Mapping Communities

July 21, 2015
Why would mapping communities be important for communications efforts? Mapping is important because it can help us see where we are (current boundaries), where we’ve been (past reach), and where we’re going to go (gaps and opportunities).

Looking Beyond for Inspiration

July 20, 2015
This year, I set a goal to look outside public media for inspiration, feedback, and collaboration. On that journey, I found NTEN and can’t wait to attend the Leading Change Summit in September!

Professional Development that Is Different by Design

July 20, 2015
I have always found conferences to be both the most exciting and a somewhat puzzling part of my professional development throughout the years. The chance to get out of “the norm” of my day-to-day work at my organization is always refreshing, as a chance to gain renewed perspective. For many years, I also found that I often had a few spark or “aha” moments at each conference. Sadly, they didn’t always have the staying power to significantly impact my work.

The Quest for a Nimble Data System

July 16, 2015
Data: the answer to my prayers and the bane of my existence. Data can guide strategy and overwhelm you to the point of inaction. If you don’t have the systems in place to mine and analyze it, all that wonderful, insightful information becomes as useful as pretty much everything Amazon had on sale for Prime Day.  

Announcing the 2015 Digital Adoption Report!

July 15, 2015
How do organizations keep staff connected? This report provides benchmarks and qualitative data about online technology and digital inclusion efforts among nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

Getting Strategic about Digital Transformation in the Nonprofit Sector

July 14, 2015
Today, I’m hugely excited because we’ve started to come to terms with digital transformation in a big way. I lead NPC’s think tank work, and we’ve recently kicked off the first phase of a program that aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies in the social sector. That’s what I’ll be at the 15LCS to explore, refine, and develop with like-minded colleagues from the US and beyond.

2015 Digital Adoption Report

July 14, 2015
How do organizations keep staff connected? This report provides benchmarks and qualitative data about online technology and digital inclusion efforts among nonprofits and the communities that they serve.

16NTC Session Voting is Open July 8 – 30

July 10, 2015
Voting on the session proposals for the 2016 Nonprofit Technology Conference (16NTC) opened up this week and things are off to an exciting start with roughly 2,500 votes in just the first 24 hrs.

Announcing the 16 Fellows in the 2015 Digital Inclusion Fellowship

July 10, 2015
In May, NTEN and Google Fiber launched the Digital Inclusion Fellowship, a new program investing in local communities and nonprofit organizations to address the digital divide. We are now proud to announce the 16 Fellows who will be working for the next year on projects that include setting up basic computer skills courses, increasing home internet usage, and volunteer recruitment and training.

Working with Distributed Teams

July 9, 2015
Information technology (and especially the Internet) have helped to remove geographic barriers that once defined working teams. Organizations of all sizes are finding that the benefits of distributed teams outweigh the risks and weaknesses.