A Revolution Is Happening – Take Advantage

From Chris Gandy Whether we like it or not there is a quiet revolution is happening and as is the nature of such events – there are bound to be winners and losers. The revolution in question is in the workplace and is about how we do work. It is having a game changing impact – causing […]

Too Old for Social Media? Not!

From Dennis Fischman A bright and accomplished colleague wrote to me with a troubling question.  “There was  a job opening my contact encouraged me to apply for. I hesitated because one of the requirements said “Digital native” which threw me off. My understanding of the definition is people who grew up with technology from birth, […]

Sure Beats Wandering in the Bush

By Chris Gandy I am relatively new to the farming game and have been on a steep learning curve for the past 25 years or so. One of he first lessons I learnt from this adventure was from Neil, a sheep farmer who breeds fine wool merinos. Neil’s sheep were coming into lambing season and be […]

A Cloudy Future

Every organisation I know is considering the how, what and when of migrating some or all of their IT services to the cloud. Those in favour cite the reduced cost, the flexibility of cloud solutions and the lack of maintenance overhead. Those who think it’s a bad idea worry about the security risks and the hidden […]

How Highly Does Your Not-For-Profit Rank Innovation?

By Chris Gandy Came across two pieces of PwC research which shows that CEO’s around the world are increasing  their efforts to innovate and find new ways to do business, in a move to stimulate growth in a challenging global business environment. A PwC Pulse Survey of 246 CEOs in North and South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the […]

Interesting trends amongst US nonprofits

This week the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released the results of their fifth annual State of the Nonprofit Sector survey. As far as I can see the data relates only to US cause-based organisations but the information is useful and the lessons for Australian organisations are obvious. Approximately 6000 organisations participated  and shared  how they are adapting their […]

Say goodbye to the Gate-Keeper

By Patrick McFadden If I were to write about this eleven years ago I would have been considered idiosyncratic, but today I think it’s more visible than ever to see. When I say gatekeeper I’m not talking about some mystical character out of a book. I’m talking about the individuals, groups or organisations that decide whether […]

Is survival a new measure of success?

I have had a great few months swanning around the country side catching up with old acquaintances and making new ones over countless cups of coffee and the occasional tea. All of the people I met had one thing in common – they were all Leaders (Senior Executives or Board Members) of cause-based organisations, small,medium and […]

Using technology to give your Cause that extra punch

One of the touchstones for impactful and thriving cause-based organisations is prudent use of technology and it is great to see that this is being recognised in various forums. Last weekend the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas chose to emphasize the importance of using technology to further causes by honouring 10 people who […]