Archive for the ‘Community’ Category

Get Pro about Pro Bono in a Campfire Conversation with Taproot Foundation

Posted by | November 1, 2011 | Blog, Community, Events | 0 Comments

We invite you to join us in another special learning opportunity taking place this week.

Join leaders of Taproot Foundation for a conversation on Thursday November 3rd at 10:00 AM PT about the best practices of bringing pro bono expertise to your community organization or nonprofit.

Playborhood’s Huntopoly game is a smart way to bring neighbors together!

Posted by | September 19, 2011 | Blog, Community | 0 Comments

We recently heard of Mike Lanza and Playborhood’s Huntopoly game, an ingenious way to encourage kids and adults to play in their neighborhoods and meet their neighbors. It is such a good idea that we decided to give it it’s own blog post!

Mike was kind enough to build it out into a LikeMinded project here so that others may learn from his actions, and you can read the full story on the Playborhood blog, however here is a summary of the idea.

The Generosity of Those Who Have Less

Posted by | April 25, 2011 | Blog, Community | 1 Comment

Pop quiz: Who gives away more of a percentage of their income – the wealthy or the working class?

If you said the working class, you win! Are you surprised? Studies have shown that people with less give a higher allocation of their household income to charity than those with more. I just read an article that explores why this may be true.

Frank Flynn, professor of organizational behavior, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, writes on the Center for Social Innovation blog about four related studies on the correlations between feelings of altruism, compassion, and concern for others’ welfare and socioeconomic status and class. The column explores what motivates people to make charitable donations, volunteer their time, give gifts – part of what is called “prosocial behavior” by psychologists.

In each study, participants from more affluent backgrounds were less likely to give to others – sometimes points or “play money,” or a share of work that needed to be done – than participants who had less themselves or were asked to imagine in the study that they had less than someone else.

Here’s what I found most interesting:

“When experimentally induced to feel compassion by watching a clip about child poverty, upper-class participants behaves just as prosocially toward their partners as did lower-class participants. These findings are consistent with prior work showing that feelings of compassion and empathy attune people to the needs of others and prompt behavior to improve others’ welfare.”

And Professor Flynn notes that “those in lower socioeconomic classes may be higher in baseline levels of compassion than their upper-class counterparts – probably because they have seen more suffering. And it may be this differential that – unless moderated – drives class-based differences in prosociality.”

These studies show that there’s a lot of opportunity for community and nonprofit leaders to consider how they craft messages that inspire and educate donors about worthy causes – and to remember that those who may only be able to give a little can still make a huge difference!

Fascinated by this subject and want to read more? Subscribe to Professor Frank’s prosocial column.

Art in Storefronts Returns to Our ‘Hood

Posted by | February 18, 2011 | Blog, Commentary, Community | 1 Comment

photo via flickr, public art in Dumbo

The San Francisco Arts Commission and some other clever folks at the mayor’s office had a creative idea for reducing the sense of urban blight in neighborhoods with vacant storefronts. Beginning in October 2009, artists have displayed works or transformed storefronts or boarded up buildings into visually stunning displays in the inner Mission, Bayview, SoMa and Mid-Market neighborhoods.

Know Your Community

Posted by | November 29, 2010 | Community, Events | 0 Comments

(Listening to Boot Camp 2010)

At Boot Camp, I was running around behind the scenes ensuring everything ran smoothly, as were much of our team. Now I have the pleasure of listening to the sessions I missed (that would be all of them) on podcast.

I just listened to the podcast where Ruben Lizardo of PolicyLink articulated the need to understand key demographics within our communities, to share  tools for finding that data, and look ahead to both the challenges and opportunities that changing community demographics bring.

Creating the Village that “It” Takes

Posted by | September 1, 2010 | Blog, Community | 2 Comments

I live thousands of miles from my parents – we in San Francisco and they in Connecticut. Occasionally, my thoughts turn to a time in the future when I may need to care for my parents or my husband’s parents, and how that might be feasible given our distance.

NEN’s Good Works!

Posted by | August 6, 2010 | Community, Partners | 0 Comments

We recently forged a partnership with the dynamic Neighborhood Empowerment Network, a collaboration of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions committed to safe, green, inclusive and resilient communities.

Roughing It With IBM At Pebble Beach

Posted by | June 18, 2010 | Blog, Community | 0 Comments

This week I was privileged to join about a dozen community advocates and techies to hear about IBM’s latest Smarter Planet and Smarter Cities initiatives. The timing was great. Since IBM is a sponsor of the US Open golf tournament, they decided to host the gathering at Pebble Beach in a sponsor tent along the 18th green. I had never had the chance to see Pebble Beach, so it was a double treat for me.

Dr. Lynn Luckow at Manhattanville College

Posted by | June 4, 2010 | Blog, Community | 0 Comments

Towards the end of last month, our fearless leader Lynn Luckow was awarded an honorary doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, by the esteemed Manhattanville College in Westchester, NY. more

Bootcamp Website Launched!

Posted by | May 28, 2010 | Announcements, Blog, Community, Events, Partners | 3 Comments

After a great deal of hard work we are thrilled to announce our site refresh!