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By Kirk Kramer and Julia Tao,The Bridgespan Group
“Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.”
-President John F. Kennedy
A strong nonprofit sector requires strong [...]
By Dara Major
The specific learning needs of grantmakers can vary quite a bit,depending on mission,goals,structure and context and,ultimately,individual roles and competencies.
We’ve scanned the sector for existing,high-quality frameworks that illustrate a range of perspectives on roles and competencies in a variety of operating contexts,with the understanding that [...]
by Jessica Bearman
I was inspired to write this quick post after I watched the goofy MASTERFUL video that Gabriel Kasper put together to summarize the top ten learnings from Growing Social Impact in a Networked World:A Grantmakers’Gathering on Networks hosted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the Monitor Institute. Several things stood [...]
by Barbara Demarest
Mercer,who conducts the What’s Working(TM) survey,has asserted that “half of all US employees are really not happy.”When the economy is down,people understandably stay with jobs they don’t find satisfying. There is no support for transitioning to a different,more satisfying job. The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s recent article:[...]
by Barbara Demarest
With the economy causing everyone to tighten their belts a bit,many of us are finding we have to “do-it-yourself” in some areas where we might once have had professional help. Specifically,we have to actively manage our own careers including keeping an eye on our own training and development. These [...]
Although I get next to no good information about what my first grader does in school every day (I don’t remember,mom!) I have some memory of grade school learning,from the exciting and experiential to the tedious but somehow satisfying rote memorization of multiplication tables. I didn’t spend a lot of time in those [...]
There are plenty of good ways to learn from your colleagues,ranging from the informal (a shout or IM over the wall) to the extremely structured. In this week’s Learning about Learning post,we introduce a technique called “Peer Assist,” which provides a structured (and socially acceptable) way to steal the brains tap the insights [...]
A book I read recently,Cutting for Stone,by Abraham Verghese,takes place mainly in a cash-strapped hospital in Ethiopia,and has one of the best literary commentaries on philanthropy that I’ve read in a while. It’s a great scene in a thought-provoking,blush-inducing way – a passage that would make wonderful fodder for discussion [...]
Do you remember the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life,the Universe,and Everything?
If you were a nerdy pre-teenager in the late 70s and early 80s,you know that the answer is “42”.
Now what’s the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life,the Universe,and Philanthropy?
Aside from the [...]
Recently there has been some discussion in the world of philanthropy about failure. We thought we would gather a few different viewpoints on failure and learning from both the field of philanthropy and from other sectors. Here is a collection of ideas about failure –whether you learn more from it than success,how you [...]