Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise

Beth Kanter

This post shares a useful exercise for your digital team to reflect on what not to do for your digital strategy! Strategy as We-Care: An Exercise – guest post by Miriam Brosseau, Director of Engagement, See3 Communications. So, at one point in the course of the workshop, we did the following storytelling exercise with them to start figuring out the right things to be doing and set the program strategy – to delineate its healthy boundaries. (We

Leadership emerges from network culture

Harold Jarche

A new culture emerges. Culture is an emergent property of people working together. A few choice quotes are thrown in, preferably from historically famous leaders, some interactive exercises, straight out of traditional management courses and you’re off. Dave also underlines the fact that over half of your probes will fail and hence the need to have a culture where failure is an option. We don’t do fail-safe design.

Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

Adaptive Path

We, the design community, talk (and write and speak) a lot about empathy. Some, at the extremes, position human-centered designers as Platonic figures releasing stakeholders from the shadows of opinion and faceless analytics into the reality of human emotions, needs, and desires. I fundamentally believe empathy is a foundational soft skill in design practice. ” So, every once in a while, mix some fiction in with those design books, blogs, and tweets.

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Service Design Soft Skill Builder: Empathy

Adaptive Path

We, the design community, talk (and write and speak) a lot about empathy. Some, at the extremes, position human-centered designers as Platonic figures releasing stakeholders from the shadows of opinion and faceless analytics into the reality of human emotions, needs, and desires. I fundamentally believe empathy is a foundational soft skill in design practice. So, every once in a while, mix some fiction in with those design books, blogs, and tweets.

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Help! Testing a network mapping exercise | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Testing a network mapping exercise Published by Nancy White at 2:31 pm under knowledge sharing , networks I often use a variety of paper networking mapping exercises in my face to face workshops. In an upcoming online workshop on knowledge sharing for the CGIAR , we want to do this exercise online — and we want to keep technology low key as this is at the start of the workshop and some participants are not as techy as some of us!

Tips for Activating a Culture of Wellbeing in the Nonprofit Workplace

Beth Kanter

Last month, I was honored to present and facilitate an all-day workshop for nonprofit leaders at the Oregon Nonprofit Leadership Conference on how to activate a culture of well being in the nonprofit workplace, based on my book, The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Many times the reaction to focusing on organizational culture and wellbeing is considered “soft” or “nice” stuff that not lead to results or impact.

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Agile instructional design

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

I’ve been thinking about fresh approaches to instructional design. Instructional design was invented around the time of World War II. ADDIE (analyze, design, develop, implement & evaluate) made it possible to manage the process of creating useful training programs systematically. Modern instructional design needs to focus on creating flexible environments that nurture learning rather than rigid programs that attempt to force lessons into the heads of learners.

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The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.”

Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact

Beth Kanter

Note from Beth: Several years ago, I was got trained in design thinking facilitation methods using Luma and have incorporated these techniques into my consulting and training practice. Different Ways Nonprofits Are Using Design Thinking to Solve Problems and Achieve Impact. This is exactly why the practices of Design Thinking and Systems Theory has enjoyed such welcome from the social sector. Design Thinking moves fast, and relies on “failure” to learn and iterate.

Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy

Beth Kanter

Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab. What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working? I was thrilled to work with the Brainerd Foundation staff to help design and facilitate a design lab using techniques based on Luma Institute methods earlier this month. How do we leverage the “rain” of culture change?3.

Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Beth Kanter

To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here ) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.). This exercise allows participants to share their experience and views on the issues, but once the map was created it gives everyone a landscape view of the issues and challenges. Has your organization used design thinking to rethink the way it works?

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

May the Force Be With You has become part of popular culture since the words were first uttered in the 1977 Star Wars film.

Trainer’s Notebook: Reflections on Designing and Delivering Training To Get Results

Beth Kanter

Design for Participants To Apply. It’s been great to discuss instructional design with other trainers that Deborah has brought together. Recently, Jennifer Ahern Lammer who is the program director for the Alliance of Nonprofit Management , shared several good design points developed by Peter York from TCG and how she applies it. Design for Different Levels of Capacity and Skills: Adapt in Real Time. So, you have to design for that. Training Design

How I use social media | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

I figured it would be good to exercise my memory a bit and unearth some of the key stories that led me to to my social media use today, and perhaps surface some of my patterns. Over the years, this initial online learning experience formed the roots of my practice as a designer and facilitator of online learning events. As with online communities, learning communities benefit from facilitation, both formal and informal, designated or spontaneous and self-generated.

The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand.

Bob Sutton

Design school project teaches bike safety - The Stanford Daily Online. Tim Brown: Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation. Bill Moggridge: Designing Interactions. » The Better By Design Summit: Cool Things I Heard in New Zealand.   It was intended to spread knowledge and whip-up enthusiasm about design thinking among businesses in that lovely country.  Good design creates good stories.

Designing Professional Development for the Distracted Learner

Beth Kanter

Bersin by Deloitte’s infographic “ Meet the Modern Learner ” is an excellent summary of the challenges facing trainers who need to design and deliver professional development for nonprofit professionals. Instructional design is knowing how to organize your content and shape exercises based on brain and learning research. If you are designing and leading any type of training, take into account the current context for your participants.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. Machines have a deep but narrow view of the world they were designed for. But, computers’ creative abilities are expanding rapidly, especially in areas like industrial design.

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Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Doing so effectively requires the kind of leadership that will attract and retain the best possible talent and create a culture of innovation that encourages them to come up with creative solutions to the challenges the firm faces. But, as business systems become more complex, the interactions between their internal components and those of the environment in which they operate dominate the overall design.

Leaving Trails

Clark Quinn

Two memes stuck with me, and the first was “leaving trails” For context, the event featured designers – graphic, industrial, visual – but mostly learning designers. In a session on supporting the growth of design awareness, we were being led through an exercise on body-storming (using role plays to work through issues), and one of the elements that surfaced was posting your designs on the walls in places where it’s hard to see others’ work.

Training Board Members As Brand Champions on Social and Beyond

Beth Kanter

” It was an interactive workshop and the content was on how to leverage senior leaders, board, and staff as champions on social channels. Rachel Calderon, Marketing and Communications Manager, Central Florida Foundation was a workshop participant and after the workshop we brainstormed a design for training her board members to be champions. She agreed to write up her process and experience – and especially grateful as I’m in London now teaching the same topic.

How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

Beth Kanter

If we pay attention to designing good meetings, we’ll be happier in the end. She gave us a great visual showing the anatomy of an meeting – the stages you need to go through for an effective meeting. Planning or design comes first. This is probably a larger cultural issue of organizations scheduling too many back-to-back meetings. There were tons of questions in general about meetings, many about how to change an organization’s meeting culture.

Five Tips for Nonprofits to Avoid Virtual Fatigue

Beth Kanter

Now more than ever we must create a robust workplace culture and stronger relationships to retain our humanness. The team building games are all simple, even fun activities, and they will help boost your team’s engagement if designed well. . Everyone gets a triple bonus – fresh air and exercise, camaraderie, and new ideas ( walking meetings are known to be valuable for improving creativity ). Dance Off Energizer on Zoom.

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The Networked NGO in Pakistan

Beth Kanter

This blog post includes some reflections on the instructional design, delivery, and insights that I hope will inform the field building discussion taking place over at the Packard OE Program site. Program Design. With facilitator’s guidance, grantees will design and implement a small action learning project. These definitions have informed the curriculum, instructional design, peer learning design, and how we will measure and learn along the way.

What Doesn't Kill Us Makes Us Stronger

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Whether they were designed by humans or evolved in nature, why aren ’ t they simpler? According to Carlson and Doyle, you can find very simple biological organisms in nature, and you can design very simple objects. There is a continuing struggle between complexity and robustness in both evolution and human design. Their sophisticated designs enable them to adapt to their environment and function adequately under a wide variety of conditions.

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Performance Architecture

Clark Quinn

I’ve been using the tag ‘learning experience design strategy’ as a way to think about not taking the same old approaches of events über ales. The problem is that it goes far beyond just a more enlightened instructional design, which of course we need. It involves technology systems, design processes, organizational change, and more. This got triggered by an exercise I’m engaging in, thinking how to convey this.

Minds and Machines

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The machines would handle routine processes, record keeping, and quantitative tasks, leaving more time for people to exercise their judgement, intuition, creativity, and interactions with each other. Machines have a deep but narrow view of the world they were designed for. But, computers’ creative abilities are expanding rapidly, especially in areas like industrial design.

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Smart.fm: Why Goals are the new Lists

Adaptive Path

And changing the way we think about something can have powerful implications on what we design and how we evaluate it. Through a series of exercises where we envisioned what the experience of using smart.fm From the experience mapping and metaphor brainstorming exercises that I wrote about previously, we selected some of the most compelling metaphors. Part of the Smart.fm iPhone App Story.

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Notes About Mobile, Digital Trends, and Social Media Leadership from Knight Digital Media Center Workshop

Beth Kanter

One exercise she had us do was to swamp our phones with the person next to us and asked us how we felt to demonstrate the emotional connection we have with our mobile phones. Instructional Design Notes. I facilitated a session in the afternoon which was designed for peer interaction given the topic. Mobile Organizational Culture social media policy Training Design

“… intire of it selfe”

Dave Snowden

Given the domination of those cultures over the centuries it is no wonder that the ontological assumptions of social atomism underpin most work on organisational and also personal development. This applies as much to software development as it does to organisational design by the way.

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Reflections on My Fifty Year Involvement with Computers

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At the time, Professor Roothaan was consulting with IBM on the design of supercomputers, and I also got involved in some of this work. Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture Technology and StrategyOn May 5, I had the honor of giving the commencement address at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.

COVID-19 The Future of Society

Dave Snowden

Cognitive, cultural and experiential diversity are critical to sensing possibilities beyond the conventional and we all need to be a part of that. It’s a good time to exercise our imaginations about what we personally think might be the results – upside scenarios, downside scenarios, really weird scenarios, whatever people are imagining.

Trainer’s Notebook: Facilitating Brainstorming Sessions for Nonprofit Work

Beth Kanter

Group Idea Generation: After laying out the ground rules and a simple warm up exercise, participants are encouraged to share their ideas verbally. Independent Idea Generation: After laying out the ground rules and a simple warm exercise, participants quietly brainstorm ideas individually by writing them down or using sticky notes for 10 minutes. Brainstorming Warm Up Exercise. Do a warm up exercise to get people in a positive mindset (see above).

On Amsterdam, bikes and the Copenhagen Wheel thingy

Adaptive Path

Day 1 (Design Strategy) kicked off on Monday with Henning , and today the Design Research session is going strong with Paula. Andrew and I are in the wings, prepping for Day 3 (Information Architecture) and Day 4 (Interaction Design.) Last December they unveiled design concepts for The Copenhagen Wheel : “a revolutionary new bicycle wheel that not only boosts power, but can keep track of friends, fitness, smog and traffic.&#.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Digital Nonprofit: A Participatory Workshop

Beth Kanter

Last week at the IFC-Asia , I co-designed and facilitated a 90 minute workshop with Marco Kuntze titled “ The Digital NGO: The Journey from Paper to Screen.” There are different ways to design a participatory workshop. We designed a highly interactive workshop based on Jo Wolfe’s “ NGO Digital Maturity Matrix ,” an assessment tool that enables nonprofits to codify mindsets and skill sets required for moving along the path of digital transformation.

Experiential Leadership Development

Beth Kanter

More recently, with support from the Packard Foundation, I’ve been working on an Emerging Leadership Development project with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. We co-authored the “ Emerging Leaders Playbook ,” and I designed and facilitated a peer learning project. So, this trip was a gift in terms of getting new ideas for instructional design. When you are a trainer, you are a designer and facilitator of learning experiences. Training Design

Trainer’s Notebook: #Tech2Empower Peru

Beth Kanter

The rest of the day is spent learning about the local culture, including a walking tour of the city, visiting an historic site, and ending with a local cuisine cooking lesson. The goal is change cultural norms that tell women to be humble and not to speak out – and it ultimately holds them back. Here’s how Kanika facilitated the exercise. She will be doing this exercise with young girls at the high school we are visiting later this week. Training Design

Why Movement Is the Killer Learning App for Nonprofits

Beth Kanter

As a trainer and facilitator who works with nonprofit organizations and staffers, you have to be obsessed with learning theory to design and deliver effective instruction, have productive meetings, or embark on your own self-directed learning path. That’s when you can add a brief stretch break, energizer , or incorporate an exercise that requires getting up and moving around. Training Design

Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

Beth Kanter

Together, we co-facilitated this exercise in two languages and Maria did a great job at bi-lingual capture of the notes. The next exercise introduced participants to the editorial calendar and how to facilitate a brainstorming meeting. We used the resulting brainstorm as the basis for exercises in writing headlines and creating visual content, two of the most important content creation skills for social media staff.

Reflections from Another Part of the World and a Different Side of My Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It is well accepted that a good physical exercise plan should include different kinds of workouts, some focused on aerobics to increase cardiovascular endurance, and some anaerobic in nature to strengthen our muscles. In addition to its benefits on our physical health, a regime of exercise also improves our mental health as well as helping to reduce depression. But, advances in brain sciences have begun to show the importance of also exercising our mental faculties.

Trainer’s Notebook: The Feng Shui of Good Teaching and Learning

Beth Kanter

All of my work these days is focused on designing and delivering effective training for nonprofits -primarily on the topics of social media, strategy, networks, and measurement. So, expect to see regular reflections on good instructional design and delivery for any topic, but especially technology related. I designed and facilitated a peer learning workshop at SXSW last week. How does the room set up support or fight your instructional design? Training Design

Active Training: To Get Nonprofit Audiences Engaged, Keep Them Moving

Beth Kanter

I’m doing a session for the NW Philanthropy and have been asked to talk a little about how to design peer learning and trainings for nonprofits. Having trained nonprofits on every continent of the world (except Antarctica), I had a great laboratory to develop my instructional design and delivery skills. One of the biggest challenges is keeping nonprofits engaged. Energizers are activities designed to awaken a sleeping audience or activate a jaded one.

Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Each video is designed for viewing in brief segments, allowing the in-class teacher time between segments to engage the class in active, goal-oriented exercises. Then the in-class teacher guides the students through an active learning exercise building from the video segment. This iterative process continues until the exercise is over, usually lasting a full class session."

Smarter Public Health

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We can begin to design the overall healthcare system with the objective of keeping everyone as healthy as possible, as well as offering them effective, high quality treatment at affordable costs when they need it. Some like the wide availability of processed foods and lack of exercise are widely acknowledged. We are a culture driven to create food that is alive with flavor and nutrition, prepared from scratch using authentic ingredients.