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Passing it On

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

My first GEO conference was in 2010 in Pittsburgh. At the time, I working for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Illinois. While I had been a fan of the GEO publications and resources for quite a while, I wasn't sure what to expect of the conference and its attendees. As a way to meet new people and become oriented to the conference, I signed up for the Ambassador program for first time attendees.

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Right Brain Movement Building

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

Although Wikipedia and other sites tell me it’s a myth that the left side of our brains control logical, analytic thinking while the right side controls creativity and intuition, what’s known as “ brain lateralization” is nonetheless proving to be a helpful construct when it comes to strategies for effective movement building.  In a well-attended and well-presented workshop at GEO’s 2014 National Conference in Los Angeles entitled

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This Stuff is Hard but We Aren’t Alone: Perspectives on GEO from a Non-Grantmaking Technologist

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

The Setting

I was in good company as a newbie GEO conference attendee, given that there 47% of participants were first timers – but it was easy as everyone I met was friendly and welcoming to a person.  My firm is dedicated to technology capacity building in the foundation and nonprofit sector – and I hoped to take away some ideas and perspectives on how foundations can become more effective.

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Say what? Finding the Right Message to Move the Field

Publication date: 
03/01/2014

The language we use to convey our ideas and engage people in dialogue can catalyze change.  In fact, many of my favorite moments from GEO’s 2014 conference featured a new frame or fresh way to talk about an old, complicated concept.

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Funding innovation, easier said than done: Explaining the gap between theory and action

Publication date: 
02/01/2014

The words surround us: Innovate, prototype, fail fast, iterate – so why is it so hard to actually put these intentions for innovation into practice within our organizations?

Creating the change we want to see in the world requires unprecedented levels of innovation; but simply recognizing that we need to fund more innovative ideas and likely be more innovative ourselves is harder than it sounds.

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