Simone Uncensored

September 18, 2017

Eve of destruction…Ken Burns’ PBS show

Wow. A second blog in one day. So sorry but…

I’ve told you before that Viet Nam is my war.

Was it Burns’ war, too? Started last night on PBS in the U.S.

See the pre – review of all 18 hours….“Ken Burns’ ‘Vietnam War’ will break your heart and win your mind,” by James Poniewozik.

“The saddest thing about this elegiac documentary may be the credit it extends its audience. “The Vietnam War” still holds out hope that we might learn from history, after presenting 18 hours of evidence to the contrary.

Do you remember The Eve of Destruction by Barry McGuire? July 1965. I get so angry and sad. And we didn’t learn. Still happening today.

Do you know Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers? Thanks for the photocopying and leaking of classified info. You’re a hero. (By the way, I think Edward Snowden is a hero, too.)

Just think about this, from the Poniewozik review: “Mr. Burns is willing to risk obviousness because his project is not to find surprising twists on American history. It’s to create a historical canon in the most proadly acceptable terms…. Mr. Burns’ films assume that it’s still possible for americans to have an agreed-on baseline … on government, war, race and culture … from which to go forward.”

I wish that were true…that agreed-on baseline. Because I haven’t seen it … certainly not about Nam and not about race or gender or even good government or culture or….

 

Filed under: Social Commentary

September 18, 2017

Notes from my dorm room

Cohort 27 explored some great cage-rattling questions (CRQs):

From Dan: How do we move the board from a reactive to a proactive focus?

From Anna: How do we prepare for things we can’t predict?

From Derek: What kind of financial transparency matters in an organization?

Thank you all!!!

Filed under: Leadership

September 13, 2017

A good day of blogs/newsletters

Today – the day that I am writing – is Tuesday, July 25.

Maybe you saw these blogs and newsletters back on that day. But in case you did not — or even if you did — check these out. Read carefully. Then read again.

Now how will you apply this to your organization?

How your beset fundraising turns into junk mail when you aren’t looking. (Jeff Brooks at Moceanic)

Those agitator.net pals talking about ice cream (also known as VICE CREAM).

Tom Ahern’s e-newsletter with communications audit and bunches of particularly cool stuff.

Filed under: Resources

September 6, 2017

So much out there on the internet.

I often get emails from various businesses asking me to blog about their assistance to nonprofits. Sometimes I post because the info seems that it might be useful to our beloved NGO sector. I’m not attesting to the quality or usefulness or anything else. But something caught my eye and it could be useful.

I was intrigued about the Data Cleaning Checklist. We’re all talking about/worried about data…too much data…wrong data…better data…whatever. So visit ADVIZOR Solutions Inc. And there’s a section on FUNDRAISING DATA.

ADVIZOR uses the phrase: Creating a culture of analytics. I LOVE THIS!

You know how much I appreciate organizational culture – and all the subsets of culture. That’s the theme of my September newsyletter…various cultures.

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And how about the newest from Abila? 2017 Member Loyalty Study. Remember what The Agitator said back in 2009: Loyalty is the Holy Grail of fundraising. And I say loyalty is the Holy Grail of any business!!!!

Filed under: Resources

August 28, 2017

Free 4-part workshop! Starts September 13.

I love this title! “Don’t Ask, Don’t Get”

We’re in the asking business, people!! The biggest reason anyone gives anything? Because they’re asked!

This workshop will help you fundraisers (and your board members and CEO and and…) be more comfortable and effective when they ask. This workshop will help you – the leader – help them do the asking.

How does this work?

  • 4 videos delivered directly to you over a week. Each video is only 30 minutes long. Long enough for you to learn. Short enough to squeeze the learning in over lunch or breakfast or after work or…
  • And live Q&A with Brian!

Who is doing this? ASKINGMATTERS.COM. What will you learn?

  • You’ll learn about asking styles (Did you know there are different styles? I learned helpful stuff when I read the book about asking styles.)
  • You’ll learn about the role of the asker. (That could be you or a board member or a donor who loves you and wants to help raise money!) 
  • You’ll learn about how to design and conduct the asking meeting.

Click here for more details.

Register now. Register yourself…your CEO…And maybe a board member or two! Just go for it. Ask. Ask better!

 

August 21, 2017

Story telling … and novels

I’m always collecting quotations. I can talk about fundraising through novels and pop song lyrics.

I just finished this great novel. The Trespassers by Tana French.

Cop story. Very mysterious. Lots of twists and turns. Magnificent writing.

Which person is telling which story. And which story is real or so real or a lie or it’s my story and you begin adding to it and then it’s our story and then….

“When you were with her, you found yourself coming up with stories.”

Telling a made-up story: “It felt magical. As if the whole thing had actually happened but somehow we’d both forgotten.”

“She told me she loved bookshops. Magic, she said, specially small ones like this; you always felt like you might find the one book you’d been looking for all your life, at the back of some shelf.”

I use these kinds of quotations in articles and in the books I write. Almost mystical. So full of … feelings. Meanings. Understandings

I made up tons of stories, elaborate stories… To help me fall asleep. To mitigate the boredom in long car rides. I’d pick them up later. You know, the next chapter.

I do that now. With winning the lottery. My social justice foundation and staff. Gifts to siblings. A flat in Paris. Specific gifts to specific causes. (But damn. I keep forgetting to buy lottery tickets!)

 

 

Filed under: Just for fun

August 15, 2017

We do bad stuff. Justice does not triumph yet. (Sometimes I have hope.)

Critically important article in the Washington Post… CHARLOTTESVILLE IS NOT THE CONTINUATION OF AN OLD FIGHT. IT IS SOMETHING NEW. Can we do this something new? Will you join the fight?

Seth Godin’s insightful commentary about bad science and good science: SLOPPY SCIENCE…”For hundreds of years, though, science has gotten it wrong about gender, race and ethnicity. Eugenics and its brethren sound simple, but often lead to tragic outcomes.”

Saturday morning, August 13, we visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We heard about Charlottesville on the way to the Museum. At the museum, we saw the the best summary of our national shame – and the West’s shame, too. Racism so detailed, so intentional so planned…and so spontaneous.

For me…Days of sadness and embarrassment and huge anger for my country… my fellow citizens… my world… those I know and don’t know…All of us.

Filed under: Social Commentary

August 14, 2017

Online learning

August 7, 2017

What do you measure?

Ah measures. Or metrics.

How did you decide to measure what you measure? Do you measure the right stuff? Who decides what the right stuff is?

How about a REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION about what an organization should measure? Would these questions help you decide?

How many of these fundraising measures does your organization use?

Have you read Jim Collins’ little monograph called Good to Great and the Social Sectors? I love the way he talks about metrics in nonprofits. Use that with your boss and board!

 

August 3, 2017

Notes from my dorm room: Welcome Cohort 27

My annual July sojourn in Winona, Minnesota. At Saint Mary’s University. I LOVE LOVE teaching in the masters program for Philanthropy and Development.

Cohort 27. Can you imagine? This program is 27 years old. And I’ve been teaching since 2000, Cohort 9.

Some great stuff from Cohort 27.

  • We watched Brené Brown’s vulnerability video. If you haven’t watched it, do so! If you have, watch it again, as I do every year.
  • Brandon noted that when we’re leading change, remember the 7 emotional triggers: Anger. Fear. Greed. Guilt. Flattery. Exclusivity. Salvation. SMART! Those emotional triggers are useful for more than fundraising!
  • Geologist Jeff told us to check out KK.org. (Kevin Kelly) Some interesting stuff. For example: The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces that Will Shape out Future. And check his blogs.

P.S. Hey Cohort 27 members. Here are a few videos that we didn’t watch but I think you’ll find them cool and applicable to our first course together. How might you use some of this stuff back home? Go for it!!

First follower: Lessons from dancing guy

Empathy: Jeremy Rifkin

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