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Today's guest bloggers  are Anil Patel, Executive Director and Jen Grebeldinger, Program Manager of The Framework Foundation, possibly better known for their Timeraiser events across Canada. And in the name of full disclosure, Volunteer Vancouver does work with the Timeraiser crew so it's a tainted, but genuine full endorsement that I can offer on everything these guys touch. Their model of engaging all their stakeholders, via their Civic Footprint, might be one of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Quick Propaganda from the authors: We are quite excited to be a few days away from the 2nd...

Today's guest blogger is Colleen Kelly, Executive Director of Volunteer Vancouver. This topic is near and dear to my heart, as I work on a program to create learning and networking opportunities for the next leaders of Vancouver's not-for-profit sector through our Next Leaders Network. It's a completely selfish effort, as I think I might be one of these "next leaders", and certainly don't know exactly how or when the "next" may turn into "current". Perhaps it has already?

When Will the Next Leaders Flourish?
by Colleen Kelly

When I walked by the Water-Wise Garden in Surrey City Hall Park this...

I recently read Malcolm Gladwell's newest book, Outliers. And I'll start this post by noting that I am a fan of The Tipping Point and never got around to Blink. I read the book because I agreed to present the material to a workshop, and talk about how to apply Gladwell's theories to the not-for-profit sector. Being a cynic, I contemplated getting up in the front of the room and saying "you can't" and sitting down.

Because this presentation was to be attended by my boss, I decided not to do this. But here is what I essentially think of this book: like many other reviewers I've found online...

Do you talk about knowledge transfer at your office?

We certainly do at Volunteer Vancouver. We actually offer training to other organizations on how to create a continuity of leadership among their staff, but that doesn't exactly solve the problem of what's in my head and how to get that out and put it in someone else's.

Knowledge transfer is a tough topic, and I find it's hard to find "experts" on knowledge transfer. Often people start to talk about IT systems when you mention knowledge transfer, but it's more than that to me. Knowledge isn't someone's phone number and alma mater - it's why...

Somewhere in my meanderings through the internet today, I came across an incredibly thought provoking post by Sidney Hargro on the future of the not-for-profit sector and how we should react to the recession in positive ways. Hargro poses three critical questions we as a sector should be contemplating:

  1. What services and systems are most crucial to the long-term health of our community and therefore should be lifted up for community support and held harmless to the best of our ability?
  2. How can we streamline, restructure, and prepare these services and systems (with no sacred cow operations) for...

So the conference is wrapping up and I have enjoyed myself immensely. Except for the aforementioned heat. But anyway.

One aspect of this conference that is both interesting and different than other conferences I've attended is the backdrop of the economic crisis. 

This context is changing the way all capacity builders do their work with organizations. And its affect on the workshop titles would be funny if it weren't. Presenters have added some version of "In These Times..." to every title. The conference's attendance is also lower than in past years. Now that's not just the effect of the...

Let me start by saying it is really REALLY hot in Palm Springs. I'm not sure my brain can actually function in this type of heat. I am now more convinced than ever that Vancouver is, actually, heaven on earth. At least you can walk outside during the day, anyway. But other than that, I am enjoying the annual Alliance Conference very much, though it's just getting going.

Yesterday I attended the pre-day for those who work at MSO's (Management Support Organizations). Basically, that's organizations whose missions are to build capacity in the sector through training, education and consulting...

Just a quick entry to let everyone know that I'll be blogging at the Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference that takes place July 15-17 in Palm Springs. The Alliance is a US-based association for organizations and consultants that build capacity in the not-for-profit sector. I'm one of very few Canadian attendees, so I'll try and represent!

I'm joined by fellow bloggers  John Brothers, Heather Carpenter, Scott Bechtler-Levin and probably some others, too. Stay tuned for our posts about the conference. Also, follow our updates on twitter - follow me @3manypuppies and look for hashtag...

In June, Stats Canada released the Canada Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating (CSGVP). Side note: as a reformed American, I just love the name of this federal office, like it’s “all stats on all subjects all the time”. A smorgasbord of information – love it! I don’t know if the US has one, but they should.

This report assesses volunteerism across Canada and also breaks those stats down into provincial overviews. And I have to note that the statistics we’re discussing are based on data collected in 2007. Not sure what that time lag is about in this age of real-time information, but...

There are a lot of ways to define a vantage point. Generally, I think of it as a good place to get good perspective. For me, perspective is the blending of fact and intuition – making a vantage point something more than just the best view 

(I’ve got aclear sight of the Twilight 2 cast at my table at Glowbal!), but more of the true view (isn’t most of the cast under the legal drinking age?!).

For Volunteer Vancouver, Vantage Point is our issue-based newsletter, around since 1995. Rather than a typical newsletter announcing events or advertising our services, Vantage Point is a collection of...


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