If you haven’t yet brought a llama to join your Zoom meetings, you’re missing out. The last year of living on Zoom has taught us that not all experiences are created equally. (Note: many organizations pay more in monthly Zoom fees than the $1,468 average monthly rent in America.) In the design world, we say that “constraints increase creativity,” and virtual has become the new palette of experimentation to foster

When I was teaching at SAR High School, I would occasionally conduct a thought experiment with my students. I asked them to think about all the incredible educational activities and programs we ran and arrange them in order of importance to the institution’s educational goals. Invariably, most of the students would suggest things like Tefillah (prayer), Torah study, Israel education and general academics. They would make their case for why

As far as I know, no one has studied this systematically, but over the last 15 years or so I’ve been asking American and Canadian adults and children (separately) to tell me what they’d say the opposite of play is. It saddens me to no end to report that the majority of adults respond reflexively, with, you probably guessed it: “work.” Indeed, many organizational leaders tend to think of play

This decision tree for educational planning cycles is a multi-level, interactive view of the three major approaches to curriculum design. It aims to support the design of stimulating learning of all kinds for all ages, to help foster ever more intentional, creative and bold design decisions that are aligned with a designer’s goals and overarching vision. TWF Curriculum Design Tree also includes links to a “digital & non-digital tools inventory,”

There are times when you have the luxury of planning. You have time to methodically process, strategize, set goals with reasonable expectations, outcomes and metrics. Most Jewish professionals have been trained and have aimed to follow best practices accordingly. All of that changed in 2020. We all entered a world of unknowns, uncertainties and certainly a severe gap in the ability to predict or plan. We are all familiar with

Wexner Field Fellowship Class 1 One of our favorite tools in our evaluation and strategic planning toolkit is a Theory of Change (ToC). But sometimes when we suggest a ToC as part of an evaluation, I can see the eyeroll or groan just barely concealed on the faces of our clients. I imagine them thinking: Theories of Change can feel so cumbersome. All the boxes and rigid categories can’t possibly account for

I write these words in the aftermath of the U.S. elections, as we await the “transfer of power” from one administration to the next. The fact that the customary concession of the losing candidate has been absent from this year’s process has caused a sudden awakening to a startling reality: the transition of power – and the nature of that power to begin with – relies upon the collective imagination.

Judaism was founded as an alternative to the worship of power. That’s what Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, alav hashalom, taught on Lech Lecha. “I want you, says God to Abraham, to be different. Not for the sake of being different, but for the sake of starting something new: a religion that will not worship power and the symbols of power – for that is what idols really were and

Rarely in the U.S. has the power dynamic felt more pronounced. Over the last year, while the workforce at-large has suffered, the nonprofit sector, the third largest industry in the U.S. that provides such offerings as health care and social services, has experienced severe losses. While not often thought of in the same breath as retail and manufacturing, nonprofit organizations employ 12.5 million U.S. workers and provide over $1 trillion

Delivering constructive feedback to your direct report about their disappointing progress on a project.   Sharing with your colleague that you are not going to accept their proposal that they worked so hard on.   Telling your friend that you would like him to wear a COVID mask when you meet for coffee.    Telling your uncle that his comments aren’t inclusive of people of color.  These are all situations that can lead to a difficult conversation. And figuring out whether or not you want to have

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