Lessons from Polk Bros – Power of Advertising!

On January 8 I attended the Polk Bros Foundation’s 25th Anniversary. I wrote about that in this article.

While leaving the event I was given a copy of a book titled “I Bought It at Polk Bros: The Story of an American Retailing Phenomenon…”. Continue reading

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Connecting a Million Minds around Complex Problems

As we head into 2014 I’m constantly reminded of how many thousands of people are already involved in some way in helping disadvantaged youth succeed in school, stay safe in non-school hours, connect with a caring adult mentor or tutor, and continue their movement toward adult roles and responsibilities. Continue reading

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A Collaboration of the Willing – Leading from the Behind

I’ve used this graphic dozens of times to illustrate a vision of engaging workplace volunteers in long-term strategies that help inner-city youth move from first grade to first jobs. I’ve created a library of graphics like this on Pinterest and posted a library of illustrated essays on Scribd.com…. Continue reading

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How to keep stakeholders involved for many years.

I posted this article… yesterday showing how I think events like #ETMOOC can provide a learning process connecting authors of books in a library, or links in a web library. Today, I’m headed out to Washington, DC for the Mentor Summit, but wanted to post this follow up. Continue reading

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Connected Learning. Collective Action.

How do we turn a participation map into a “collective impact” map?

I’m one more than 1600 people who have joined the Education Technology Mooc (#ETMOOC) since last Monday. I’ll be participating in the National Mentoring Summit… in Washington, DC this Thursday and Friday where more than 500 people will be connected in the same building and for the same purpose. Continue reading

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Tapping cognitive surplus

This photo was posted this morning at Learning2Gether:The Podcast…. In the article Vance Stephens (shown in photo with me) describes the session we co-moderated yesterday in the Learning2Gether portal.

Vance says of the session: “Dan talked about how he conceives channeling knowledge into action through a 4-part strategy he articulated through mindmaps and other visuals. Continue reading

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