No Paper Needed: Anthropology Association Builds New Review System

Associations Now

By building a new digital system intended to cut the time needed for academic reviews of books, the American Anthropological Association hopes to refine digital workflows and save money.

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Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Existing Technology: Between learning management systems (LMS), association management systems (AMSs) and social media, many associations have a robust technology ecosystem in place to support rapidly changing skills-based training and digital badges.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.22.17

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Life gets better when you have a new AMS, but heed this advice from Aptify before you plunge in: every new AMS (or any technology) project needs a change management team. WBT Systems pulled some lessons from the opening keynote at the ASAE Technology Conference. Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.14.17

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In the [love this] “stormy seas of ego, opinion and entrenched habit…we need people who know that digital is never done, that it is not a series of projects but rather a stream of continuous improvements.” Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.8.17

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I heard these wise words from Susan David on an episode of The Good Life Project podcast. That’s one of the reasons why WBT Systems says you may want to add podcasts to your online educational offerings. The Whys and Hows Behind Recent Association Web Projects. Location: Chicago.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.28.18

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Association departments are business owners of technology—think AMS or LMS—but they usually don’t know how to map out the roles and policies needed to best use those systems. CDT – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.9.18

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While we’re on the topic of Creative Commons images, the Art Institute of Chicago opened up their collection. Association project managers carry a heavy load, especially if they’re expected to juggle their regular job along with their project responsibilities.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 04.19.19

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This week’s post at WBT Systems resonates with that line of thought: they explore nine barriers to association innovation. Presenters: Kyle Contrata, Data Analyst and Project Manager at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA). Location: Chicago IL.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.22.17

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WBT Systems suggests nine ways associations can keep their online courses above the fray by engaging students and keeping them coming back for more. CDT – Chapter Roundtable (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago.

Compare Association Management Software Platforms


In a nutshell, an AMS provides membership-based organizations an all-in-one member management system. Today, much more affordable web-based systems are not only more affordable, but many provide real interaction with members, volunteers, donors, and stakeholders.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.12.17

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Host: Altai Systems. 50% of technology projects fail—the technology moves forward, but the organization does not. Most technology projects have non-technological goals: raise more money, serve more program participants, or become more efficient. Location: Chicago IL.

Instructional Design: The New Normal

Aaron Wolowiec

I was booked on a non-Delta flight with a brief stop in the Bermuda Triangle (otherwise known as Chicago). For some reason, my flights through Chicago are always delayed – or, in this case, canceled. An elective and a learning project.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.5.17

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I still get an uneasy anxious feeling when I think about leading an AMS implementation project at my last association job. Save the dates: Wed/Thu June 7-8 – AMS Fest in Chicago. Location: Chicago IL.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 5.26.17

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This good post from WBT Systems: how to help members develop a learning habit. Ginny Hamilton at The Enterprisers Project shares seven ways to free up money for IT innovation. Save the dates: Wed/Thu June 7-8 – AMS Fest in Chicago. Location: Chicago IL.

Air Traffic Control Center Recovers From Fire, But Broader Challenges Linger

Associations Now

Next for Aurora The facility at the center of the disruption is currently facing an audit of its safety procedures, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. A fire that took out a major air traffic control center near Chicago last month tangled the airways near the Windy City for days.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 6.2.17

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If you can’t make it to AMS Fest in Chicago next week , stay tuned for my reports. LMS provider WBT Systems describes the different psychological, environmental, and technical obstacles that stand between your members and your online learning programs. Location: Chicago IL.

A Few Odds and Ends

Idea Architects

Does Your Organization have an Effective Operating System? You probably do not think a lot about the operating system that makes everything possible on your computer, tablet, or smartphone other than when we are told it is time to do a periodic upgrade.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 11.24.17

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WBT Systems explains how learning pathways benefit your industry, association, and learners , and how to get started. When a technology project comes to a close, you want it to be done, over, finished, let’s move on. CST – Chapter Roundtable (Chicago). Location: Chicago IL.

Awesome Association Jobs This Week – April 26


Other attributes of the successful candidate are: strong writer, efficient time and project manager, organized and detail-oriented, creative and forward-thinking, a team player able to juggle multiple projects daily.

Cool Nonprofit Jobs This Week – May 24


This is a full-time, permanent assignment based in Chicago, IL. LOCATION: Chicago, IL. He or she is also responsible for developing and implementing a strategy for attracting and retaining sponsors to help fund the annual Congress and other projects.

This Week’s Association Membership & Marketing Jobs


Graphic Designer , Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana – Exciting design opportunity with a renowned, well-respected and iconic brand. Here are some cool jobs, hand-picked by me, that you can find via the SocialFish job board !

Association Brain Food Weekly: 9.6.19

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WBT Systems replies with an emphatic Yes. I can’t resist mentioning her latest project, even though she hasn’t asked me to do it: The Bold Community Workshop on Thursday, September 19. CDT – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago IL.

“The Beach Was too Sandy”—Happy Members Are a Nonnegotiable


But the members who use those systems will. Gartner also predicts that by 2020, 40 percent of all data analytics projects will relate to some aspect of customer experience. I’ve been thinking, writing and talking a lot about Association 4.0.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.12.19

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Companies are using internal gig platforms to match employees to projects that will help them learn new skills. CDT – Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange (Chicago IL). Location: Chicago IL.

Lunchtime Links: These Hotels Go Beyond Wired Stays

Associations Now

Some are getting flashy with their tech, like theWit Hotel Chicago: It has a 3D surface projection system that creates optical illusions in its rooftop bar. Some hotels are wired to offer a lot more than just WiFi these days.

Aging Members Will Stick Around (& Keep Learning) Longer Than You Think

WBT Systems

Employees eligible for retirement at his firm either work part-time or on a per-project basis while drawing from their retirement fund. By 2024, 25 percent of the workforce is projected to be senior citizens. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In what capacity: full-time, part-time, consultant, contract, project-based, or freelance? Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65.

Deal in Congress Keeps FAA Funded, Expands TSA PreCheck Program

Associations Now

Additionally, as the Chicago Tribune reports , TSA would be required to keep a PreCheck line open during heavy travel periods. It is a reform issue in the way the FAA is funded and the way it can move projects out the door,” American Airlines Vice President Lorne Cass told the newspaper.

Water Works Association Eyes Broader Lessons in Flint’s Water Crisis

Associations Now

In an effort to save money, the cash-strapped city had decided to stop acquiring water from Detroit, instead planning to join a new project that would source water from a pipeline into Lake Huron.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 8.31.18

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In the latest post in their series about the different people involved in an LMS implementation on the vendor side, WBT Systems explains what their developers and quality assurance testers are doing behind the scenes to ensure an LMS meets the client association’s requirements and expectations.

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How To Automate Twitter Without Looking Like an Idiot


His need to optimize every last detail of tasks and projects is a little intense. In August 2014, I took over the Twitter account for the Chicago Chapter of the Wisconsin Alumni Association. Raise funds for the WAA-Chicago Scholarship Program. The System.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 3.20.20

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As the new COVID-19 reality descended upon us, Lowell Aplebaum was in Chicago to facilitate a strategy session. WBT Systems points out a whole new set of emerging member needs , like the craving for connection and community—I think we can all agree with that.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 2.23.18

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WBT Systems outlines the criteria and process for sunsetting educational programs. Host: ASAE Learning Management System Community. Learn where to start with a redesign project. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL.

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Personal Relationships and Big Goals Keep AHE’s Sponsorship and Education Programs Healthy

Association Adviser

I ultimately ended up getting management jobs in fine dining and catering before becoming involved in the Taste of Chicago (TOC), which at the time was the second-largest outdoor food festival in the world, second only to Munich’s Oktoberfest.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.13.18

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Last week, WBT Systems explained how to prepare a business case for a new LMS. CST – Chapter Roundtable in Chicago IL. Location: Chicago IL.

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Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

Associations Now

ATRI analyzed GPS data from more than 600,000 heavy-duty trucks at 250 locations on the national highway system to produce a congestion impact ranking for each location. highway transportation system,” the report says. Chicago; Louisville, Ky.;

Coronavirus Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


RESOURCE] COVID19 Tracker (source: The Atlantic) March 13, 2020 – The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. About this list.

Daily #COVID19 Updates for Association and Events Professionals – What You Need to Know


RESOURCE] COVID19 Tracker (source: The Atlantic) March 13, 2020 – The COVID Tracking Project collects information from 50 US states and the District of Columbia to provide the most comprehensive testing data we can collect for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.

Trade Association CEO Support: Productive Staff - The 3 Ts

Trade Association CEO Blog

Ask me for a quote on many projects like: Newsletter design, newsletter strategy, newsletter production, strategic planning, budgeting, evaluation of endorsed programs, governance structuring, bylaws, education programming, member database selection/conversion/optimization/training, discussion facilitation and more. Like most associations, mine has long had an elaborate database management system to handle our membership administration. Projects Unique to State Associations.

Hot Association Jobs – December 1


The manager will develop, coordinate and implement key projects, including; membership marketing; delegate outreach; online communities; social media, and graduate student, early career and graduate educator communications and resources.