Sat.Mar 24, 2012 - Fri.Mar 30, 2012

What If Don Draper Ran Social Media for Your Association?

YourMembership Blog

What can an association learn from Don Draper? Social Media and your online community will never be the same

Adult learning principles – and what makes them relevant

Aaron Wolowiec

Part of being an effective educator, facilitator or content leader involves understanding how adults learn best. Andragogy is a theory that holds a set of assumptions about how adults learn. Specifically, andragogy places value on the process of learning. It uses approaches to learning that are problem-based and collaborative rather than didactic or rooted in lecture, and also emphasizes more equality between the instructor and the learner.

Eric Lanke: Online Privacy and Generational Divides

Eric Lanke

Two recent posts about online privacy (one from David Patt and the other from Seth Godin) got me thinking more and more about the subject. Both authors seem to take a "tough toenails" approach to the subject, calling into

Bringing the next generation into governance

Golden's Rules for Association

When I ask association leaders (both volunteers and staff professionals) what their biggest long-term governance challenge is, the most frequent answer I hear back is the challenge of bringing the next generation of leaders on board. “Young people don’t volunteer the way we used to.” ” “They don’t have the time to devote to volunteering that [.]. The Nature of Associations Association Governance governance system leadership

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Member Organizations: Listening Plus Action for Best Results

YourMembership Blog

Member-based organizations, listen then act. Listening is no good without action and action shouldn't occur without listening

The Down-Side of Great Ideas

Jamie Notter

We go to conferences to learn great ideas, but we still don't know how to make change back in our organizations. This is a problem

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Generation Y – Reinventing the Way We Communicate


Those of us born between 1980 to 1995 are commonly referred to as Generation-Y. To be honest, I think the name N-Gen (Net Generation) is more befitting. We are certainly addicted to the internet; we grew up with it, so it comes naturally to us.

Digital & Mental Spring Cleaning

Vanguard Tech

It’s that time of year to open the windows, grab the cleaning supplies and wipe away the stale air and grime of winter occupying our homes as we look forward to days spent outdoors. So it is only appropriate that over the past few days, I’ve taken on some “Digital Spring Cleaning” of my own.

Be Quick About it ? Friday Fix

YourMembership Blog

We've been spoiled. Culture, technology, television, social media.whatever you want to blame.has conditioned us to expect instant gratification. We tweet

Thanks For Playing: The Eternal Butts in Seats Debate

Thanks For Playing

What do you notice - and reward - in your staff? Time at desk? Effort? Results? As you'll soon discover, I'm pretty clearly in one camp. Some places focus on hours. Were you there at 9 on the dot, did you take extra time at

Strategic Planning for Associations - The ARC - a blog & resource

Portage Group

Helping Members and their Communities Succeed: the Future of What We Now Know as Membership


We all have had these moments. Suddenly, out of nowhere, the clouds of confusion part and you look at the world with new- found clarity. Of all places, my “moment” came today at my doctor’s office, while waiting nervously for the results of my annual mammogram.

What Really Happens When We Listen To A Lecture

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. The ubiquitous lecture. On any given day thousands of lectures occur across the globe. People gather in arenas, board rooms, city halls, colleges and universities, conferences, conference rooms, churches, general sessions, libraries, meeting rooms, schools and theaters to hear lectures.

Thanks For Playing: Friday Top 5

Thanks For Playing

I recently spotted a large metal chicken sculpture on my evening walk, and it put me in mind of today's top 5: the Top 5 Funniest Things I've Ever Read Online (warning: put down your drink before following any of these links

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Free Non-profit Webinars for April 2012

Wild Apricot Blog

Here's our monthly round-up of free non-profit webinars for April, 2012. nonprofit webinar Wild Apricot


The Perils of Pinterest


Ah–the hazards of “doing” social media for work…what’s just fun and games for regular people gets the fun totally sucked out of it when it’s part of your job. Welcome to my love/hate relationship with Pinterest.

Strategic Planning for Associations in 20 Minutes or Less

Portage Group

YOU.and me! Discuss how you can develop a strategic plan that is effective, easy-to-follow and that gets everyone excited and pulling on the same set of oars to help turn your Association’s strategy into a reality. April 2, 2012. 4:00PM PST. Where? From the comfort of wherever you like via webinar or in-person at SSU''s gorgeous Gastown studio. Because I know you want to develop a plan that works.and that doesn''t make everyone want to press the snooze button! Register Here For Free!

Thanks For Playing: Always the Last to Know: Paperless Post

Thanks For Playing

Always the Last to Know: Paperless Post. Like the convenience of electronic invitations, but hate the way they look? Paperless Post may be your answer. It takes Evite to the next level, resulting in something far more attractive

E-Mediat: Reflections from the Conference in Fez, Morocco

Beth Kanter's Blog

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Humanizing is more than social media tactics.


A lot of the stuff you’re probably reading online about “humanizing your brand” is about social media tactics. Like this post on Social Media Examiner, 5 Ways to Humanize Your Company With Social Media. Take a look, you’ll recognize all of that stuff.

Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Design Principles for 5-Star Learning

Idea Architects

When a workshop's emphasis is on facilitating participant learning instead of delivering the presenter's information, a very different exchange of value occurs. It is this value-added payout that every presenter should strive for

Four Ways To Create Customer Evangelists For Your Conferences And Events

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. What if you could create a volunteer army of true believers who spread the word about your conference? Would you? Sure you would. Creating Customer Evangelists More Profitable Than Marketing.

Unlocking the Potential of Peer Learning

Beth Kanter's Blog

Can’t make #12NTC? Watch the Online Livestream!


I’ve mentioned this before but I’m super excited to be emceeing NTEN’s Online NTC Live! Livestream on Wednesday and Thursday this week (April 4/5).

Healthcare Associations Use Delegate Building to Boost International


by Peter Turner. No matter where you are in the world, the need to maximize delegate attendance is critical. The problem is finding methods that can be employed effectively across various regions to ensure maximum results

How To Train Your Employees To Handle Social Media [Inforgraphic]

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. Source: Mindflash. Social Media Infographic social media policy social networking social technology

Funding Services AND Advocacy: The Smart Choice for Grantmakers

Beth Kanter's Blog

Note from Beth: I hosted a small army of guest bloggers, grantmakers, who attended the GeoFunders National Conference that took place recently in Seattle. The GEO community is united by a common drive to challenge the norm in pursuit of better results.

How the Internet is Revolutionizing Education


This is an oldie but a goodie – from June 2011. By the Education Database Online. I would love to see how these numbers have grown in the last almost-year. Click on the infographic to enlarge. Via: Social Learning

Countdown to Volunteer Week

Wild Apricot Blog

It's National Volunteer Week April 15-21st. Here are some tips and resources to help with your volunteer week planning. Volunteers

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Uses And Abuses Of The Common Lecture

Velvet Chainsaw

Tweet. Few people agree about what makes a good lecture. It’s like asking about what is good art or great music. Our personal tastes are all over the map. Some researchers have found that individuals want different and often conflicting things from a lecture.

The Future of Leadership

Jamie Notter

Sorry to break this to you, but the future of leadership is not about you. That's the title of a guest post I did this week over on the blog of Shawn Murphy and Ted Coine, two outstanding thought leaders

Association TRENDS Social Media Report and Rankings 2012


It’s natural, I suppose. To want to compare yourself to others. It starts when we’re little. One of those many things we learned in Kindergarten, if not before.

Fresh Links on Apricot Jam

Wild Apricot Blog

Here is a sampling of the freshest membership and non-profit links we've bookmarked on Apricot Jam this week. Fundraising membership events Volunteers Apricot Jam leadership social media

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Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects: Facilitation Friday #13: I Need to.

Idea Architects

Facilitation Friday #13: I Need to Do Something. So you've decided you need to do something. You've assessed what you're observing using Roger Schwarz's five questions offered last week: what's happening is a problem