Writing For Good
Stories, thoughts, and tidbits from the fight to help change the worlds most important organizations for the better
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Feedback is the most important measuring stick you've got when it comes to improving your organization
Dustin Hughes - 9/22/2020

You have an organization that provides services, and you want to do the best job possible. To get to the top of your field, you're going to have to learn and grow. How do you learn? By getting feedback from the people you serve. Planning, internal testing, wireframing, and vision are great. But until you know how the people you serve feel about what you offer, you'll never be able to grow…

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There are 5 rules you need to know for starting a nonprofit.
Dustin Hughes - 9/17/2020

So you're thinking about starting a nonprofit. You have the dream, you feel the call, and you're determined to make a difference. Good. The world needs service. The world needs your vision. The world needs more do-gooders, especially during this challenging time. But before you start your nonprofit, take some time and take stock. There are 5 rules you need to know for starting a nonprofit. 1. Do…

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Each of these types of empathy helps us relate to others in a different way, and each is a necessary part of understanding in different situations
Brigitta Field - 9/15/2020

Empathy is an important first step to create change in any environment. Change can be inconvenient and difficult for many people, and understanding the need for change and the impact it will have on others is necessary to help us push through when it becomes hard to dedicate ourselves to actively making changes. Psychologists have identified three main types of empathy, termed by psychologist Mark…

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Reading through posts and comments on social media over the past months havealso showcased some of the challenges associated with “listening” and “learning”
Brigitta Field - 9/10/2020

On June 2, 2020, social media platforms across the world joined together in recognition of police brutality against black Americans in response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, an event known as “black-out Tuesday.” On Instagram particularly, celebrities, brands, and other influencers posted a plain black square in their feed instead of their usual content in solidarity with the…

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If you want the unvarnished truth from your surveys, you're going to need to give the respondent anonymity.
Dustin Hughes - 9/8/2020

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde That bit of insight from playwright Oscar Wilde was true in the 19th century, and it's true for women, men, and everyone else today. That's why it's important to give people anonymity when you're soliciting feedback. If you want the unvarnished truth from your surveys, you're…

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As people are home during the COVID-19 pandemic, instances of domestic violence have risen drastically, and it is more important than ever to learn about some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding the crime.
Brigitta Field - 9/3/2020

Domestic violence may be the most common crime in the United States. However, because domestic violence cases often go unreported, it can be difficult to truly gauge the severity of the problem in our communities. Domestic violence often looks different in different situations, and the complexity of the issue means misconceptions can arise easily. As people are home during the COVID-19 pandemic…

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