Becoming a Champion of Technological Innovation

Association Success

I’ve always embraced technology, and I’ve pushed that forward in every position I’ve been in. Today’s technological advancements present many possibilities and solutions for organizations. Although most people can agree that there is always room for improvement, there are limitations and doubts surrounding the idea of bringing in new technology into operations and changing the way things work. How can you encourage your organization to embrace a tech culture?

3 eLearning Examples to Spark Innovation

Blue Sky eLearn

There has been much advancement and innovation in the eLearning industry over the last several years, and today I’ll be reviewing three of my favorite examples of organizations thinking outside the box to deliver their content to their audience.

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Innovate Like DARPA

Spark Consulting

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is known for innovation. They identify three key components: ambitious goals, temporary teams, and independence. Plus, we don’t do cutting edge tech R&D innovation. They give their teams a specific problem to solve.

Constraints + Creativity = Innovation

Eric Lanke

Essentially, it challenges undergraduate engineers to design and build a human-powered vehicle (typically a bicycle, but not always) that uses my industry's technology (i.e., It is, after all, an extremely power dense technology. Associations Innovation

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Purchasing New Association Technology

Higher Logic

Purchasing new technology is a big undertaking. Ariel Brandt Lautman , Online Community Manager for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, has a list of questions to review before she purchases new technology.

Customer Success: Life After Launch and Continuous Innovation

Nimble AMS

The Nimble AMS team goes beyond simply implementing your solution. According to the Community Brands Digital Evolution Study , most professional membership organizations continue to feel technologically unprepared for the future. Seven core values drive the Nimble AMS team.

The CEO’s Guide to Association Innovation

Association Adviser

When I say the word innovation to you, what feelings does this word evoke? In a recent research study association professionals reported that innovation is synonymous with risk, big expectations, large investments, long commitments and failure. Innovative projects fall on a continuum.

Thanks For Playing: Always the Last to Know: Archive Team

Thanks For Playing

Always the Last to Know: Archive Team. Archive Team to the rescue. To quote from their website: Formed in 2009, the Archive Team (not to be confused with the Archive-It Team) is a rogue archivist collective dedicated to saving copies of rapidly dying or deleted websites for the sake of history and digital heritage. To find out more about what they do - and why its so important - check out this recent piece in MITs Technology Review.

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How Can You Plan for Innovation?

Association Adviser

The iPhone spent seven years in production by some of the world’s best innovators before it became a product that has changed how we go about our daily routines. It’s the one of the biggest – if not the biggest – innovations of our generation.

Catch Nimble AMS at the 2019 ASAE Technology Exploration Conference

Nimble AMS

Where and when you can visit with the Nimble AMS team while you’re there. Join the Nimble AMS team at the?Community 2019 ASAE Technology Exploration Conference December 3-4 in Washington, DC. Want to meet with our team onsite? Nimble AMS Technology

Are You an Innovator or a Producer?

YourMembership Blog

Technology. Management Team. Are Innovation and Production at Odds? HBR posted a good article recently about Why Managers Don’t Really Want to Innovate. Innovation doesn’t have to be free time given to employees to pursue their own joy.

The Anatomy of an Effective Customer Community Team

Higher Logic

The list goes on, which is why customer communities function best with diverse teams that bring together experts from different departments. Putting together this kind of team isn’t easy. Leadership Team. People expect their technology and the websites they visit to work.

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Fast Track Your Way to Innovation


Is your association innovative enough to survive in the roaring twenties? Xerox—never capitalized on the many breakthrough technologies developed at its Palo Alto Research Center. As you read, you might be asking: Why is innovation so important? Innovation requires a budget.

5 Ways Technology Can Push Your Fundraising Strategy Forward

Higher Logic

We all know it’s true: technology is becoming more vital with each passing day. As useful (and addictive ) as technology can be, many nonprofits still don’t know how to reap the full benefits of their various software platforms.

Don't Let Ego Kill Innovation in your Organization

YourMembership Blog

Technology. Management Team. Don’t Let Your Ego Get in the Way of Innovation. The biggest enemy of innovation is not fear (that can be overcome). If you are satisfied with your organization’s success there’s no reason to innovate.

Working Across Generations to Encourage Innovation

Associations Now

To start, ASHA delved into what members needed and were interested in—regarding resources, content, and technology—as well as the staff’s understanding of these things. “We In some cases, this has taken the form of younger staff helping familiarize older staff with certain technologies.

#TEC19: How Diversity and Inclusion Power Tech Innovation

Associations Now

ASAE’s 2019 Technology Exploration Conference kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation focused on the value of diversity, inclusion, and human interactions in fueling future tech innovations. Create Diverse Teams.

For One Planner, Innovation Means Thinking Like Attendees

Associations Now

Alice Mathu of IAAPA shares how innovation can include comfort, sustainability and trying the latest technology. To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience.

The Trick to Innovating with Gen Y

YourMembership Blog

Technology. Management Team. How Do You Innovate With Millennials? Innovating with millennials sounds like a no-brainer. While they have the enthusiasm, they may need the goals of your innovation to be laid out for them.

AUDC 13 Recap: Community and Innovation for Association Websites & Technology

Vanguard Tech

You might not want to admit it, but technology is now the most important tool you use on a daily basis. Technology is now part of every facet of your association and is part of every transaction and interaction between your association staff and membership. There it is… technology.

Daily Buzz: Unlock Your Team’s Creativity

Associations Now

Creativity will drive future success in your organization—but that can only happen when you create an environment that allows your team to push innovation forward. Innovation is driven neither by processes nor systems; it’s generated by human talent,” Shambaugh says. “No

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More Innovative or More Secure? Ask Your Board

Associations Now

Good thing, too, because cybersecurity and innovation are often at odds. To keep a competitive edge, you often need to do things like offer BYOD to your employees or ( carefully ) test technology from an experimental new startup. The post More Innovative or More Secure?

Daily Buzz: Jumpstart Your Technology Strategy

Associations Now

Technology can streamline many processes, but not all associations are taking advantage. Technology is one of the most powerful tools in your arsenal, yet only 25 percent of associations prioritize technology to help manage their organizations, according to Salesforce.

The First Association Innovation Tactic to Start With

Smooth The Path

Nearly 70% of association leaders worry they are not leading innovation well at their associations (this comes from a recent survey of 1,000 association executives in Australia, and the results are likely to be very similar in the US). We can place innovation projects on a continuum.

Talk Less About Innovation and More About the Future

Associations Now

Resist the temptation to demand instant innovation, and instead motivate your team with conversation about the future. Everybody must innovate! It may be better, then, not to press staff to “innovate” so much as steer conversations with them toward the future.

Are You an Innovation Pioneer?

Association Success

The environment around us might be transforming rapidly, and technology might be posing all sorts of disruptions – but this does not need to be cause for concern. While innovation and adaptation are themes that resound throughout industry discussions, we don’t need to see change as a necessary reaction to our context. So we want to know: are you an innovation pioneer? We are launching a competition for the SURGE Optimism Pioneer Award.

At One Meeting, Innovative Registration Makes for Happier Attendees

Associations Now

Kevin Brooks of Church of God discusses how embracing wireless technology in Orlando streamlined registration and was a welcome addition to the attendee experience. Visit Orlando: How do you define innovation and what are you doing to infuse this into the meetings you plan?

Interview: The Surprising Benefits of In-House Technology Development

Association Success

A decade ago, NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) set out on a mission to modernize their whole organization through technology. We needed people with different skill levels, experiences, cultural backgrounds and ethnicities within each team.

The Technological Divide: Leap or Fall?

Association Adviser

Emphasize the need for their input for team success; discuss actions and plans together. Differences become irritants that can lead to battles that engulf a family business or work team and can ruin their social as well as business life. In spite of how smart I think I am, it has taken me a long time to adjust to all the technology inventions. In order to make the leap into the 21st century, I’ve had to work with several Gen X technology consultants. Tom Hubler.

Five Conference Technology Mindsets

Velvet Chainsaw

Meeting professional face a tall technology order today. More conferences are placing a high priority on using technology that not only improves the attendee experience, extends its reach, and streamlines processes, but fits into their organizations’ overall digital strategy.

Innovating for Inclusion: How We Engaged a More Diverse Community

Association Success

The word ‘innovation’ is often treated as an end in itself. Being innovative floats around as an ephemeral goal of all projects, and a mark of a successful enterprise. But what are we innovating for? AIGA Minnesota has been pioneering an innovation initiative for a few years now, sprung into being by an AIGA Innovate grant, with the express goals of relevancy and cultivating transformative community impact through the engagement of design.

The Risks of Innovation Leaving Older Workers Behind

Associations Now

The challenges that older workers face in finding new jobs could reflect darkening economic clouds—as well as weaknesses in the efforts to keep older employees up to speed with growing trends, particularly in fields such as technology. Age bias is alive and well in technology recruiting.”.

AARP Opens Tech Lab to Foster Innovation

Associations Now

AARP has teamed up with the University of Illinois to open a lab to develop new technologies to improve quality of life for the 50-plus population. Innovation is really part of AARP’s DNA,” said Jose Hernandez, vice president of IT business operations. “We

Use the 5-Step Idea Process to Become an Association Innovation Ninja

Smooth The Path

Ideas are the root of all innovations. Because ideas lead to innovation we want more ideas, better ideas, THE idea that will excite members. When we solve that problem we have our next new innovative offering. With our finite resources we can only expect to do so much innovating.

Give Your Developers More Room to Innovate

Associations Now

Competition for tech skills is growing by leaps and bounds—because everyone needs it, but not everyone has it—so your organization’s attitude toward technology matters more than ever. Today, associations need the technical resources of development teams more than developers need associations.

Is Association Technology at a Turning Point?

Associations Now

A recent deal in the association technology space raises some interesting questions about the state of the sector and what’s next. The prior season, the team had finished with just 24 wins. It’s not the only great team out there, but the talent level is hard to deny.

Hone Your Radar To Seize These Conference Innovation Invitations

Velvet Chainsaw

Innovation may be a tired word. There is no doubt that innovation has become an overused and confusing buzzword. Ask ten people to define innovation and you’re probably going to get a dozen or more responses. Innovate To Captivate. Yes, to innovate.

Thursday Buzz: Conference Badge Innovation

Associations Now

The strategy, notes OAAA Chief Marketing Officer Stephen Freitas, highlighted the kind of technology that out-of-home (OOH) advertising is now capable of. Viewers want and favor certain formats,” the Wochit team explains.

Innovative Planning at The Global Pet Expo Creates Greater Productivity for Attendees

Associations Now

To create innovative and interactive meetings, planners around the nation are raising the bar on productivity and capitalizing on attendee experience. Visit Orlando: How do you define innovation and what are you doing to infuse this into the meetings you plan? .

Arrested Development? A Strategic Approach to Technology Reboots Association Growth


Somewhere back in the Dark Ages of IT- say two years ago, because that’s how fast the electronic world moves now ¬- we thought about technology as a tool to do business. Technology has made the leap out of the toolbox.