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Alchemy of Change’s New Focus: the Soul

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I'm now resuscitating Alchemy of Change with a new focus on exploring the Soul. Announcements Featured Soul soul

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Why So Many Social Change Organizations Struggle

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When nonprofit organizations with issue-specific, niche missions organize themselves around individual donor fundraising, it creates waste, dysfunction and drains power away from real social change. Social Change attention donor engagement fundraising nonprofit philanthropy social change

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Trust and Networks

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When people trust each other, it’s easier to respond to change in a smart, coordinated way. Democracy & Social Change Engagement, Relationships & Connection Networks & SystemsTrust makes networks work.

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Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart

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Part 1 of 4: Marc Gunther just reviewed Force of Change , the story of Walmart’s conversion to sustainable business practices. When the world’s largest public corporation makes any big change, it’s noteworthy. But this change could very well help save the world.

Cooperation is Never Perfect

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Reality changes all the time. In fact, when you really think about it: change is reality. Those of us working to embed collaborative practices into organizations and networks of people need to embrace this understanding of change in all we do.

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Radical Connectedness and the Evolution of Business

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The Internet changed all that. This summer, my wife and I took our two boys to visit the famous Ford Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan.

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Connections are Different than Relationships

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But the relationship database tools now available create a window to change those dynamics again. There are people who want to work on climate change that I will never like nor would I ever want to sit down at the dinner table with them.

Networks, Organizations and Movements

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When thinking about social change movements, networks teach us that it all comes down to the human connection. People Power Movement as Network networks nonprofits Occupy social change social movements Tea Party

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Balancing Tasks & Relationships – The Art of Engagement

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I think you’ll find a lot of GREAT insights about how businesses who really get engagement are changing the way they work. Engagement Unpacked and Debated Gideon Rosenblatt is enjoying “retirement” digging into some important concepts that feed social change.

When Organizational Goals Clash with Social Change Goals

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This morning I received an online petition to support changes to US fuel efficiency standards, and the reasons I didn't sign it say a lot about the problems of the social change sector today. People Power advocacy climate engagement permission marketing

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Software Will Replace You

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That’s changing now as companies like Salesforce simplify and reduce the cost of capturing what we do in software. It doesn’t matter who you are – software is going to take over more and more of what you do.

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My TEDxRainier Talk on The Soulful Company

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This talk will serve as a catalyst to shift my focus here at Alchemy of Change into a place for exploring some of the questions I hope to pique with this talk. I'm excited to share my TEDxRainier talk on "The Soulful Company." The Soulful Company B Corporation corporations drive meaning mission soulful company

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The Great Unbundling and Collapse of Local Newspapers

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Part 2 of 5: This post builds on my summary of a recent report from the FCC entitled “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age.&#

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Twitter's Golden Egg

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The Divine Right of Capital – A Summary

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If you liked " The Divine Right of Capital – A Summary ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. Democracy & Social Change Mission, Meaning & Impact Ownership, Management & GovernanceI just finished reading The Divine Right of Capital by Marjorie Kelly.

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The Heart of the Occupation

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A Bigger Frame for Social Change. America’s “professional” social change community is not driving the Occupy Movement. The Occupy Movement means different things to different people.

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Week in Review: May 21, 2012

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Mission & Outcomes Permeability & Networks Social Change Social Media & Information Technology contextual computing hybrid meaning mission mobile networks new economy philanthropySeven ideas on meaningful work, myth, mobile computing, philanthropy, and networks.

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How Social CRM “Friend Discovery” will Revolutionize the Way Organizations Collaborate

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Your friends will thank you later – and they might even be able to discover that you helped make it happen… If you liked " How Social CRM “Friend Discovery&# will Revolutionize the Way Organizations Collaborate ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff.

Consumer No More: How the Web Changes Us

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The web has changed a lot of things about the way we consume media. It’s flipped our primary communications infrastructure from a one-way, to a two-way flow of information – and that change in the way we communicate is redefining who we are.

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Crowd Sourcing Saves Lives

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If you liked " Crowd Sourcing Saves Lives ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. When someone has a heart attack, every second counts. Speed treatment, and you save lives. That’s why the new iPhone app just released by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department is so interesting.

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Are You Tapping “Third-Order” Engagement?

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On the social change front, Social Venture Partners is pioneering powerful approaches to engaging philanthropists in spreading its brand of deeply engaged philanthropy. The world famous author of Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers just unleashed the fury of the Twittersphere by writing a New Yorker piece called “Small Change: why the revolution will not be tweeted” where he makes the case that online social networks like Twitter and Facebook aren’t how real social change happens.

How ‘Engagement Roles’ Blur Organizational Boundaries

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Customer support” is an engagement role once performed only by employees; but that’s changed with the advent of online support forums that enable customers to directly help one another – sometimes even better than staff can.

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Fairness

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“Square” Pegs Mobile Payments – Round Hole Still Not Filled

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Luckily, there may be hope on the horizon with the recent announcement from Google that it is getting in the electronic wallet business – and that could change everything. How This Changes Things.

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“Thick Value” Looks Like a Carpet to Me

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We hired some folks to dramatically rework the drainage around the outside of our house, and just to be safe, we changed our approach on floor covering. If you liked " “Thick Value&# Looks Like a Carpet to Me ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff.

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Influence: the Flip Side of Permeability

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Part 1: Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart. Part 3 of 4: Doing effective influence mapping isn’t easy, just as creating effective geographic maps isn’t easy.

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Re-Inventing Collaboration: CRM as Social Technology

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Social technologies change the way we collaborate. It may eventually need to change its name to simply RM – Relationship Management. To see how this will happen, it’s useful to first look at how CRM is changing the way objects are shared with people outside the firm. If you liked " Re-Inventing Collaboration: CRM as Social Technology ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff.

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In Connection We Trust

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This space is changing rapidly right now, but these slides from the Open Identity Exchange provide a good overview of the Trust Framework approach. I just got back from a few days down at The Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) in San Jose, thanks to some coaxing from my friend, Kaliya Hamlin.

Netflix Explodes Its Customer Goodwill

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A few months ago, pioneering movie rental company, Netflix announced some new price changes that really ticked off its customers. When I got that original notice of the price changes a few months ago, I told myself we should probably drop the service or just switch online streaming only.

Visualize Your Own LinkedIn Network

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If you liked " Visualize Your Own LinkedIn Network ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. I just mapped all my LinkedIn connections onto a visual graph through a new web service called InMaps.

Making Social CRM “Friend Discovery” Real

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An Exercise in Balancing Engagement

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” While recently at the Web of Change , I developed an exercise to help people better balance this tension between tasks and relationships.

How to Strengthen Your Organization’s Influence Mapping

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Doing so is an integral aspect of their ability to exert influence and change the world around them. Part 1: Change Happens Through People – Even at Walmart. Part 4 of 4: Organizations that are permeable are more open to influence from their external environment.

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5 Steps to Influence Mapping

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Part 2 of 4: As Walmart’s move to sustainability illustrates, when you scratch below the surface of most institutional change, there’s usually a handful of relationships that play a disproportionately large role in bringing those changes about.

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What American Idol Teaches Us About Customer Engagement

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If you liked " What American Idol Teaches Us About Customer Engagement ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. You’re probably too cool to watch American Idol , right? I’m not.

What’s Really So Cool About the “Color” Network?

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It may not be what it seems… If you liked " What’s Really So Cool About the “Color&# Network? ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. An ambitious new social photo-sharing service just launched.

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3 Principles of “Friend Discovery” Social CRM

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If you liked " 3 Principles of “Friend Discovery&# Social CRM ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. As I talked about in my last post, “ Friend Discovery &# is a concept for a new branch of Social CRM.

Robots Rising…

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Change the economics of key components of intelligence like vision and nervous system, and evolution is bound to get a nice creative boost. We are sitting at the edge of the age of robots.

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If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul?

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If you liked " If Companies are People, Where’s Their Soul? ", subscribe to Alchemy of Change for more good stuff. The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our political system, but to find its spirit, we must look to the Declaration of Independence.

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What’s Happening with Alchemy of Change?

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Alchemy of Change is taking a little break right now, as Gideon Rosenblatt is busy building out another project.