Associations Reflect, Assist on 9/11 Anniversary

Associations Now

With public service and remembrance increasingly becoming intertwined with the anniversary of September 11, 2001, groups around the country are doing their part to reflect upon and build from the events of that day.

Make the Seemingly Impersonal Personal for Your Members

YourMembership Blog

HAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The image of a world driven by technology has long been portrayed by Hollywood and the Sci-Fi world as cold, impersonal, inhuman, disconnected – you know, soulless computers, cyborgs, dystopia and the like. It can be a little stressful to imagine.

We Remember: Organizers Expect 40 Million to Join 9/11 Day of Service

Associations Now

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act—an extension and expansion of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001 —is set to expire in two steps: the health program in October 2015 and the compensation program in October 2016.

You’ve Got to Read This: January 18, 2011

Reid All About it

Manila protest January 2001 ~ flickr photo by M.a.c.a.r.o.n.i. Clay Shirky ’s Foreign Affairs article, The Political Power of Social Media (registration required), is a fascinating read that rebuts and shreds Malcolm Gladwell’s view about the power of social media to facilitate change.

Groups Reflect, Remember Ahead of 9/11 Anniversary

Associations Now

The 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States offers an opportunity for groups around the country to remember what was lost and to focus on public service. The September 11, 2001, attacks have in many ways defined the 21st-century American psyche.

Association Wants You to Hold Your Lawyer Jokes for a Day

Associations Now

Launched in 2001, just a year after ALPIA was formed, the national commemorative day encourages people to do something nice for the lawyers who represent them in life’s difficult moments.

Advocating from Afar: Virtual and Remote Grassroots Advocacy

Beekeeper Group

When letters containing the bacterium anthrax arrived at the DC offices of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and former Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) in October 2001, multiple Capitol Hill buildings closed for decontamination.

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Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas

Blue Sky eLearn

I first took an interest in eLearning in 2001, but became more involved in 2003, when I was the Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville Radiography Program. Myke Kudlas is the Associate Executive Director of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and has been a champion of eLearning for over 15 years. How long have you been involved with eLearning?

The Safest Time in Human History

Association Management

When we started implementing online collaboration solutions in 2001, they were expensive. This is the safest time in human history. So says Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist and popular science author.

After Scandal, Psychological Association Changes Stance on Interrogations

Associations Now

The American Psychological Association will no longer allow its members to participate in national security interrogations, whether on U.S. or foreign soil.

The Latest Smithsonian Museum Fulfills an Association’s 100-Year Dream

Associations Now

Bush, in 2001. The journey behind the creation of the new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, DC, is one that spans more than 100 years. That journey started with an association’s advocacy work.

Going Paperless

Association Adviser

Naylor didn’t go “paperless” until 2001. Everyone at Naylor works with a computer, if not more than one computer. But this hasn’t always been the case.

What fundraisers Need To Know About Next Era of Digital Technology

Beth Kanter

Credit: Festival del Fundraising.

You will not believe this - The WayBack Machine.


This is my home page in 2001 Here it is in 2003 (obviously some of the links don't work now) And this is my homepage now. OMG!!! We have come SO FAR. Check this out. Plug your association's web address in and click on a date near the beginning of when your site was created. You will be amazed at how far you have come in a few short years, I will bet money on it. I am still continously trying to improve it so there's a whole lot I can still do, but holy moly!

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Best Benefit Ever: Critical Advocacy Intel

Associations Now

One example: the passage of the Private Security Industry Act in 2001, after more than 10 years of lobbying. A British security industry giant underscores the importance of legislative lobbying and member education on public policy issues. What’s the benefit?

Amid Rural Broadband Weak Spots, Nonprofits Offer Last-Mile Help

Associations Now

SCTCA’s Tribal Digital Village program has been active since 2001 and has connected more than half of tribal lands in San Diego County to broadband. A More Controversial Proposal Ideas for better rural broadband are coming from the for-profit space as well.

Conferences Are Providing Inferior Education Through Lectures

Velvet Chainsaw

At least that’s what 2001 Physics Noble Price recipient, Stanford professor and former director for science at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Carl Weiman says regarding lectures.

#ASAE18 Closing Keynote: Focus on Potential

Association Adviser

It was a long road with many lessons learned along the way – how to let go of fear and the expectations of others, how to be comfortable with failure – but after years of training among the best in the world, Lindley became the 2001 Triathlon World Champion. At the age of 23, Siri Lindley set a seemingly impossible goal for herself: She wanted to be the best in the sport of triathlon. The problem: She’d never done a triathlon, and she didn’t know how to swim.

Mobility Matters: IEEE Provides App-Building Resource for Nonprofits

Associations Now

Leveraging the mindshare of the IEEE community to provide technical support and education to CGI member organizations can have a great impact on their humanitarian efforts around the globe.

Happy (Belated) Birthday! A Look Back at 30 Years of “.org”

Associations Now

The Wikimedia Foundation launched the open-sourced online encyclopedia wikipedia.org on January 13, 2001. 4.2 % The share of total websites that use the.org domain, the third-largest generic top-level domain. It ranks behind only.com (50.9 percent) and.net (5 percent).

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Browser Wars Redux: If You See a Fork in the Road, Take It

Associations Now

Launched in 2001 to coincide with the release of Windows XP, Internet Explorer 6 stayed in purgatory for more than five years, with Microsoft failing to keep up with the most recent web trends—in particular, the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) standard (IE’s implementation of CSS was flawed).

The Association That Helped Revamp the White House Visitor Center

Associations Now

The visitor center, first established in 1995, was built to allow the public to purchase tickets for White House tours, but the increased security of the presidential mansion since September 11, 2001, has made it much more difficult for the public to obtain tour tickets.

Refocusing on Jobs and Education in 2015

YourMembership Blog

million (the most since January 2001). At the beginning of 2014 we started a conversation on the importance of a career center strategy for associations, especially in light of social networking giant LinkedIn’s aggressive efforts to become the leading online job board aggregator.

Arizona Wildfire Tragedy Worst Since 9/11, Says Fire Protection Group

Associations Now

The National Fire Protection Association responded rapidly to the loss of 19 firefighters who died battling a wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona, on Sunday, providing data and resources to media covering the story.

What a “Grexit” Would Mean for Associations

Associations Now

Unlike Argentina—which went bankrupt in 2001 and is drawing comparisons to the current Greek situation—Greece doesn’t have commodities and raw materials to export and help itself recover.

The Transformative Power Of Peerology

Velvet Chainsaw

A 2001 Harvard School of Education study found that: People learn most effectively when they interact with others (peerology) about a specific topic. In the world of conference education, the future is not necessarily about the next technology gadget or innovative session format.

Successfully Tailoring Educational Programs to Europe and Beyond – a LIVE Webinar Jan 23rd @10am Eastern


He recently retired as Director of SAE International’s Professional Development division, a position he held since 2001. Recently presented at the ASAE Annual Meeting in Chicago, Ms. Annemarie Weise, Senior Business Development Manager for MCI Benelux and Mr. Kevin Perry, Ed.D,

Business Transformation – The Black Swan Dilemma


know how to simplify a complex world into a single, organizing idea – the kind of basic principle that unifies, organizes, and guides all decisions.” – Jim Collins (2001).

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Getting to the Heart of Association Success


I’ve been consulting to associations since 2001 and even did a stint at an association management company for a few years where (in addition to my consulting) I served as an Executive Director for a couple of different associations.

Robot Used in Dallas Police Shooting Raises Ethical Quandary, Groups Say

Associations Now

11, 2001, terrorist attacks raised a number of questions of tactics for police officers.

Stacked With Talent: Is Cup Stacking the Sport of the Future?

Associations Now

Founded in 2001 by the co-owners of Speed Stacks, which makes cups and related accessories, WSSA has quickly turned a hobby born from a California Boys & Girls Club into a competitive sport that receives media coverage and is now a worldwide phenomenon at schools and elsewhere.

What Staples Can Teach Associations in a Recession

Guilt by Association

Chief executive Ron Sargent told the Globe that during the 2001 recession, he focused on three things: Take care of the customer. During the 2001 recession, Staples closed 31 unprofitable stores.

Report: Terror Risk Tops Safety Concerns for Business Travelers

Associations Now

London, New York, and Paris as “safe” or “very safe,” even though each has experienced at least one terror attack since 2001.

Realtors Join Forces With Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Associations Now

In 2001, NAR launched the Realtors Relief Foundation to “provide housing-related assistance to victims of disasters” according to its website.

What’s Next? 6 Membership Trends to Watch in 2017


I was watching a movie from 2001 recently and one of the main characters had a laptop. In 2001, a laptop was a prized possession. It seems like only yesterday we were worried about what would happen when the computers hit the year 2000. Now it’s nearly 2017 and a lot has changed. Just think about technology. They said the word “laptop” with the same reverence of someone talking about the “goose that laid the golden egg.”