March 24, 2011

Remember the concept of 6 degrees of separation? Every one is connected to everyone else by just 6 degrees of separation. Well, don’t feel unsuccessful if it takes you longer.

In 1967, Yale professor Stanley Milgram identified the concept. But it turns out the research was somewhat flawed – and corrected by Judith Kleinfeld, University of Alaska, in 2002. The truth: Milgram’s original research participants were “particularly sociable,” hence it was easier for them to “do it.” They actually only did it 30% of the time. And, it wasn’t 6 degrees of separation but rather 9. This reality check comes from one of those calendars with notes on the days.

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About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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