Ep 155: A Once-In-A-Generation Opportunity to Shape the Future of Nonprofit Work (with Allison Fine and Beth Kanter)

nonprofits are messyWhat if I told you that right now, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape the future of work in the nonprofit sector and refocus on social change? You like the sound of that don’t you?

In this episode, my guests — authors Allison Fine and Beth Kanter — join me to talk about how we can get there by remaking work in the nonprofit sector with the help of smart technology.

Today’s nonprofit leaders are not short on passion, but they are short on something else — TIME. But by integrating smart tech we can offer ourselves something my guests refer to in their new book, The Smart Nonprofit: Staying Human-Centered in An Automated World, as “the dividend of time.”

Imagine a future where leveraging new technologies and organizational change add value to our missions and for our stakeholders.

Building a smart nonprofit can bring you closer to this vision — but what does this look like? And how can we use the time we get back through digital transformation to reprioritize social change?

Listen in as my guests and I take a deep dive into human-centered software and how to use it ethically, responsibly, and intentionally in today’s nonprofit world.

Click Play to Learn:

  • How can remaking work offer nonprofit leaders the “dividend of time”? (0:56)
  • What is smart technology? What does it look like in the nonprofit sector? (9:48)
  • What is a smart nonprofit? (14:45)
  • How can nonprofit leaders guide and own human-centered automation? (20:07)
  • How can nonprofit leaders use smart technology more intentionally? (22:16)
  • Why is it so important for nonprofit leaders to understand how to use smart technology ethically and responsibly? (27:50)
  • What should nonprofits know about HR automation tools? (31:58)
  • How will smart tech impact the future of work in the nonprofit sector? (43:00)


Contact Allison Fine

About Allison Fine:

Allison is among the nation’s pre-eminent thinkers and strategists on networked leadership and online activism. Over the past ten years, she has written three books, keynote conferences around the world, and coached hundreds of organizations. She is the author of Matterness: Fearless Leadership for a Social World, the award-winning Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, and co-author with Beth Kanter of the bestselling The Networked Nonprofit.

Contact Beth Kanter

About Beth Kanter:

Beth is an author, trainer, virtual facilitator and internationally recognized thought leader in the nonprofit sector focusing on digital transformation and wellbeing in the workplace. She has over 35 years of providing capacity building programs for nonprofits and foundations. Beth is the co-author of the award winning Network Nonprofit books and The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout.