Stuck in the Story

Mo's Musings

Sometimes we are just going about our day, minding our own business when out of the blue we are “acted upon by an outside force.” A car cuts in front of us, we get bad news at work (or, more likely, vague news that we don’t know what to do with), Our spouse turns up the TV when we ask for help.

And now we are feeling something.

When emotions wake up, they first try to figure out what woke them and then look for fuel to get bigger. Luckily for them, the brain is there to fill them in. Less luckily for us is brains really like to make stuff up.

So our brain tells a story. When we decide it’s a true story we feed the emotion. The emotion gets bigger and wants a more involved story. The brain is happy to provide. And then we are off…

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Leadership Lessons from the Age of Covid-19

I wrote this on my personal blog, but if there is anyone still hanging out here, you might also find it of interest.

Mo's Musings

I read this article sometime last week and my original take away was the intended one: testing is important, we didn’t do it when we needed to, and we aren’t really catching up.

What stuck with me, and prompted me to go back and find the article again was Dr. Helen Y Chu.

The TL;DR is Dr. Chu was all set up to test for seasonal flu and since “a nasal swab is a nasal swab” could fairly easily test for the novel coronavirus as well. In doing so, she’d be able to get a much clearer picture of how much, if any, community spread already existed in Washington state. She asked if she could proceed. The answer was no. She asked again, still no. She decided to do it anyway. When testing uncovered the spread of the virus was already much wider than previously assumed, she was still told…

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ICANN Considers Relaxing Domain Registration Privacy; Automattic Objects

Transparency Report

We’ve said it time and time again: user privacy is important to us. We’re vigilant about protecting it on WordPress.com, and we’re always on the lookout, ready to weigh in on policy proposals that might curtail the privacy that we and our users value so highly.

Today, our focus turns to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization responsible for coordinating the internet’s naming system, such as domain names. ICANN is currently considering a proposal that would prohibit many domain owners from using privacy and proxy registration services.

What exactly does this mean? If you’ve ever registered a domain (and millions of you on WordPress.com have), you may have noticed an option to make your personal information, such as your name, address, and phone number, private. This is great for those who want to publish anonymously or those who simply value more privacy. However, ICANN is considering precluding anyone who uses a domain for “commercial” purposes from private…

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J and I just gave to the Ada…

I originally posted this over on one of Mach 30’s sites, but the lessons for fundraisers are good ones–plus I’m a little in love with the Ada Initiative right now and it’s a cause that might not be familiar to all of my nonprofit peeps. Enjoy!

Mach 30 Discussions

J and I just gave to the Ada Initiative and there are a lot of things about their fundraising process that is well done. I’m sharing it here as inspiration/ideas to steal for Mach 30:

Twitter stream is full of reasons to support their work with Retweets, photos, everything. All of it geared toward the cause, not the organization: https://twitter.com/adainitiative

Website includes specific asks to help spread the word–including sample social media posts: https://adainitiative.org/how-you-can-help/spread-the-word/

Site lists concrete ways people can support the mission of the organization with or without giving money: https://adainitiative.org/how-you-can-help/

Donate page makes it easy to give, has unique funding levels, and includes short, powerful reasons to support the initiative: https://adainitiative.org/donate/

Provides easy ways for supporters to do matching campaigns. Here’s an example campaign: http://bookmaniac.org/make-hackerspaces-better-support-ada-initiative/ –It’s not clear to me how you start a matching campaign which is less good, but that might be because they are nearly…

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Hello, Strangers!

Salsola tragus, dry

Time to clean out the tumbleweeds!  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Long time, no type!

A lot has happened since I last shared this space with you, most notably, I left the solopreneur  world to become the Program Manager for the National Robotics League.  It’s a wonderful position, (what’s not fun about robots that fight each other in an arena and teach students STEM skills at the same time?) but it has seriously cut into my free writing time.  After 5 months I feel like I’m starting to get things under control, and I missed the creative outlet of this space, so I’m taking a shot at doing both at once.

The question is, what should we talk about?  My new position means I don’t have the time or energy to do in-depth “how-to” posts, and I’ve cut my consulting way back so I have fewer avenues for case studies.

Here are some of the ideas that come to mind:

  • Work-life balance, especially in nonprofit/change professions
  • Stories from the field:  lessons from my own program management experiences, as well as guest posts from other nonprofit professionals
  • Organizational development advice and discussions.  I am especially interested in what separates good meetings and bad meetings and would love to spend time helping people have more good meetings and fewer bad ones
  • Musings about on-line communications.  Just random thoughts based on my own work, or the work of others I come across
  • Probably fewer “how to” posts than before, more like a seminar course than a training program
  • Online Book Club:  a place for us to read non-fiction together and discuss its impact on our life and work
  • A brilliant idea that you just had that I didn’t think of

So, what do you think?  Leave a comment and let me know what you’d like to see for the next chapter of Low Hanging Fruit.