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I had my mind blown at an exhibit yesterday (shout to the education docent Christina). In Espacio Reverso, Photographer Camila Rodrigo features a beautiful picture of moss-covered rocks in a stream somewhere, I think Sweden. The photo (above) is about one story high and set against the Museum’s pond and garden. The premise behind the show is that we use the terms “landscape” and “nature” synonymously. But landscapes (in the artistic sense) are constructs…
I read about birds to understand how I can work more collaboratively on a specific project. I look into ancient myths to better understand how a client can tell a story. Or, I look deeper into a case study on mold growth to see if there are lessons on virality. I’ve always been this way, and the people I hold closest to me operate pretty similarly. We read everything (my Goodreads list is at 300…
The biggest crime my clients commit against themselves, and their positive impact, is censorship. But it’s not for lack of good intent. In fact, they do it because that’s what they’re told to do. Too many ideas make them look naive, unprofessional, and is a sure sign they don’t know what you’re doin’. How We Plug Up Positive Impact How does this happen in practice? Let’s say there’s a nonprofit executive that realizes the services…
The biggest crime my clients commit against themselves, and their positive impact, is censorship. But it’s not for lack of good intent. In fact, they do it because that’s what they’re told to do. Too many ideas make them look naive, unprofessional, and is a sure sign they don’t know what you’re doin’. How We Plug Up Positive Impact How does this happen in practice? Let’s say there’s a nonprofit executive that realizes the services…
Yes! Holiday season is upon us! You’ve probably bookmarked a dozen Black Friday sites and eaten several “last pieces” of candy you weren’t supposed to have in the first place. Nothing wrong with either, they’re official starts to the season. But, what are you doing with this time to move forward? The country tends to slow down a bit the week of Thanksgiving, allowing us a chance to create space. Space for reflecting, space for…
Admittedly, this isn’t something I have to worry about. But I know that quite a few of you are heavy on social media or have a bit of a following. The infamous Kim K debacle put social media disclosure on the radar of many folks. If you didn’t hear about it, the FTC sent Mrs. K a nice letter after she continued to endorse products without disclosing the relationship she had with the brands. Since…
We sleep on how complex it is to launch something new. In the midst of the stress eating, best guesses, decision-making and all the other work on our plate we can get caught in the trees and lose the forest. Whether you’re a socially conscious business, charity, social enterprise or just an organizer, how many times have you launched something that wound up being a bit womp womp? Right now, you might be implementing a…
Your Problem Ain’t Branding There’s a shift that’s slowly coming to the funding space for nonprofits. As more foundations begin to give PRI’s and MRI’s to socially conscious businesses, nonprofits are beginning to realize funding will rely on innovation and relevancy. Innovation and relevancy to keep the attention of existing individual donors, as well as attract new funders. There are a number of ways to drive innovation, I happen to think an incubator is a…
Ask an organization what they need, and they’re likely to list one of these three; more donors, more dollars (investment) or visibility (attention). Short term, it’s relatively simple to fix any one of these. The fix may not be ideal, but it can be simple. I can take out a high interest loan for investment, or spent a ton of money on Facebook to get your attention. Long term, each requires the organization to dig…
Ask an organization what they need, and they’ll likely list one of these three; more donors, more dollars (investment) or more visibility (attention). Short term, it’s pretty simple to fix any one of these. The fix may not be ideal, but it can be simple. I can take out a high-interest loan for investment, or spent a ton of money on Facebook to get attention. Long term, each requires an organization dig deeper to find…