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Five reasons why membership is killing association business models: Part I

Principled Innovation

In a time of relentless societal transformation, however, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question all of our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership. But in a time of relentless societal transformation, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership.

Five reasons why membership is killing association business models: Part III

Principled Innovation

In a time of relentless societal transformation, however, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question all of our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership. Membership is perhaps the most sacred tenet in all of association orthodoxy. Indeed, for many organizations, the membership imperative defines the very existence of the association: membership is who they are and what they do.

Five reasons why membership is killing association business models: Part II

Principled Innovation

In a time of relentless societal transformation, however, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question all of our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership. In a time of relentless societal transformation, however, the impact of forces beyond our control makes it necessary for us to question all of our most deep-seated beliefs, including our beliefs about membership.

Empathy, new value creation and the stakeholders of the future

Principled Innovation

It means allowing another’s experiences to gut us. Perhaps that cold rationalist Sherlock Holmes can help us reconsider our preconceptions about what empathy is and what it does. In early January, I wrote a post on six serious ideas for 2013 that included the concept of SED, which is short for serendipity, empathy and discovery. SED is a term I coined to inspire association leaders to shift their conversations about the future in a more generative direction.

Overcoming the association value gap: part II

Principled Innovation

We want everyone (or at least everyone who is eligible) to want membership in our organizations, even when membership benefits us more than them, which is almost always. This post originally appeared on the Associations Now Leadership Blog on March 28, 2013. You can read Part I here. In Part I of this series earlier this month, I identified the association value gap as an underlying structural problem within membership-centric business models.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us like the idea of lifelong learning, but very few yearn to sit in a classroom. On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student. I explained “adulting” is hard, and they looked at me like I had five heads. Truth is, I love school.

Survey says: Most of us are lifelong learners

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us like the idea of lifelong learning, but very few yearn to sit in a classroom. On the last day of school, I told my kids I wished I were still a student. I explained “adulting” is hard, and they looked at me like I had five heads. Truth is, I love school.

What Kevin Bacon Can Teach Us About Membership Engagement

Associations Now

Next year, Turner says, MCI will commission a study on associations with U.S.-based The post What Kevin Bacon Can Teach Us About Membership Engagement appeared first on Associations Now

Meet the Longest-Running Commemorative Week in U.S. History

Associations Now

“As we enter a second century of working to rescue and care for our best friends, I hope every American will join us in celebrating ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’—not just this week but all year round,” AHA President and CEO Robin Ganzert said in a news release.

U.S. Tennis Association Gets Tech-Savvy

Associations Now

In recent months the U.S. But, with computers increasingly becoming a key way that fans of professional tennis follow along with the game, it only made sense for the U.S. The post U.S. Tennis Association has been talking up its tech game—for good reason.

6 Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising

Beth Kanter's Blog

Insights The Sharing Economy Tells Us About The Future Of Fundraising By Rob Wu, CEO + Co-founder of CauseVox. In fact, it has now become normal for us to “outsource” tasks, sell, and share goods and services all within our own social circles.

Membership Hack: An Easier Way to “Contact Us”

Associations Now

The National Association of Professional Organizers keeps its house in order with a simplified “contact us” form. Tell Us Your Hack What’s your favorite hack? People don’t have to give us all of their information.

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Why Didn’t Our Members Choose Us?

Smooth The Path

Why did they choose them and not us? Why haven’t more chosen us? It is not about us it is about them. It is not about them it is about us. The post Why Didn’t Our Members Choose Us?

Calling All #Millennials! Help Us Change The Conversation

SocialFish

Will you join us for #MillennialChat on Thursday 5/28 at 11 am EST? Please join us on Thursday! Jamie Notter and I have been invited to join #MillennialChat, a Twitter chat which brings together young folks to discuss millennial issues.

What “Where’s the Beef?” Taught Us About Member Retention

YourMembership Blog

” Taught Us About Member Retention appeared first on YourMembership.com.Categories: Member Engagement + Retention Tags: associations , benefits to joining , member organizations , member retention , yourmembership.com On this day in 1984, Wendy’s International aired a commercial featuring three elderly ladies gathered around a hamburger bun squinting at a dime-sized patty. “Where’s the Beef?”,

Where Proof Can Really Hurt Us

Jamie Notter

If you ask me to prove it all the time, then you will skew the conversation down towards what we already know, and in the case of management, that does us a disservice. It keeps us small.

Group Finds Working Parents in U.S. Less Happy Than Nonparents

Associations Now

In a briefing paper for the Council on Contemporary Families, researchers found a big “happiness gap” between working parents in the U.S. The bad news is that of the 22 countries we studied, the U.S. The post Group Finds Working Parents in U.S.

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Four Untrue Myths of Association Innovation that Stop Us in Our Tracks

SocialFish

Myths are stories that are intended to teach us. But there are also stories that keep us stuck. They should not be stopping us in our tracks. Some of us have it and most of us don’t. Don’t fly too high but also don’t fly too low, said Icarus’s dad.

Us vs. them

Aaron Wolowiec

Most of us, at some point, have asked, “What’s in this for me? Newsflash: It’s not about us. What if, we gave up control and encouraged our audiences to define the terms of their own involvement with us. We hear it all the time: We live in a “me” society.

What Sesame Street Can Teach Us About Giving Days

Beth Kanter's Blog

What Sesame Street Can Teach Us About the Giving Challenge – Guest Post by Susie Bowie. Kirchoff reminds us that on Sesame Street, Ernie actually has to put down his favorite rubber ducky if he wants to play the saxophone. Flickr Image from Carlos ZGZ.

Join Us! - Moery Company

The Moery Company

Let us know if you can join us – patty@moerycompany.com. . The post Join Us! The Moery Company’s Jordan Weiss and Patty Leeman will be at the Association Networking Group’s Holiday-ish Happy Hour on Tuesday, Dec 6 at 5:30-7:30. At Blackfinn in DC. Admission is free. appeared first on Washington DC Association Consultant. Business Development Business Practices

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The Marketing of Marketing is not Telling Us The Whole Story About Member Research

SocialFish

Technology promises to give us unprecedented access to our members’ hearts and minds but does it really deliver? Surveys can help us collect even more data. Why do our best members love us? This is normal and it is because data and surveys tell us about the past.

Come celebrate Jamie’s recovery and the book launch with us!

SocialFish

After the workshop, we hope you’ll join us for light refreshments, wine, and beer. You’re invited to a very unusual event! It’s a strategic workshop! .

Making the Case for Transparency: The U.S. Military

Jamie Notter

Take six minutes to watch this TED talk given by General Stanley McChrystal , in which he makes the case for sharing information, rather than keeping it secret.

And The Top 50 Largest U.S. Medical Meetings Are …

Associations Now

3.51 % The increase in professional attendance at the top 50 U.S. The Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association recently announced the U.S. Attendance at U.S. Upon the release of its list of the top 50 U.S. The post And The Top 50 Largest U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Mandatory Member Dues

SCD Group

The U.S. While there are times association professionals may wish we operated in the mandatory dues environment, I’m guessing most of us are grateful that we do not.

Why CVS Quit the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Associations Now

CVS Health, which has been on an antitobacco kick in recent years, announced Tuesday that it is leaving the U.S. CVS Health announced Tuesday that it is dropping its membership with the U.S. We were surprised to read recent press reports concerning the U.S.

Podcast – Deploying Education Programs from US to Europe

GlowGlobally

This article comes to us from MCI Brussels where they have been working with US clients in recent years to collect local market intelligence and customer data to help clients build more locally relevant go to market strategies for their training, education and meeting product portfolios.

What Political Polarization Tells Us About Membership Marketing

Associations Now

” Which bring us (finally) to membership and why some people just won’t join, despite all your pleading. The post What Political Polarization Tells Us About Membership Marketing appeared first on Associations Now

What Old School Hip Hop Teaches Us About Content Marketing

SocialFish

What Old School Hip Hop Teaches Us About Content Marketing. Gen Y was born and raised on Hip Hop culture—which began in 1970s New York City and has flourished from the 1980s through today.

U.S. Travel Association Sees Business Travel Dip

Associations Now

The latest edition of the U.S. Travel trends in the business sector aren’t looking so hot these days, according to the latest edition of the U.S. “Business travel volumes in the U.S. The post U.S.

U.S. Tennis Association Breaks Ground on “American Home for Tennis”

Associations Now

Passing the 60 million annual visitors mark is a significant achievement for Orlando and the U.S. trillion for the U.S. economy each year,” U.S. In a move that could prove to be a surge to Orlando’s economy, as well as to the game of tennis as a whole, the U.S.

Are CEOs “Getting It” Before the Rest of Us?

Jamie Notter

Get a copy of IBM’s recent report on research they did with CEOs (hat tip to SmartBrief for pointing me there).

[Cool Infographic Friday] Jazz in the UK and US

SocialFish

Posting this one in honor of my awesome British-American kid who is a jazz saxophonist and teaching me a lot! photo credit ). Cool Infographic Friday

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What Kids Can Teach Us About Life and Leadership

Idea Architects

Kids can teach adults a great deal that can help us in the grown-up playground we call work. Here are a few lessons I have found particularly beneficial, ones I share in a popular keynote entitled, Be a Kid Again. Download a

Mediocre Golf Association: Tournaments for the Rest of Us

Associations Now

The post Mediocre Golf Association: Tournaments for the Rest of Us appeared first on Associations Now An association parodying the PGA has managed to get a burst of momentum by holding tournaments for players who can’t get below par—perfect for those who roll their eyes at The Masters.

Golf Season is Upon Us: Great Day at Kanata Golf and Country Club with CSAE Ottawa-Gatineau

Portage Group

Well, it's June and we all know what that means.golf season is upon us!

What my 60 year old father reminds us about Facebook

Aaron Wolowiec

Rather, I’m surprised because prevailing assumptions in the association community is that Baby Boomers either aren’t on social media platforms or aren’t actively engaged with us in those spaces. This is my dad with his granddaughter (my niece), Bella, during a visit to North Carolina.

With Help From U.S. Group, New Israeli Fire Protection Group Launches

Associations Now

Founding Chairman Shmuel Netanel says IFPA’s role is meant to be similar to that of the U.S.’s The post With Help From U.S.

What Kids Can Teach Us About Charitable Giving

Associations Now

Let us know your thoughts in the comments. The post What Kids Can Teach Us About Charitable Giving appeared first on Associations Now A new study by the United Nations Foundation found that 88 percent of children donate to charities.