Social TrendSpotter is a weekly blog and 24/7 social media platform, which features bite-size posts that provide you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. Social TrendSpotter merges the current thinking with the edge of innovation to inspire, to encourage, to educate and – ultimately – to create a better sector. Social TrendSpotter includes original analysis, but also highlights the latest sector-wide thinking into a user-friendly resource where the interested can visit and draw inspiration, cross-pollinate, and provoke their own new thinking.

We look to highlight trends and then, more importantly, to explore them with you. We want you – as the best “Social TrendSpotters” – to share your experiences, observations and suggestions with us as we build the social sector together. We want Social TrendSpotter to become a key resource for you and your team, so feel free to bookmark and share it. Or, follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter for the latest posting.

How to Diagnose Nonprofit Growing Pains

As another year comes to a close and we explore possibilities for the next, many executives and board members reflect on the state of their organizations. I was recently asked by a client about the best way to diagnose where her organization is to help determine where...

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The Activity Trap

In our office, one of our favorite, well-worn books is The Time Trap by R. Alec Mackenzie. We use it as a skill-building tool on time management, but also as a touchstone to remind us to use our time wisely. As Mackenzie notes, “each of us already has all the time...

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5 Truths about Solving Social Issues

There have been rumors lurking in the corners of social entrepreneurship gatherings. I heard them whispered: “There are investors who want to pursue impact investing and social impact bonds, but we don’t have the right deal flow.” We didn’t know for sure – until now....

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Mastering 3Q, or What Would Peter Drucker Say?

In 2002, I attended the Drucker Institute’s annual conference. Based on an impromptu speech I gave during one of the workshops, I was selected to meet with Peter Drucker himself. He was a legend, and I never expected to have a real audience with him. I was content...

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