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  • Human capital is the most valuable asset in the social sector. Discover how nonprofits can create a recruiting framework and demonstrate organizational value to employees.

    Featuring Sal Giambanco
  • Akaya_Windwood_Rockwood_Leadership_Institute Rockwood Leadership Institute president Akaya Windwood discusses how we can get movements and sectors to work together to advance the common good.

    Featuring Akaya Windwood
  • Tina_Seelig_Stanford_Technology_Ventures_Program_SSIR_headshot Stanford Professor Tina Seelig discusses how to unlock creative genius through a set of tools and conditions we each have in our control—our “innovation engine.”

    Featuring Tina Seelig
  • Nathalie_Kylander_Hauser_Center_Nonprofit_Organizations Harvard researcher Nathalie Kylander challenges traditional branding principles and proposes a new framework for developing a more strategic brand.

    Featuring Nathalie Kylander
  • What is a “social economy” and how is it affecting leaders in nonprofit management?

    Featuring Lucy Bernholz & Rob Reich
  • Heather_McLeod_Grant A look at successful strategies of high-impact nonprofits, and how small and local nonprofits can leverage them.

    Featuring Heather McLeod Grant
  • Beth_Kanter_social_network_mapping_ssir Social media guru Beth Kanter discusses how nonprofits can utilize their professional networks to develop a “network mindset.”

    Featuring Beth Kanter
  • In this audio interview, Sheela Sethuraman talks with Laura Stachel and Hal Aronson, co-founders of WE CARE Solar, about their effort to combat this issue worldwide. WE CARE stands for Women’s Emergency Communication and Reliable Electricity.

    Featuring Laura Stachel & Hal Aronson
  • How can a young nonprofit organization make a tangible improvement in people's health through clean water using only the power of gravity?

    Featuring Daniel Smith
  • Dean_Jansen_SSIR_Co-Founder_Universal_Subtitles What happens when you leverage the power of internet volunteerism in much the same way as Wikipedia, but with the intention of translating and subtitling videos?

    Featuring Dean Jansen

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  • In spite of an improving economy, nonprofit mergers continue to lag their for-profit counterparts. Nonprofit leaders are finding that progress is being made on some of the major barriers that have prevented nonprofits from exploring mergers, yet three softer issues are miring…

    Katie Smith Milway, Lois Savage, Elisabeth D. Babcock, & Decker Ngongang
  • How can you build a capacity for innovation within your social purpose organization? Join Warren Nilsson and Tana Paddock as they discuss the theory and practice of “inscaping”—their term for the work of drawing on personal experience to generate the raw material…

    Warren Nilsson, Tana Paddock, & Marlon Parker
  • Innovation is all the rage. In this complimentary webinar, academic scholars and nonprofit leaders Seelos, Mair, May, and Joseph will examine innovation as an organizational process, looking at the ingredients needed to make the process productive as well as the pathologies that…

    Christian Seelos, Johanna Mair, Maria May, & Jessica “Kippy” Joseph
  • Though it may seem counterintuitive for a sector already struggling to support, sustain, and scale up its impact—panelists Shore, Hammond, and Celep argue that nonprofits need to embrace a much heavier lift. They must look beyond short-term achievements that please funders, staff,…

    Bill Shore, Darell Hammond, & Amy Celep
  • #GivingTuesday is a celebratory kick-off day to the giving season. In its inaugural year last year, on #GivingTuesday online giving increased around 50% percent from the previous year. Donors gave millions to nonprofit organizations online and the day stoked a national conversation…

    Henry Timms, Aaron Sherinian, Mayur Patel, Andrea Heydlauff, & Perla Ni
  • Join us to explore how to address the next phase in the collective impact dialogue, complexity, and create an intentional process that allows for effective solutions. John Kania, coauthor of SSIR’s Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity, will discuss this…

    John Kania, Blair Taylor, & Mark Cabaj
  • To become more effective, nonprofits and foundations are turning to various sources for advice. Some look to experts, others turn to crowdsourcing. Experts and crowds can produce valuable insights, but too often nonprofits and funders ignore the constituents who matter most, the…

    Fay Twersky, Phil Buchanan, & Valerie Threlfall
  • Social media and the Internet have permanently disrupted the traditional donor-engagement process through online competitions, viral video campaigns, and mobile giving, to name a few. With each new way for organizations and donors to interact come increasingly complex entry points into the…

    Julie Dixon & Denise Keyes
  • On every CEO’s “worry list” is whether he or she has the leaders the organization needs to thrive in the future. Will current managers be ready to step up? If not, then what? In this webinar, Kramer and Nayak of The Bridgespan…

    Kirk Kramer & Preeta Nayak
  • Thanks to rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, it is possible for stakeholders in the nonprofit sector to disclose more, to know more, and to demand more through increased transparency and collaboration. In October, a group of the largest US foundations…

    Lucy Bernholz, Darin McKeever, Jake Porway, & June Wang