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Devil’s Advocate: Give Failure a Hug

You said it, bro.

You said it, bro.

I was reading an interesting article today on Idealist (via Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, hat tip to Ellen!) about embracing failure. I learned from the article that Engineers Without Borders publishes an annual Failure Report about the various things that didn’t work on their project sites and what they learned from those failures.

I sat at my computer for a full minute taking it in. That, I can honestly say, is organizational awesomeness.

Wouldn’t you love to keep reading? Please do.

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10 Tips: LinkedIn Groups for Development Professionals

i-love-linkedinIn the world of social media, LinkedIn may not be the first network that comes to mind. If you haven’t yet signed up, and value your work as a professional, it may be worth a look. LinkedIn is populated with a wide range of workers and job seekers, rookies and veterans, men and women who are seriously interested in furthering their careers and making connections.

My own LinkedIn story is probably much like that of many users. I am considered a bit of an “early adopter” by my friends, and when I heard of the network in my first year in development, I signed up. I found my mentor there (Gary, who lives in Arizona and was a huge help while I was starting out), and I joined some discussion groups and made connections with my connections’ connections. As you can expect, it didn’t take long for all those connections to add up!

In my travels on LinkedIn, I have run across several discussion groups that may be helpful to those of you who work in, or are interested in, the nonprofit development industry. Though some are more specific, many are general spaces where an individual can start a conversation about the topic of their choice. Here they are, in no particular order.

Click here for the full list.