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On Race and Unity

  • Using the “No Wedding No Womb” program as an example, Mikhail Lyubansky makes the argument that racial injustices need to be addressed at a systematic or structural level rather than at an individual level.  NWNW is a program that encourages black women not to have children out of wedlock.  It does not promote abstinence necessarily, but instead relies on statistics to show that children are much more likely to succeed when they have “physical, financial, and emotional protection,” which they are more likely to have if their parents are married than if they are not (or than if they are being raised by a single parent).  Lyubansky argues that the message of the program is positive, but it addresses the wrong issues.  Rather than focusing our efforts on helping black women to make the best of the current (unfair) situation, we should be focusing on changing the system to resolve current inequalities.
  • In South Dakota, 2010 has been dubbed by many as the “year of unity.”  The purpose of the year of unity is to acknowledge and appreciate the contributions American Indians have brought to the state and, ultimately, to get their land returned to them.  In a blog post on Race-Talk, Tim Giago writes about the necessity of bringing unity to South Dakota and also recaps some of the major gains in the past 20 years regarding ending racial injustices.

On Innovation

  • Many people believe that innovation is fostered by solely by inspiration.  Drew Marshall of Blogging Innovation reminds us that innovation is much more than an idea.  It is about creating a creative platform – by connecting, collaborating and understanding – that innovation develops as a process, rather than as a single idea.

On Networking and Social Media

  • The much-anticipated social media platform, Jumo, will launch on November 30.  Jumo, created by Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, will be targeted towards nonprofits and potential donors.  It is designed to be an “organizational dashboard to help people get involved in the nonprofit world.” Specifically, Jumo will make a point to promote small and medium sized organizations that are not necessarily the most well-known or most popular nonprofits.  In an interview with the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Chris Hughes shares his insights about the launch.
  • Rosetta Thurman gives 9 tips for using Twitter to build a nonprofit network.  Among her tips are following other nonprofit leaders and meeting your followers in person.
  • Scott Harrison started the nonprofit, Charity: Water in 2006.  The nonprofit has been incredibly successful, in part because of its use of social media.  The key to Harrison's social media strategy is to keep his message clear and simple.  The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviews him and asks about the importance of simple messages.

On Collaboration

  • The Center for Creative Leadership has come out with a new book entitled, “How to Form a Team.” The book is for “leaders who have responsibility for the creation and success of teams.”


Top Articles:


Does focus on individual change distract from fighting structural racism?


Author: Mikhail Lyubansky


Date: October 27, 2010

Source: Race-talk blog


Title: We invite the naysayers to join us in promoting unity

Author: Tim Giago
Date: November 29, 2010

Source: Race-Talk blog


Title: Inspiration is not Key to Innovation
Author: Drew Marshall
Date: Novemeber 29, 2010
Source: Blogging Innovation


Small Charities Could Get Big Lift from Social Network
Author: Raymund Flandez
Date: November 16, 2010
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy


9 Tips for Using Twitter to Build Your Nonprofit Network
Author: Rosetta Thurman
Date: November 22, 2010

Source: Rosetta Thurman blog


Title: Charity: Water and the Importance of Simple Messages
Author: Peter Panepento
Date: November 24, 2010
Source: The Chronicle of Philanthropy


Title: How to Form a Team (Five Keys to High Performance)
Source: Organizational Behavior & Leadership