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.”

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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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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.

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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Protech Announces SSO Integration with Web Scribble


Founded in 2001 and based out of Troy, New York, Web Scribble’s career centers are designed to drive digital recruitment revenues and create a better experience for both the employer and the job seeker. COLUMBIA, Md. July 29, 2020 – Protech Associates, Inc.

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.

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.

The Cognitive Surplus: Tapping into Your Members' Knowledge

Higher Logic

This online encyclopedia has been tapping into the power of volunteering since its inception in 2001. There is a widening gap within humanity right now, between very few people doing a lot of interesting, productive and innovative stuff, and many people doing absolutely nothing. The thing is, everyone has the potential to affect change. This concept has recently been coined as cognitive surplus.

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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. While the years since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, will forever be associated with the devastating effects of terrorism, the anniversary of those attacks has also grown into one closely associated with reflection and public service.

#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.

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 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. Yes, just when you thought you had figured out the “kids these days,” now you have to start all over again with a whole new generation! Or do you?

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. In that time—and, in part, because of the work of one nonprofit—the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks has been transformed into a day of service across the country.

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, Director of SAE International’s Professional Development division (Retired) will repeat their popular ASAE session. In 2015, a major U.S.-based

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. To help celebrate National Love Your Lawyer Day on November 6, the American Lawyers Public Image Association is asking people to limit their lawyer-related jabs—for 24 hours, at least. Most people know a lawyer joke or two.

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. On a typical 1990s sales rep desk, you’d find a phone, a stack of note cards with leads’ contact information handwritten on them, and stacks of insertion orders (IOs) waiting to be manually filled out with advertising orders.

What’s All This about Emerging Markets?


Fast forward to 2001, the year that has become the West’s 1830 when the emerging markets overtook Western economies in economic growth. Join MCI & A Panel of Association Execs from ACP, MDRT, PMI, and SLAS. on May 16th for a three hour deep dive on recent trends and effective management practices for growing business in emerging markets. Deep Dive Exploration: Navigating the Emerging Markets.

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. The concern we saw wasn’t specifically that LinkedIn was moving into the job board space but more so about their overall strategy for creating higher levels of engagement with job seekers and employers.

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. His claim is based on a statistical analysis of deaths by violence throughout human history. Apparently we are killing each other less than we used to. A lot less. But don’t tell our event planning team how safe the world is.

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. The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is brand-new; the basic idea behind the museum, which opens this weekend , is anything but.

The Realities Time Replaces

Idea Architects

2001 was when I last spent significant time exploring Seattle. I haven't worked a minimum-wage job since 1980. I haven't been a renter for the past 15 years. I last supervised a full-time staff more than a decade ago. So do my memories of the way it was for each of these circumstances have anything to do with the way it is now and the way it will be in the future ? The present often calls on us to offer observations, make decisions, and share opinions.

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? Most associations engage in some form of advocacy to promote members’ interests to government.

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. Conferences are providing inferior education if all they provide is didactic, presenter monologue lectures. Yes, that’s right. The speaker lecture is ineffective and inferior! If all your attendees do is sit and listen passively to speakers, you’re providing bad conference education!

After Scandal, Psychological Association Changes Stance on Interrogations

Associations Now

The APA last week voted to formally ban its members from taking part in national security investigations, a move that comes weeks after the association saw a staff shakeup in the wake of a report that found that APA staff colluded with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Central Intelligence Agency to build an interrogation program following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


has been building web applications since 2001 and launched Wild Apricot in 2006. Could an Association Management Software (AMS) solution be the answer to the inefficiencies that plague your association? This article will help you evaluate ten association software options. What is Association Management Software (AMS)? In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system.

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). But a lot has changed since 2001. Last week, the groundwork was set for the next generation of web browsers.

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.”

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Start the Churn Predictions, Hal

Association Success

When we think of artificial intelligence, our first thoughts tend toward Hal in Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. Moving AI beyond prediction and towards prescription. But we should probably think more along the lines of predictive algorithms that help us understand who will leave or stay with our association.

Challenge of Expanding & Managing Chapters in Emerging Markets – Middle East Case Study


In 2001, advanced economies dominated the world economy, contributing around two-thirds of global GDP. Since 2001, emerging markets have become the world’s economic engine with annual GDP growing an average of 6 percent and a rapidly growing consumer class, driving corporations to compete for market share. This article was developed from a presentation made by Ajay Bhojwani, deputy managing director MCI Middle East at the CESSE Annual Meeting in 2013.

What fundraisers Need To Know About Next Era of Digital Technology

Beth Kanter

Yes, I walked onto the stage for the closing plenary at the Festival del Fundraising wearing an astronaut suit (that included a GivingTuesday sticker ), to the theme of 2001 Space Odyssey, speaking Italian (poorly), with Marcelo Iniarra (creative concept was his idea) and shared some insights about the new ecosystem for fundraisers. Credit: Festival del Fundraising.

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). As the web-based home of nonprofit and charitable organizations, the.org top-level domain has meant a lot to associations over the last 30 years.

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. It’s about something that is as old as disco balls, platform shoes and shag carpeting: peerology. SME — Subject Matter Experts — has long been an important component of education session development.

Mobility Matters: IEEE Provides App-Building Resource for Nonprofits

Associations Now

The professional technical association announced last week that it is partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative—an entity of the Clinton Foundation established by former President Bill Clinton in 2001—to launch a resource website that will help nonprofit organizations and NGOs advance their missions through the development of mobile apps.

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. The National Association of Realtors has announced it will join the youth development nonprofit organization to help strengthen communities across the country. The country’s largest professional association wants to do more to reach out to local communities.

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. Last month, Microsoft proposed utilizing unused television signals to create a path to internet access for underserved rural areas.

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. A nice article in the Boston Globe this past week covered how three well-known area companies succeeded during the last recession. They are Staples, Akamai and Thermo Scientific. The lesson from Staples can apply to anyone.

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. $ 5M The amount that philanthropist David M. Rubenstein of the The Carlyle Group [donated to the White House Historical Association this week], in support of the newly revamped visitor center.

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. Few international associations make their home in Greece, but the economic impact of a so-called Grexit could be felt far and wide. Associations—specifically their meetings business—could also turn out to be an important lifeline for the country.

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

Associations Now

As news outlets around the country were reporting on the tragic story of 19 Arizona firefighters who lost their lives battling a fast-moving wildfire over the weekend—the deadliest incident for firefighters since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001—nearly all of them turned to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) for data and resources on wildland fires.

PA Court Reporters Lend Fast Fingers to Flight 93 Oral History Project

Associations Now

PCRA recently joined forces with the National Park Service (NPS) Flight 93 National Memorial in an effort to paint the full picture of what happened in the skies over Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on the morning of September 11, 2001. “We Hundreds of hours of interviews need to be transcribed for the National Park Service’s Flight 93 Oral History Project, and the Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association is stepping up to help get the job done.