Tag: book review

Your Summer Social Entrepreneurship Reading List

(Note: complimentary electronic and hard copies of the following books were provided for review purposes. My opinions are my own.) Chicago-area social entrepreneurs, non-profits, and other social change agents are always seeking resources, information, and guidance in fulfilling their mission. Many books are often recommended as “starter” books, providing some insight. This week, we will... Read more »

Book Review: IT'S NOT THE SIZE OF THE DATA

NOTE: A complimentary electronic copy was provided for review. My opinions are my own. Currently, many communities are discussing the impact of “Big Data” – a catchphrase making its way through Chicago-area business and non-profit culture. Learning how to manage and leverage data can have an impact on various non-profit/social venture marketing and fundraising efforts.... Read more »

Book Review: THE MYTHS OF CREATIVITY

In terms of full disclosure: earlier this year, I signed on to be part of the launch team for The Myths of Creativity, a book by David Burkus focusing on misconceptions around innovation. Thankfully, I recently finished reading my complimentary electronic copy of the book (for review purposes, of course) after a few weeks’ spent... Read more »
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THE (Non-Profit) JOB SEARCH CHECKLIST - Book Review

(Special thanks to Amacom Books for providing a complimentary copy for review). Our current economic situation has impacted many in several fields, and non-profits/social good especially so. With increasing numbers of people either being laid off due to funding cutbacks or struggling to find work, it becomes critical to have a systematic approach to finding... Read more »

Book Review: Who Says Social Benefit Is Only A MAN'S WORLD?

Agents of social change – whether they work for non-profits, social ventures, or other organizations – face similar challenges in handling the professional landscape. From office politics to supervising others, it would be easy to mistake the more humanistic tone of social change efforts as “warm and fuzzy”; to survive, one needs to be “smart and... Read more »

HERE COMES EVERYBODY & Non-Profit Organizing Online

Many non-profit organizations use web-based tools  like Meetup and Eventbrite in organizing their events, but are often lost when it comes to understanding basic online organizing principles. In fact, many organizations still think of these platforms (much like social media) as having “followers” rather than “event planning tools”. But thankfully, Clay Shirky’s Here Comes Everybody written very... Read more »
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Book Review - The Newbie's Guide to GOING SOCIAL

Book Review - The Newbie's Guide to GOING SOCIAL
(FULL DISCLOSURE: A Review copy of the book was provided for review purposes. My opinions are my own) One of the challenges that many Chicago area non-profits face is handling not just social media, but the idea of social marketing. Using social media tools in a professional, strategic way can be a challenge, especially for... Read more »

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review

"Peer Progressivism" and FUTURE PERFECT: A Review
With next week’s election, we will be choosing the person who will be setting the agenda for the next few years. We’ll be setting our national agenda….and part of the success has been tapping into decentralized networks. One of the great ideas proposed on Steven Johnson’s Future Perfect is the idea that a new kind of... Read more »

Taking Stock of THE MISSION MYTH

Taking Stock of THE MISSION MYTH
(Note: several pieces of this review were taken from a recent post I wrote for Chicago Now’s Job Stalker blog).  Like many others in Chicago, I am a “consultant” to non-profits and small businesses. Unlike many of my non-profit-oriented colleagues, I don’t take an “anything goes” approach, nor do I see an agency’s mission-driven philosophy any different... Read more »
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Book Review - Making Social Media Tasty for Non-Profits

Book Review - Making Social Media Tasty for Non-Profits
(NOTE: a free  hardbound copy of The Tasti D-Lite Way was provided for purposes of review. My opinions are my own). Once upon a long ago, I had one of my fellow consultant/non-profit types ask me, “Gordon, why do you go to business networking events, and not just stick to non-profits?” The short answer is that... Read more »