Five Good Ideas

Five Good Ideas is a lunch-and-learn program where industry and issue experts discuss powerful yet practical ideas on key management issues facing non-profit organizations. The sessions are most useful for management staff and board members at small and mid-sized non-profits.

Each expert presents five concise ideas and explores with the audience how these ideas can be translated into action. During each session, participants organize into small groups and continue the discussion to generate the best and most relevant of all ideas.

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Five Good Ideas: Practical Strategies for Non-Profit Success features a collection of the best ideas from past Five Good Ideas sessions.

Upcoming Five Good Ideas sessions

November 26, 2019

Susan Manwaring, Partner, Miller Thomson

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Communications

Published on 29/10/2019

Podcasting is growing in popularity as a tool for reaching and engaging new audiences. But how can nonprofits use it to fulfill their missions?

Podcasting is growing in popularity as a tool for reaching and engaging new audiences. But how can nonprofits use it to fulfill their missions? Director of Social Engagement for the Atkinson Foundation, Ausma Malik, shares her experience as the host-producer of Atkinson’s Just Work It podcast. She offers five good ideas for getting your purpose […]

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Leadership and Vision

Published on 30/09/2019

In this session, Paulette Senior provided key insights on reflexive leadership as a lifelong effort to do the hard work of changemaking, starting with yourself and moving outward to your organization and the broader society itself.

Every leader wants to become the most effective they can be, and leaders of changemaking organizations carry a special responsibility to “be the change.” But there’s always a gap between how you see yourself and how others see and experience you. Closing that gap – enabling your “inner leader” to match your “outer leader” – […]

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Organizational Effectiveness

Published on 28/05/2019

Peter Sloly discusses security and justice in the physical and virtual world.

Exponential technology changes mean that almost everything that we know will be radically altered in the next 10 to 20 years – this includes our basic understanding of “security and justice” in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. While we can’t imagine being without our everyday technology, like our mobile phones, smart speakers, and computers, many of […]

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Human Resources

Published on 30/04/2019

Naki Osutei talks about her ideas for building teams that deliver projects and uplift people.

Individuals may generate ideas but teams bring them to life. In some cases we are working with teams of people who report to us in a workplace setting, in other instances our teams may be composed of volunteers. We may have a team of 2 people or a team of 200. But in all cases, […]

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Human Resources

Published on 28/03/2019

In the complex, uncertain, and fast-paced times we’re living in, there is a big shift underway in the workplace.

There is a big shift in the workplace underway right now: younger generations are replacing the large number of current leaders who are retiring. And as this group of young people navigates their way into the sector, they also have to deal with the many myths and stereotypes that seem to follow them everywhere they […]

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Advocacy and Policy

Published on 21/02/2019

If you are part of a non-profit that that serves people and/or communities, chances are you have been asked about how well you know the needs of the people you support.

If you are part of a non-profit that that serves people and/or communities, chances are you have been asked about how well you know the needs of the people you support. This session shared how a local neighbourhood organization grew its greatest assets: the people it supports and serves. It did it by championing the […]

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Communications

Published on 22/01/2019

Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings.

Life’s too short for boring, unproductive meetings. Yet that’s precisely where many of us spend too much of our time. We know that working together is a good and necessary thing, but we also know that getting the right combination of people in a room together (or in a virtual space – even worse…) is […]

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Human Resources

Published on 27/11/2018

In this Five Good Ideas session, Maya Roy drew on her own frontline experience to talk about the benefits of addressing diversity in smaller, grassroots non-profits.

In this Five Good Ideas session, Maya Roy drew on her own frontline experience to talk about the benefits of addressing diversity in smaller, grassroots non-profits. She offered five practical ideas around: 1) Participatory community development as a solid human resources strategy; 2) Online tools that can help upskill your team; 3) Intergenerational job sharing […]

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Communications

Published on 25/10/2018

It’s not just about who you know – but about the meaningful ways you can exchange value with others.

It’s not just about who you know – but about the meaningful ways you can exchange value with others. That’s the key to effective networking, and the cornerstone for connections that last. In this Five Good Ideas session, Emily Mills, founder of How She Hustles, shared networking techniques that helped her build a virtual village […]

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