Archive for March, 2010

Good Ideas?

Jim Cashel, chairman of Forum One, asked me to post five good ideas I’ve seen around philanthropy recently on the Good Ideas Web site. He collected the ideas in an interview for the Good ideas blog. What do you think? What good ideas do you see? Please post them on Good Ideas or below.

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Why We All Need to Splash the Old Ladies Now and Then

I’ve been thinking about hippos lately.

Not the behemoths you see on Animal Planet lounging in the watering holes in Africa with just their warty heads above the mud. I’m talking about a different kind of hippo. I’m talking about the large, wrinkled ladies in flowered bathing suits and freshly poofed hair, who lounge on the steps in public swimming pools. You know the ones. They gather in groups of three or four, gabbing ceaselessly about their grandchildren, the weather, Regis and their next trip to Miami Beach. They don’t like it when the kids get too close or too noisy, and God help you if you accidentally propel a few drops of water toward their cotton-candy hairdos. Read the rest of this entry »

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Baby Steps and Other Lessons Learned Implementing Social Media at a Foundation

I can still see it in my mind all these years later.

My oldest son was starting to walk. We were upstairs in the tiny house we lived in at the time. My mind wandered for a second, and, before I knew it, he was standing at the top of the stairs with a goofy smile on his face. I ran to catch him, but was too late. He took a big step, and then his chubby body rolled down about 15 carpeted stairs, plopping onto the landing on the first floor. I was right behind trying to catch him, but he stayed just out of reach. Like in the movies, it felt as though it was happening in slow motion. He wasn’t hurt. He was crying, though, and suddenly had a full load in his diaper. I learned an important lesson. Babies (and drunk people) are good fallers because they don’t try to stop themselves. They just go with it. I also learned that a gate at the top of the steps might be a good idea. My son learned a pretty good lesson that day about how stairways work and how that first step can be a doozy. You learn new and useful things every day, especially when you are trying something new—like walking … or social media. Read the rest of this entry »

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