I am excited to announce that I am working on my next book, tentatively titled “The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.” I’m honored to be co-authoring this book with Aliza Sherman to be published in 2017 by Wiley.
In case you don’t already know Aliza, she is an award-winning Internet business and nonprofit marketing consultant with over 25 years experience starting and running Internet companies. Aliza is also a prolific writer and author, having published ten books.
In 1995, she founded the first full-service Internet company, Cybergrrl, Inc., and the first global Internet networking organization for women, Webgrrls International. And, that is where we first crossed paths.
We both had a front row seat at start of the Web Industry (back then we called it “New Media”), helping to shape how people use new digital technologies. Aliza was focused mostly in business sector, while I was focused on nonprofits. We worked on nearly parallel paths over the next 20 years.
Aliza and I ran into each other again in 2009 at the first Wisdom 2.0 Conference, the same year we were both recognized by Fast Company magazine as two of the most influential women in Technology. We reconnected over lunch and quickly realized we had a lot in common, namely questioning what being “always on” and connected to technology was doing to our relationships, our bodies, our spirits, and our ability to concentrate on our work.
Not long after, I was leading a workshop in Alaska at a nonprofit conference, and we had another chance to connect. We talked about the need for being more mindful of our technology. We both continued to write about and talk about cultivating a greater awareness of how we work and where technology fits in to our work and lives as well as the critical need that we should take better care of ourselves so we can do great work with less stress.
So, what better way to live and breath this topic than to collaborate on a book with Aliza. We’re combining forces to learn about how nonprofits are mastering self-care. We’re coming together to tell our own stories and the stories of nonprofit organizations around wellness in the workplace in the Digital Age.
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout will take on the outdated work ethic that plagues many nonprofits: “The Scarcity Mindset” of working long hours with few resources without investing in an organizational strategy for self-care.
This book is a manifesto for mindset change in our sector, raising the conversations about the importance of self-care. The book is also a practical toolkit filled with concrete examples, ideas and practices for both individuals and organizations working on social change issues to achieve impact without burnout.
As social media has become more widely adopted in the nonprofit workplace, our personal lives, and our society at large, hyper-connectivity is contributing to the feeling of being overworked and overwhelmed that is so common too many who work in the nonprofit sector. This book takes off where The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit left off — helping individuals and the nonprofit organizations they work for how to live and work with online networks in more sustainable ways.
The topics include:
- Understanding the pillars of self-care for individuals: sleep, nutrition, exercise
- Stress reduction techniques
- Managing technology and information overload
- Understanding and practicing different ways to work that replenish individual energy
- Effective team work habits and communication
- Productive and effective meetings
- Developing staff wellness plans as part of organizational strategy
- Mindful Leadership
- Ways to encourage individual and group reflection and learning
What else should be on that list?
We are on a mission to identify and interview people who work for nonprofits about their stories of scaling self-care in their organizations.
Let us know if you have some ideas, examples, or tips to share:
The preceding is a cross-post by Beth Kanter, the author of Beth’s Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media, one of the longest running and most popular blogs for nonprofits. To read the original article on Beth’s blog, click here. Beth has over 30 years working in the nonprofit sector in technology, training, capacity building, evaluation, fundraising, and marketing. Beth is an internationally recognized trainer who has developed and implemented effective sector capacity building programs that help organizations integrate social media, network building, and relationship marketing best practices.