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Nonprofit Management


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Nonprofit Management

Stories as Data

Are you ignoring your richest intel? How organizations can yield a wealth of valuable data through story-based research.

By Denise Withers | Sep. 24, 2013

Nonprofit Management

To Get to the Good, You Gotta Dance With the Wicked

There may not be one resolution to wicked problems and nonprofits can’t—and shouldn’t—do it all.


Nonprofit Management

Using Story to Solve Social Problems

How narrative intelligence can help everyone design solutions and generate useful data.

By Denise Withers | 2 | Sep. 17, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Cut to the Chase: How Stories Engage

Three ways organizations can use story as a platform for social innovation.

By Denise Withers | 4 | Sep. 10, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Design Thinking for Evaluation and Learning

Three ways design thinking can maximize the relevance and impact of evaluation and organizational learning efforts.


Board Governance

Transforming Board Members Into Energized Partners

Two ways nonprofit leaders can develop better, more productive relationships with their boards.

By Jeffrey C. Walker & Jennifer McCrea | 7 | Aug. 12, 2013

Board Governance

Shake Up Your Board Meeting

Boring nonprofit board meetings are deadly.

By Curtis Chang | 2 | Aug. 1, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Making the Case for Innovation at Scale

Part of a series of articles on helping mature organizations stay adaptive and increase their social impact

By Heather McLeod Grant | Jul. 31, 2013

Nonprofit Management

Leveraging Legacy Organizations

Part of a series of articles on helping mature organizations stay adaptive and increase their social impact.

By Heather McLeod Grant | 3 | Jul. 24, 2013
SSIR blogger Thaler Pekar is the principal partner of Thaler Pekar & Partners. She facilitated the opening plenary of the most recent Smithsonian Institute Conference on Organizational Storytelling.

Nonprofit Management

Hearing the Stories within the Stories

It’s easy to revert to big narratives and much harder to let small, surprising, and telling stories emerge.

By Thaler Pekar | 2 | Jul. 16, 2013