I am a consultant serving not-for-profit organizations in the United States, Canada, UK, South Africa, and Australia. I also am an elected official in a rural New England town, a foundation board member, and someone who probably likes to volunteer just a little too much.
Why do I do these things? Apart from a desire to see my clients and community thrive, I have a deep curiosity about a few core questions:
- What makes an organization — be it for-profit, not-for-profit, or government agency — function well?
- What motivates people to work together for the common good?
- How can those of us who are already active in our communities (whether local or global in scope) encourage others to join us?
Through government and board member meetings, conversations with community members, my work blog, and Twitter, I have many opportunities to explore these issues within specific contexts. On this blog, I plan to distill the lessons I have learned working with different types of organizations in different places — to bring everything together and explore those common themes that should be relevant to any group of people hoping to effect positive changes in their communities.
Speaking of communities, I hope this blog will become one. The thoughts I share here are just those from my own experiences. What are yours? Are they in sync with mine or have you come to different conclusions? Let me know! Please post comments or, if you would prefer to be more low-key, drop me a line.