Our weekly blog, Social TrendSpotter provides you with the latest trends and ideas within the social sector. It merges 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 social sector professionals and students alike can draw inspiration, share ideas and develop new thinking on best practices.

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Theory of Change: Mapping Your Own North Star

Finding your direction in the social sector can be daunting. With limited resources and so many competing interests vying for our time and attention, it would be helpful if we had a compass to guide us toward our “north star” of social change. At Social...

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Not-So-Scary Social Media Steps

Social media is taking over! This can be scary, but it shouldn’t be. Done well, social media can be one of the most effective ways to reach and expand your audience. But, how do we do social media well? We have asked ourselves this question and attended...

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Tricks of the Trade for Social Sector Job Seekers

In addition to being the time of year when the leaves start to turn and pumpkin spice is back in season, fall is also known as prime job-seeking time. Whether you are actively looking for a new job or think it may be time to leave your current job, we know...

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The Social Sector’s F-Word – Failure

Yes – I said it: failure is the social sector’s F-word. We don’t talk about it or learn from it. It has become the word that is holding us back from greater success. I never realized how strange this was until I went to business school and failure was considered a...

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How eHarmony Can Help Us Find the Right Employees

When it comes to hiring employees, the social sector can take a cue from the dating website, eHarmony. eHarmony connects people looking for long-term relationships and matches them based on dimensions of compatibility. In making a commitment to long-term...

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