Big Ideas

Essential presentations to inspire your thinking and challenge your paradigms… Dream Big!

Garnered from the foremost thought leaders, these presentations offer fresh viewpoints on the topics of nonprofit leadership, marketing, fundraising, and organizational development. Our goal is to present interesting and insightful information, ideas, and points of view that will stimulate and motivate nonprofit/NGO’s to strive for excellence.  Change the World!

Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think about Charity is Dead Wrong

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.

Derek Sivers: Leadership and the Courage to Follow – Lessons From A Dancing Guy

Leadership is overrated.  While we all strive to be leaders, as leaders, we all know it’s not about us, it’s about the vision, the movement, the cause.  But more importantly, without followers, there is no movement and sometimes following takes as much, or perhaps more courage than leading.

Melinda French Gates: What Nonprofits Can Learn From Coca-Cola

At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants — and can get — a Coke. Why shouldn’t this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?

Alexis Ohanian: How to Make a Splash in Social Media

In a funny, rapid-fire 4 minutes, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit tells the real-life fable of one humpback whale’s rise to Web stardom. The lesson of Mister Splashy Pants is a shoo-in classic for meme-makers and marketers in the Facebook age.

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

Scott Harrison: Charity:Water Hacks Nonprofit Model

Charity:Water has proven that there are innovative fundraising alternatives to the staid, old methods employed by many other non-profits. 100% of donations go directly to funding freshwater projects in developing nations. More importantly, they understood that to solve a big worldwide problem, they would need a big worldwide brand.  By leveraging content marketing and storytelling, they have become one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country.

Adam Garone: Healthier Men, One Moustache at a Time

Telling a story is central to building support for your cause, but it’s more than just a good story, it’s also about persistence, vision and a plan. Adam Garone has an impressive moustache, and it’s for a good cause. A co-founder of Movember, Garone’s initiative to raise awareness for men’s health — by having men grow out their moustaches every November — began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it’s a worldwide movement that raised $126 million for prostate cancer research last year.