creative development - COMMUNITY IMPACT

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How to Organize Successful Groups

I had a great time presenting at the Nordeast Comics Summit on “How to Organize Successful Groups.” Anytime I can include lolcats in my slides is a win-win, imo.

Somebody from TPTV was there filming both the summit and the subsequent Cartoonist jam session, they will be doing a special on Comics in the Twin Cities. Exciting to be a part of it all!

Here’s my presentation, for anybody that’s interested. And a link to the article I mentioned “8 tips for Effective and Engaging Meetings” can be found here:

New year, new position.

After some reflection last year I realized in order to focus more on my passion for community development, I needed to find a position that strongly aligns with that part of my career. I made the difficult decision to leave my position as “Internet Marketing and Nonprofit Strategist” at Bicycle Theory. While leaving a good job with a great company sounds irresponsible, especially in this economy, it was the right thing to do. West Bank Business Association Logo

Soon after I met with the board at the West Bank Business Association. As their current Executive Director was leaving for another field, they were in search of a new director. I had a few preliminary meetingsĀ  with the board and exiting director in December, and I started office hours this week! So far – so good. I delivered a strategic plan for the year to the board on Wednesday and I’m looking forward to implementing it and helping the organization grow. It’s been really nice – relieving even – to start off the year knowing I’ll be spending all of my upcoming time serving the community.

The position is “almost full time.” That means I’ll still be able to serve the Northeast CDC in the part-time capacity I have been, and will be in-office there on Fridays instead of Saturdays. So with this job switch I’m also reclaiming my weekend. Win!

More about the WBBA:

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Social Media 101 Seminar

This Thursday – December 15, 2011, I’ll be presenting a seminar for the Center for Nonprofit Success.

Social Media 101: Tips and tools for using social media to build support for your mission.

The new media landscape is changing. Is your organization considering setting up a profile on a Social Media site? Are you wondering what is involved, how much time it will take and exactly what the difference is between Myspace and Facebook? Social media is beginning to transform non-profits both in the way they work as well as their relationships they have with their members and donors. Join us to learn how you can make Social Media outlets build support for your organization.

I’ll be presenting along with some great folks, including Jeff Achen from GiveMN! (And we all know and love GiveMN, right?)

You can find out more about the workshop, the other presenters, and how to register at:

Welcome to!

Hello, and welcome to my new site!

Over the next few years I’m hoping to do more strategic planning, community development and related work, so I thought it would be appropriate to have a site dedicated to my professional work and affiliations. Lo and behold was available, and here we are!

I’ll be adding some projects to the “my work” section over time, and I’ll be keeping the “speaking” section updated with upcoming seminars and events.

Thanks for taking the time to visit. If you have time, send me a note – I’d love to hear your thoughts!