2021 Nonprofit Trends: Shifting Our Focus to Upstream Nonprofit Work

2021 Nonprofit Trends: Shifting Our Focus to Upstream Nonprofit Work

When I first heard the famous parable about “The River,” I was at a national cardiovascular convening in 2003 held at Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia (made famous by Dirty Dancing). The presenter told the story: you and a friend are having a picnic by the side of a...
After COVID-19: Top 10 Aspirational Goals for Daring Greatly in the Social Sector

After COVID-19: Top 10 Aspirational Goals for Daring Greatly in the Social Sector

As a futurist for the social sector, I get asked a lot about what to expect from a post-COVID-19 world. While there are many things I don’t know, there are some that I do. For example, I know the social sector has risen to the challenge and opportunity of 2020 and...
Cut Through the Noise to Measure What Matters: 3 Steps to Right-Size Evaluation Planning

Cut Through the Noise to Measure What Matters: 3 Steps to Right-Size Evaluation Planning

At WISE’s 2017 Summit on Education, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria was asked the ONE thing that children need to learn. His answer? “Intellectual discipline.” He defined it as the ability to wade through noise, discern the facts, analyze findings and form a point of view. We...