So thought-terminating clichés, what are they? Coined in a book called “Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism,” a book written in 1956 about brainwashing in China, A thought-terminating cliché is a commonly used phrase, sometimes passing as folk wisdom, used to quell cognitive dissonance. Though the phrase in and of itself may be valid… [Keep Reading]
Did you see Michael Moore’s speech? Transcript below. America Is NOT Broke by Michael Moore MichaelMoore.com March 5, 2011 America is not broke. Contrary to what those in power would like you to believe so that you’ll give up your pension, cut your wages, and settle for the life your great-grandparents had, America is not… [Keep Reading]
In 2001, a friend of mine came out to me. He had never told anyone he was gay. He was 20. He didn’t know where any resources were, despite living near Provincetown and Boston his whole life. Since I didn’t know a lot about various LGBTQ organizations, I pointed him to the now sadly defunct Planet Out (which now redirects to Gay.com), where I thought he might be able to find more people in the community. Then we went to Jacques Cabaret, a piano bar, but we couldn’t get in because I forgot my ID.
A reader emailed me recently and asked me to please please blog about something that she sees a lot, namely, people not understanding why we have all of these LGBTQ organizations, and why they are different, why we need them.
Want social proof that your nonprofit should have an online presence? I submit this case study for your consideration. The Networked Nonprofit is a book by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter, which you should really go buy, okay? This story is from the Networked Nonprofit. “WildlifeDirect” a nonprofit based in Nairobi, Kenya, tried this approach… [Keep Reading]
If your boss does not understand fundraising, give them a 2 minute explanation of how fundraising works. Show them that they’ll get the best bang for their buck from major gifts, and individuals, and the least from foundations, corporations, and events. There are graphs from Giving USA and Philanthropy Reports that go into detail about… [Keep Reading]
I would make the case by saying, “We are speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Ask them if you would ask a baby to speak up for itself if it was being abused by parents. Ask if you would tell a person who was mentally handicapped to speak up for themselves. If it’s cruelty that you oppose and dignity that you promote, show how these values are universal. The more you get in front of people and teach them about the beauty of being a pet owner, and the sadness of an abused pet, the more money you will get. It’s all about asking, all the time.
This last week, Katya Anderson wrote about the numbing of our compassion when we have heard lots of statistics and lots of stories. I was just reading about this trend in “Half the Sky” and it frankly shocked me, that people could care less and less about greater quantities of people, the more stories that… [Keep Reading]
So, quite often, I get emails like the one below, from kids wet behind the ears, just following orders, trying to get the word out about their event/product/company and wanting me to blog/tweet/endorse the product in some fashion. For free. Yes. For free. Why would I do that? Anyway, I finally decided that since I… [Keep Reading]
Tell them how you celebrate successes in your organization.
Tell them how you resolve conflict.
Tell them how you help people keep learning, and talk about advancement opportunities in your organization.
Tell them how you supplement their salary with generous time off, flex-time, work-from-home options, full health benefits, and bonuses if they go over goal with an event, grant, or appeal.
Have you ever worked for a big corporation? Did you feel burned out on that lifestyle? What were some contributing factors, if so? Want me to take a guess? I just read a blog post by Pamela Slim from Escape from Cubicle Nation, “An open letter to CXOs all over the world”. Here are the… [Keep Reading]
I believe that we need to end rape and gender-based violence in the Congo.
Lately I’ve been reading “Half the Sky” and realizing something needs to be addressed.