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Personal Democracy Forum: Rethinking Nonprofits


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  • Thank you Mazarine for your thoughts about free agents and fortress!
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  • Thank you so much for making this presentation!

    I agree that this problem extends deeply into nonprofit culture-Don't listen to outsiders, and Don't take a risk on untested models.

    I used to work at a nonprofit where the ED would never return emails, phonecalls, or any attempt at getting ahold of them, even if they were community partners that we NEEDED to connect with.

    The issue of the fortress is about

    0. A culture of destitution that has everyone barely treading water, and does not allow free thought

    1. Capacity (everyone's stressed and overworked) and

    2. Broader understanding by nonprofit staff about how allowing free agents in can help them.

    For example I tried to get 3 different consultants hired by a former nonprofit, to do strategic planning and marketing, and every time, I was denied. Getting free agents into nonprofits is a risk, and nonprofits don't like risk.

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Personal Democracy Forum: Rethinking Nonprofits

  1. Rethinking Nonprofits in a Networked Age Beth Kanter and Allison Fine Co-Authors, The Networked Nonprofit
  2. Allison H. Fine
  3. Beth Kanter
  5. Why we wrote this book
  6. Complex social problems that outpace the capacity of any individual organization Photo by uncultured
  7. In a networked world, nonprofits need to work less like this Source: David Armano The Micro-Sociology of Networks
  8. And more like this …. With apologies to David Armano for hacking his visual! Source: The Micro-Sociology of Networks
  9. The Networked Nonprofit BE DO Understand Networks Work with Free Agents Create Social Culture Work with Crowds Listen, Engage, and Build Learning Loops Relationships Trust Through Transparency Friending or Funding Simplicity Govern through Networks
  10. Use social media tools to organize, mobilize, raise funds, and communicate with constituents but outside of institutional walls #netnon #freeagent
  11. The Nonprofit Fortress
  12. Nonprofit Fortress Free Agent
  13. The Opposite of Fortresses Transparent
  14. Transparent nonprofits consider everyone inside and outside of the organization resources for helping them to achieve their goals
  15. How many free agents does it take to turn a fortress inside/out?
  16. “I can’t single-handedly end global poverty, but I can take actions and inspire others.” Shawn Ahmed
  17. “the problem isn’t social media, the problem is that YOU are the fortress. Social media is not my problem: I have over a quarter million followers on Twitter, and 2.1 million views on YouTube. I have a hard time having you guys take me seriously. “
  18. Red Cross Shawn
  19. • What has been your experience in turning fortresses inside out? • Should we try to change free agents or just let them be?
  20. @afine @kanter Book on Amazon: