Oakland Warehouse Fire: Sprinkler Group Pledges Renewed Legislative Push

Associations Now

In the wake of a tragic fire at an Oakland, California, warehouse-turned-art-facility over the weekend, a trade group focused on fire safety issues is drawing attention to its ongoing fight to make sprinkler systems more common.

Moneyball For Conferences: You Want Your Meeting to Mean Something

Velvet Chainsaw

We just won twenty games in a row , said the fictitious Peter Brand, advance scout for Oakland A’s. said Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane. The Oakland A’s baseball team did not have a winning record.

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As Coffee Loses Its Punch, Tea Association Steeps In Industry Growth

Associations Now

But as Reem Rahim, cofounder of Numi Organic Tea in Oakland, California, notes, the changes in palate go even deeper than that, with consumers embracing a limitless number of flavors, natural organic tastes, and flavors from around the world.

Forget the Job Interview, Play a Video Game

Jamie Notter

As the article states at the beginning, this is kind of the message that Brad Pitt’s character was bringing to the Oakland A’s organization in the movie, Moneyball.

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How AAA’s New Car-Share Service Thinks Beyond Ownership

Associations Now

The company has worked out deals with Oakland and Berkeley to allow people to park the vehicles in places that would otherwise be treated as two-hour parking spots.

The Happy Healthy Nonprofit Book Tour: You Are Invited To Join Us

Beth Kanter

Tue Jan 31 – OAKLAND 6pm-8pm. 439 International Blvd, Suite 1 Oakland, CA 94606.

Google Doubles Down on Holiday-Season Nonprofit Giving

Associations Now

With a shift in its corporate culture taking shape, Google has increased its focus on charity this year, giving nonprofits $30 million in technology funding that previously would have gone to the company’s employees.

Christmas Tree Safety Tips: What Associations Recommend

Associations Now

With all the recent reminders about fire safety filling the news—whether in Oakland or in Tennessee —it’s worth remembering a fire risk that is going to hit a lot closer to home in the weeks to come.

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Prince’s Quiet Philanthropic Legacy

Associations Now

There are people that have solar panels on their houses right now in Oakland, California, that don’t know Prince paid for them. There are people that have solar panels on their houses right now in Oakland, California, that don’t know Prince paid for them,” Jones said in the CNN segment.

Eyeing Inclusion, MLB Teams With LGBT Business Group

Associations Now

Bean (who shouldn’t be confused with famed Oakland Athletics executive and Moneyball subject Billy Beane) says that he sought out the collaboration with NGLCC because it meshes with the league’s current diversity goals, which were on display this week at the MLB Diversity Business Summit.

The Moneyball Effect: Using Your Data


The “ Moneyball ” reference, of course, is to the book/movie by that name that tells the story of Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane. Maddie and I were lucky enough to attend a cool event put on by Avectra a few weeks ago, that they called The Moneyball Effect.

Conference Circuit: Fundraising Fundamentals

Associations Now

Attendees can stop by the AFP Diversity Art Showcase and enjoy prize-winning works by students at the local Oakland School for the Arts depicting their interpretation of philanthropy. Rundown Attendees: 3,000. Exhibitors: 200 plus. Education Sessions: 100 plus.

NFL. Rams. Association Governance.

SCD Group

along with San Diego and Oakland (other franchises seeking to move.) When the Relocation Committee chose an outcome that the staff (Goodell) didn't like (the Carson proposal backed by San Diego and Oakland, which would have kept owner Stan Kroenke and the Rams in St. All association professionals need to remember this mantra: “It’s their organization not yours!” Last week, the National Football League’s Board of Governors voted to authorize the (Cleveland/Los Angeles/St.

Moneyball and Management Innovation

Jamie Notter

He turned it down and stayed with Oakland, but the Red Sox saw the potential in this new system. Consulting. Speaking. About. Contact. Generations. Humanize. Books: Jamie Notter. Leadership insight.right when you need it. Moneyball and Management Innovation. Posted July 23, 2012.

Social Media Roundup: The NYPD’s Social Media Crossfire

Associations Now

— [OAKLAND]ASM (@OLAASM) April 22, 2014. A big-city police department’s kerfuffle reminds us that, depending on the topic and the audience, social media campaigns can sometimes do more harm than good.

New Bay Area Nonprofit Turns Refugees Into Baristas

Associations Now

The 1951 Coffee Company , launched last year in Oakland, California, runs a barista training program focused on giving refugees immediately marketable job skills.

For SABR, Data Is Just a Small Part of the Equation

Associations Now

But it wasn’t until the release of Michael Lewis’s book Moneyball —the story of Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Bean, who revolutionized the way teams scout players and build their rosters—that sabermetrics hit the mainstream. “We

NFL’s Latest Leadership Push: A “Rooney Rule” for Women

Associations Now

For example, Amy Trask was CEO of the Oakland Raiders for many years. This week, in an effort to improve diversity in the NFL, commissioner Roger Goodell announced plans to institute a “Rooney Rule” for women.

Best Credit Repair Companies


Credit Saint : This company has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, and it is based in Oakland, N.J. If your credit report is a complete mess, and your credit score is low, you may have some trouble getting loans and credit card approvals.

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3 New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits That Can Boost Professional Success

Beth Kanter

Our book tour starts at the end of January, so if you are in San Francisco, Oakland, Boston, NYC, or Washington, DC, please join us. I would like to wish all my readers, colleagues, and friends a happy new year!

Lunchtime Links: Using Your Website to Expand Your Mission

Associations Now

Moneyball , based on the Michael Lewis book by the same name, focuses on the efforts of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, who, along with his staff, used data and statistics to assemble a winning Major League Baseball roster on a limited budget.

Trainer’s Notebook: Finding Inspiration and New Ideas for Facilitation Techniques

Beth Kanter

'Last week, during the Google hangout hosted by the Packard Foundation , someone asked me where I get all my ideas for designing and delivering training. Part of delivering instruction is being a good facilitation of people’s learning and there is no better way to learn how to improve your own technique than watching world class facilitators in action. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in a convening on “Data Informed Philanthropy” hosted by the Packard Foundation – not only was the content compelling (stay tuned for a post on that), but it was also a fantastic opportunity to observe one of the best facilitators I know, Allen Gunn from Aspiration. The perfect convening for me is one where I take both content and process notes and leave feeling inspired not only about the subject matter, but the learning design. I first met “Gunner” in 2003 at the NTC Conference in Oakland, CA and participated off and on in Penguin Days expertly facilitated by Gunner and other events like the TechSoup Global Network Summit. I always learn something from his participatory style, humor, and techniques. Here’s a few things I learned. One of iconic icebreakers that Gunner has used is the “ Human SpectraGram ” that I first observed Gunner do at 2007 Penguin Day. You have a couple of provocative questions related to the topic you will be discussing or training on and have people line up as to whether they agree or disagree. It is useful method for getting participants to express a point of view, engage in debate, listen to others and respond in how by be influenced by someone’s point of view in the room. For training where you are focusing on a skill, it allows for folks express their opinions (negative or positive) and not have get in the way of the instructional flow later on. My colleague, Dirk Slater , has written about how he applies Gunner’s techniques in his own technology/activist trainings. Others have also documented and used the technique or taught others how to do it. Typically, the facilitator may come up with a few provocative statements in advance, based on a participant assessment, interviews, or survey. But in this gathering, the provocative questions were crowdsourced from participants and this was done in small groups with sticky notes. Participants volunteered their question for the spectragram. Gunner also facilitated a brainstorming and affinity mapping exercise to unpack all the possible topics for deep dives in small groups in the afternoon. These techniques are based on human-centered design principles. I’ve used these techniques myself and been in many other sessions where facilitators used design-thinking techniques. What I love seeing is the variation and nuances of how the affinity mapping is facilitated. In this example, people worked in small groups to brainstorm questions and then placed them on the wall in different categories identified through the participant interviews/surveys ahead of the meeting. The full group report out facilitated discussion and refinement of the ideas. In some instances, you might need a longer amount of time to do this exercise, but the way this was facilitated with 50 people was highly productive and efficient. Good participatory design and instructional design for that matter needs a closure exercise. There are usually two aspects of this. The first is on a practice level – what should happen next? What commitment are we saying to everyone that we will make, should make, or the host should know. Again, we worked in small groups and brainstormed ideas according to: I will commit to this (I committed to writing a blog post or two), I’ll participate if someone else organizes, and what the host should know. The final part of a closing exercise is the pass the mic — which helps bond the community and give a spiritual ending to the day. It is a technique that is used in Open Space design. I find inspiration from reading about new techniques, observing them in action by masters, writing about it, trying it, and reflecting on it. If you facilitate meetings or trainings, how you get better at your tradecraft? Tips Training Design'

Where in the World are the Innovators? ? GrowGlobally.org


San Francisco/Oakland, USA; Taipei, Taiwan). GrowGlobally.org. global association strategy, regional planning and local infrastructure to grow your business. About. Channels. MarCom. Market & Biz Plan. Meetings. Membership. Products. Public Affairs. Services.

Linking Results To Key Performance Indicators Is Like Hooking Up A Big TV

Beth Kanter

Flickr Photo by HorrorTaxi. The process of linking results to key performance indicators and associated metrics it is like hooking up a big TV.

Big Data: Big Headache or Big Opportunity for Associations?

Association Adviser

Thanks to Michael Lewis’s best-seller Moneyball (later turned into a film starring Brad Pitt), many of you know the story of how the 2002 Oakland A’s baseball team used research and advanced analytics to find highly productive, but underpaid players that would allow them to compete with the richest teams in Major League Baseball for a fraction of the payroll. Hank Berkowitz, Association Adviser.

111 Intriguing Chats for 2011


Walker; Oakland, California; Writer, editor, communicator, walker. I found myself thinking back over all the great 1-on-1 conversations I had in 2010 and wanting to have more in 2011. Here are the parameters I established for making my selections for this year. First, they have to be active on Twitter. I defined this as they had to have tweeted in December. Second, they had to be following me ; in other words, we needed to have already established a connection.

Financial Plus Credit Union


Financial Plus Credit Union was started in 1952, in Flint, MI. What began as a small credit union has now grown to become one of the largest banks in the US, with the following statistics; A projected revenue of between 500-1 billion dollars per year. Over 200 employees. An asset base of over $520.5