TED presents video clips from conferences beginning in 1984 to the present.This is an exceptional array of talent, ideas, wonder, and inspiring thought. There are thousands of video clips categorized by topic; eg., funny, persuasive, courageous, beautiful, technology, science, design, entertainment, etc. The TED inventory is always growing, so there is reason to return again and again.
The Urban Institute is a great source of information about a number of public policy areas. But, if you are hailing from a nonprofit agency, the Institute's Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy is an especially valuable resource. The page linked above will also connect you to the Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). Once you get to the Urban Institute, you can easily browse throughout the Institute's website for a larger picture of the issues and research they conduct. There is a lot to find here.
Khan Academy - Learn Almost Anything for FREE
Khan Academy started by Sal Khan who had a propensity for tutoring. Someone suggested he capture his tutoring lessons with video so others could benefit. Somewhere along the way, he was discovered by Bill Gates and Khan Academy launched as a 501(c)(3) supported by Gates. There are thousands of video tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. It is especially strong in mathematics, but growing fast in many subject areas like: Astronomy, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Finance, History, Physics, Statistics, and more added all the time.
Your source for the latest research news. Topics categorized by Health & Medicine, Mind & Brain, Plants & Animals, Earth & Climate, Space & Time, Matter & Energy, Computers & Math, Fossils & Ruins. A wonderful source for the latest and greatest news of advances in science.
The Cochrane Collaboration
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organisation of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide. The Cochrane Reviews are authoritative and competent scholarly works. The Cochrane Collaboration also has Training for both researchers and consumers. The emphasis of Cochrane publications is assessing the efficacy of interventions pertaining to health (medical and behavioral).
eSchool News Website
This website presents a wealth of information and other resources about using technology in education for primary, secondary, and college levels. Of course, much of the technology discussed or demonstrated also has applications in other fields.
C. J. Quill Associates - Evaluation
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C. J. Quill & Associates, Inc., is a small, woman- and minority-owned consulting firm serving public and private sector clients. Founded in 1995 by Joy Quill, we offer practical evaluation consulting in the areas of education, health and social services. We also teach an effective writing course that covers the principles promoted in the Plain Writing Act of 2010. We have worked with government agencies, universities, school districts, and non-profit organizations. Our associates have varied professional backgrounds and different areas of expertise. We often team with other firms to develop proposals and fulfill engagements.
The Center for Applied Management Practices
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Trying to get a handle on your performance measures?
The Center for Applied Management Practices, Inc. (CAMP) specializes in identifying indicators and designing systems that inform managers and practitioners about their intended performance objectives. CAMP also specializes in delivering training on special topics essential to vibrant and effective nonprofit management. The principle, Fred Richmond, is author of The Accountable Case Manager and Results Oriented Management Accountability (ROMA).
Leadership Institute for Business Research and Evaluation (Libre, LLC)
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The Leadership Institute for Business, Research, and Evaluation is a minority owned business providing a full range consulting services.
See especially "Social Styles Training" This course is an introduction to Personality Theories focusing on David W. Merrill's acclaimed "Style Awareness Workshops.
Michael Sand and Sand Associates
Mr. Sand is the author of How to Manage an Effective Religious Organization (Career Press 2011), The Essential Nonprofit Fundraising Handbook (Career Press 2009) and How to Manage an Effective Nonprofit Organization (Career Press 2005). He leads workshops throughout the United States on topics such as Grant Writing, Fundraising, Strategic Planning, Board Development, and Effective Supervision. Michael Sand has headquarters in Central PA. Click the picture to go to his website.
Uncommon Knowledge - Peter Robinson
Uncommon Knowledge is a TV series 1995 - 2005 and web casts from 2006 to the present. In these features, Peter Robinson, Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, interviews thoughtful scholars, world leaders, and accomplished practitioners. There is a wealth of thoughtful viewpoints from some of today's greatest minds. Do explore the site fully. It is a tour that could satisfy for months, if not years.
Get free expert guidance. If you are looking for software of some type, save yourself a lot of time and investigative work. Start your search at Capterra. They list a huge inventory of software on the market and you select the most appropriate options available.
REDDIT is a user generated repository of things found and summarized on the internet. It's organized by topics and subtopics, so it could be a great place to keep up with things happening in particular fields of interest. To learn more about it and how it works, see this YouTube video What is reddit? To actually go to the REDDIT site, click the image icon.
The Twitter Guide Book - How To
Have you been wondering how Twitter works and what you can do with Twitter? Did you know you can share music, videos, and images on Twitter? Well, Mashable.com has published The Twitter Guide Book online. It has 5 chapters, covering the Basics, Building Your Twitter Community, Twitter for Business, Sharing on Twitter, and Managing Your Twitter Stream.
Google Guide - Making Searching Even Easier
Nancy Blachman developed Google Guide as an online interactive tutorial and reference for both experienced users and novices. It provides more information about Google's capacities, features, and services than you can find on Google's website.
Tech Soup.org - technology for nonprofits
"TechSoup is a nonprofit with a clear focus: providing other nonprofits and libraries with technology that empowers them to fulfill their missions and serve their communities. As part of that goal, we provide technology products and information geared specifically to the unique challenges faced by nonprofits and libraries."
This site created and maintained by Richard Byrne offers free technology and lesson plans for teaching with technology. Take a special look at the page on creating videos for the classroom. Even if you're not a teacher, there is good stuff here for a variety of projects.
This e-learning site focuses on a critical, but often neglected skill for business, communication, and engineering students, namely visual literacy, or the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations. After this tutorial, students should be able to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of visual representations, to improve their shortcomings, to use them to create and communicate knowledge, or to devise new ways of representing insights.
WikiHow is a worldwide collaborative "how to" manual about a wide variety of stuff. Learn how to make a tomahawk, or how to be charismatic, lose belly fat, connect a desktop to a laptop, you name it. WikiHow also has an enrolled community. Joining is free and allows you to take credit for your contributions to the website. It's a wealth of helpful information.
Internet Resource Collections
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INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
INFOMINE is librarian built. Librarians from the University of California, Wake Forest University, California State University, the University of Detroit - Mercy, and other universities and colleges have contributed to building INFOMINE.
Chaos, Change, Leadership, Innovation
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New Possibilities Associates provide inspiring lessons about how to deal with complex problems. In my essay (see Writings page) called "Bandlands Ahead for Higher Education?" I discuss the challenges to both Higher Education and the Nonprofit sector from rising chaos (from the "Cathedral to the Bazaar") and rising "disruptive" technologies. The essay concludes with the need for a new kind of leadership. And it asks, "where will this new leadership come from?" I suggest to you that New Possibilities Associates has an answer for that.
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