Cat is out of the bag! Yes, I’ve resorted to cats, but I can’t contain my excitement and am thrilled to announce that I’m working on my next book!
Before I tell you more about the book, a little backstory:
In the mid-1990s, my path first crossed with Beth Kanter at a meeting for Webgrrls International, the global networking group I founded to help women break into the tech industry. We were both at the forefront of the burgeoning Web Industry (back then we called it “New Media”), helping to shape how people use new digital technologies. We worked on nearly parallel paths over the next 10 years.
In case you don’t know her yet, Beth Kanter is a highly respected master trainer, speaker, and author and a champion of social media and online technologies for nonprofits. She has trained thousands of nonprofits on every continent of the world, served as Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and won awards for her “networked nonprofit books,” The Networked Nonprofit and Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. She’s a powerhouse!
Beth 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, Beth was in Alaska on business, and we had another chance to connect over lunch. 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 glaring need that we need to take better care of ourselves so we can do great work with less stress.
Here’s a blurb on the book:
The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout will take on the outdated work ethic that plagues many nonprofits: “The Scarcity Mindset” of working long hours with few resources without investing in an organizational strategy for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, hyperconnectivity 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
We are on a mission to identify and interview people who work for nonprofits about their stories of scaling self-care in their organizations.
I am blown away and honored that Beth agreed to write a book with me. We’re combining our many years of experience working with nonprofit organizations around the globe to show on how our theories and practices about self-care and mindfulness can produce positive results for nonprofits. We’re coming together telling our own stories and the stories of organizations around wellness in the workplace in the Digital Age to start important conversations about organizational self-care.
Want to be included in our book?
Let us know if you have some ideas, examples, or tips about nonprofit organizational self-care to share:
image courtesy of Beth Kanter – The graphic illustration was created by Chrissie Bonner, Illustrating Progress