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Half-Life of Content: Making the Best Morsels Last. W4/11 1pmET

April 8, 2018 by


One of the biggest challenges managing content these days is keeping it around. Good ideas take many forms – whether a Tweet, an IG Post, a Pinterest Pin or a  Medium Story – but no sooner have we created (or stumbled onto) that next morsel of brilliance, it’s gone. We are victims of the endless […]

The Future of (sm)Chat – the results are in; and the Survey Says?

August 1, 2016 by


Most hesitate when asked to complete a survey. I know I do. But over the last 6 weeks, 31 people in the #smchat community opted to take a few minutes to share their thoughts on what they see as longer-term success factors. The results of the first ever #smchat Futures Survey are in. Clearly it’s […]

Are there Initial Conditions for the Emergence of Social Change?

April 22, 2015 by


Which came first: the chicken or the egg?  It’s a famous paradox with implications in our on-going discussion of Social Change. Most of us are content to wait around for others to innovate, to don the armor of the entrepreneur, to start a non-profit, or organize a tea party. Social change is easy as long […]

Change by Design: Are you optimizing your Social Reach?

March 24, 2015 by


When we have a really great idea, of course we want to share it. All the better if we get a bit excited. Sometimes we’ll reach out to anyone nearby who may be listening. But if we truly aspire to drive change and make things happens on a larger scale, this casual approach falls well short […]

Connection. Resilience. Are We Learning the Language of Social Change?

September 23, 2014 by


In our last 3 #smchat #socialchange chats, we brainstormed what might become common components of a social change framework. Our goal has been to find ways to foster stronger, more resilient social change initiatives without starting over every single time, a pattern that consumes precious and limited resources in the process. Sure the context is […]

Social Accountability: 1 of 6 Building Blocks in a Social Change Framework

July 21, 2014 by


It’s not unusual to grapple with accountability in both our organizations and our personal lives. More often than not, it’s about taking ownership and following through on commitments. So what makes accountability is social ecosystems so difficult? For starters, it’s a numbers game. A community has lots of people with lots of different opinions. That […]

Crafting A Message for Social Change

January 21, 2014 by


We last touched on social change in late October, as we discussed the many nuances of story .. exploring its role in our learning, our culture, and our desire to make things better. A story informs, and it teaches. It models, and it makes us think. In fact, we could argue that story is the fundamental means through […]

Let Them Know Someone is Listening: Unpacking the Psychology of Hope [WED 9/25 1pET]

September 24, 2013 by


Nobody wants to be ignored. Yet I see it as a common and grim reality in the social change space. It impacts both those seeking help and those who seek to lend a hand. What are common behaviors? We unplug. We turn a deaf ear. We mumble “I gave at the office” .. and we […]

What is Social Change? [7/24 1pET]

July 20, 2013 by


We’re 6 months into our new Social Change series, and so far, we’ve touched on: JAN: Social media as strategic tool (what is possible?) FEB: Economic models MAR: Social entrepreneurs and collaboration MAY: Social entrepreneurs – how would you spot one? JUN: Social capital We’ve had some truly great conversations. But it seems we’ve broken […]

How Do You Recognize a Social Entrepreneur?

May 21, 2013 by


As we explore deeper in our new Social Change Series at #SMCHAT (every 4th WEDS at 1pET), we need to advance our working definition of the modern day Social Entrepreneur. Like so much else in the 21st century, social-happy world, we’re quick to coin a new phrase, assign it a hashtag (like #socent for example!) […]