January/February Book Club PIck - Measuring The Networked Nonprofit

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our January/February discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club.

This period’s pick is Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share:

  • your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Measuring the Networked Nonprofit and/or
     
  • about your thoughts relating to communicating about your work with your stakeholders. What methods have you found the powerful?

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections related to Measuring the Networked Nonprofit or about what you've learned related to communicating about your work, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the March/April selection The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World. The drawing for the next book will be done on February 29.

Please join us over this month and next to discuss Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. We'd love to hear what you think

Oct/Nov Book Club Pick - The Solution Revolution

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our October/November discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club.

This period’s pick is The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems by William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan. (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share:

  • your thoughts, reflections, and questions about The Solution Revolution and/or
  • about your thoughts relating to your own work. What large social change challenges are you working on?

Share your thoughts on The Solution Revolution for a chance to win a free ebook of the Dec/Jan selection Meansuring the Networked Nonprofit!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections related to The Solution Revolution or about your won project, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the Dec/Jan selection  Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts about the book or share about the issues that your organization are working to solve.

The drawing for the next book will be done on November 30.

Please join us over this month and next to discuss The Solution Revolution. We'd love to hear what you think!

Aug/Sept Book Club Pick - Building Powerful Community Organizations

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our August/September discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. This period’s pick is Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown. (Purchase links at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and from the publisher. PDFs available.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Building Powerful Community Organizations and about your thoughts about building community organizations, mobilizing resources, strengthening infrastructures, and empowering leaders.

Questions to consider include:

  1. What did you think of the book? What was new for you? What resonated?
     
  2. Did you try the exercises in the book? What resonated with you from them?
     
  3. From the Quick Tips section, what jumped out at you as a new way of thinking?

Share your thoughts on Building Powerful Community Organizations for a chance to win a free ebook of the Oct/Nov selection The Solution Revolution!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Building Powerful Community Organizations, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the October/November selection The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about the Aug/Sept. reading selection.

The drawing for the next book will be done on September 30.

Please join us over this month and next to discuss Building Powerful Community Organizations. We'd love to hear what you think!

The Votes are In! The next Forum Book Club selections

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Thank you to everyone who recommended titles and voted in the last Quick Poll on the next books for the Forum's Social Change Book Club! Out of the 20 books nominated, the top 6 most voted selections are:

  1. Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown (August/September)
     
  2. The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems by William Eggers and Paul MacMillan (October/November)
     
  3. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine (December/January)
     
  4. The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World by Marshall Rosenberg (February/March)
     
  5. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam (April/May)
     
  6. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (June/July)

We'll be changing our reading schedule to a more forgiving two months per selection. (We know everyone is busy so it can be hard to fit in time to read!) We look forward to reading these great books with you, and discussing what questions and thoughts come up for you related to your social change work

And like before, we'll be doing ebook giveaways for each book club post, so definitely share your thoughts for a chance to win a future book club selection!

Join the August/September discussion!

Forum Quick Poll - Vote for what the Forum Book Club reads next!

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Recently, we got a great group of suggestions from Forum members on what books to think about as future selections for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. We've now taken all those suggestions, and made them the next Forum Quick Poll.

Please take 2 minutes to fill out this survey and choose your top 5 book choices from the 20 recommendations.

Take the Survey: Vote for what the Forum Book Club will read next

We look forward to sharing the results with you next month!


Want to review the titles before voting?

Below is a list of what titles were recommended by Forum members. (In the poll, you will be asked to choose your top 5 from this list.)

  1. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  2. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs and Scott Kurashige
  3. Building Powerful Community Organizations: A Personal Guide to Creating Groups that Can Solve Problems and Change the World by Michael Jacoby Brown 
  4. Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment by James I. Charlton
  5. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins
  6. Moved to Create: We are always creating, Now we can create consciously by Julie Delene
  7. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  8. The Solution Revolution: How Business, Government, and Social Enterprises Are Teaming Up to Solve Society's Toughest Problems by William Eggers and Paul MacMillan
  9. David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcom Gladwell
  10. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath;
  11. Measuring the Networked Nonprofit: Using Data to Change the World by Beth Kanter and Katie Delahaye Paine
  12. Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal by Oren Klaff
  13. Fit to Be Citizens?: Public Health and Race in Los Angeles, 1879-1939 by Natalia Molina
  14. Leap of Reason: Managing to Outcomes In an Era of Scarcity by Mario Morino
  15. Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
  16. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
  17. Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby
  18. The Heart of Social Change: How to Make a Difference in Your World by Marshall Rosenberg
  19. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  20. Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits-and Won by Marc Solomon

One recommended choice we were unable to include in the survey was Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace. The reason this title was not included was that it is currently only available in hardcover, and our goal is to include books that are available in both paperback and ebook form.

Thank you to everyone for contributing recommendations!

What should the Forum book club read next? We need your recs!

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! We're loving the energy and comments for the Forum's Social Change Book Club and want to continue it. It's great to have a chance to talk with Forum members about the readings and also about your experiences in the field.

So far, we've read books on leadership (Everyone Leads), change management (Switch), complexity (Getting to Maybe), and community engagement (Deepening Community.)

We want to know what your thoughts are on:

  • What books or articles would you like to read next?
  • What readings would you recommend to the Forum community to read?
  • What topics would you like to read more about?

Ebook Giveaway: To go along with our book giveaway theme for the book club discussions, and to thank you for your reading suggestions, we'll randomly select three recommendations to win a free ebook of a past book club selection! (Kindle or Nook versions.)

Please share with us in the comments what you would like to read next (or what books/articles you think the Forum should check out.)

Thank you!

May Book Club Discussion - Deepening Community

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our May discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. This month's pick is Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times by Paul Born. (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Deepening Community and about your thoughts about being in a community. Some questions to explore include:

1) What does “community” mean to you? Where do you experience community now in your life?

2) Much of our collective impact work is about working better together. What has been some of your favorite times or moments where you were working “in community” with others?

3) What are the things that you think help build community? What practical examples or practices can you think help build community?

Share your thoughts on Deepening Community for a chance to win a free ebook of a past Forum book club selection!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Deepening Community or about your experiences building community, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of a past Forum book club selection. (The choice is yours!)

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about this month's reading.

The drawing for the next book will be done on June 1.

Please join us all month to discuss Deepening Community. We'd love to hear what you think!

April Book Club Discussion - Switch

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our April discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. This month's pick is Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Switch. Some questions to explore include:

1) Not all big changes are hard. Have there been big changes at your organization or collective impact effort where you felt like you embraced the change, rather than resist it?

2) Chapter 2 discusses “bright spots”. What do you consider the bright spots of your work? And how do you think you can create more “bright spots”?

3) Collective impact involves often both social change and systems change. What are the changes your project is working to implement? How has the change process been for you so far?

4) How does your work try to shape the environment around it to make change easier? (e.g. programs to encourage healthy eating. Recycling initiatives. New mentor programs, etc.)

5) When reading Switch, was did you find most resonating when thinking about your own work?

Share your thoughts on Switch for a chance to win a free ebook of the Forum's May book selection!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Switch, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the Forum's May book club choice—Deepening Community by Paul Born.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about this month's reading.

The drawing for the next book will be done on April 30.

Please join us all month to discuss Switch. We'd love to hear what you think!

March Book Club Discussion - Everyone Leads

Posted 4 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our March discussion thread for the Forum's Social Change Book Club. This month's pick is Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up by Paul Schmitz. (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Everyone Leads.

  • How did the discussions or stories in the book resonate with you?
  • Did any of it help shine a light on your own initiatives?
  • What did you find inspiring?
  • What brought up more questions for you?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

Share your thoughts on Everyone Leads for a chance to win a free ebook of the Forum's April book selection!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Everyone Leads, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the Forum's April book club choice—Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about this month's reading

The drawing for the next book will be done on April 1

Please join us all month to discuss Everyone Leads. We'd love to hear what you think!

February Book Club Discussion - Getting to Maybe

Posted 5 years ago at 4:40 am

Hello, Forum members! This is our February discussion thread for the first book selection for the Forum's new Social Change Book Club. This month's pick is Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed by Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, and Michael Patton. (Purchase links at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.)

In this thread, we welcome you to share your thoughts, reflections, and questions about Getting to Maybe.

  • How did the discussions or stories in the book resonate with you?
  • Did any of it help shine a light on your own initiatives?
  • What did you find inspiring?
  • What brought up more questions for you?
  • What would you like to learn more about?

Also, we choose Getting to Maybe for our first book club selection as a way to honor the recent passing of coauthor Brenda Zimmerman, who was an inspiring thinker in complexity theory.

Share your thoughts on Getting to Maybe for a chance to win a free ebook of the Forum's March selection!

For each person who shares their thoughts and reflections about Getting to Maybe, you will be automatically entered into a random drawing to win a free ebook of the Forum's March book club choice--Everyone Leads by Paul Schmitz.

To be eligible to win: our only requirement is that we ask you to share your thoughts and questions about this month's reading.

The drawing for the next book will be done on March 1.

Please join us all month to discuss Getting to Maybe. We'd love to hear what you think!
 

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