Connecting to Change the World: Harnessing the Power of Networks for Social Impact

Something new and important is afoot. Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are under increasing pressure to do more and to do better to increase and improve productivity with fewer resources. Social entrepreneurs, community-minded leaders, nonprofit organizations, and philanthropists now recognize that to achieve greater impact they must adopt a network-centric approach to solving difficult problems. Building networks of like-minded organizations and people offers them a way to weave together and create strong alliances that get better leverage, performance, and results than any single organization is able to do.
While the advantages of such networks are clear, there are few resources that offer easily understandable, field-tested information on how to form and manage social-impact networks. Drawn from the authors’ deep experience with more than thirty successful network projects, Connecting to Change the World provides the frameworks, practical advice, case studies, and expert knowledge needed to build better performing networks. Readers will gain greater confidence and ability to anticipate challenges and opportunities.
Easily understandable and full of actionable advice, Connecting to Change the World is an informative guide to creating collaborative solutions to tackle the most difficult challenges society faces.

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Like: Social Media #2 (Volume 2)

#WhatADick Vaughn Asher. I’ve stalked him relentlessly. I shaped and formed my lust into the perfect dirty hashtag…day after day… weekend after weekend. He was my prince. My fairy tale. My fantasy. I gave him the best years of my online life and what did he do for me? Ruined my social media experience one tweet at a time. That’s what. #Fantastic #BackToNatureFucking #MissingSomething #You And now #TheDickWhoIsVaughnAsher thinks he can weasel his way back into this filthy blue bird’s Twitter account? He’s wrong. His public fantasy is about to collide… ah, fuck it. He’s hot as hell, bitches. I need more than a free sample. This time I want it all. And I’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

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PROFILE: Social Media #5

All the best fairytale princesses have the most horrific pasts. Mine just happens to be more horrific than most.

Fantasizing over Vaughn Asher was a dream. Meeting Vaughn Asher was a fairytale. Loving Vaughn Asher was my downfall.

The past is always there. Waiting. Waiting to expose you. Waiting to ruin you. Waiting to take you back.

Sometimes not even a prince can save you.

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Stratas Sings Weill

Revealing an affinity for Weill, Teresa Stratas fulfills her promise to Lotte Lenya on her deathbed to “carry on the torch for Kurt Weill’s music.” Stratas’s glorious soprano has never sounded better as she applies her operatic expertise to deliciously caress this music without losing any of the underlying subtext. Lacking the grittiness of other interpreters, she captures the emotional angles by letting her beautiful voice express the tortured heart beneath it; where others shout at you, Stratas sings at you. She casually bounces off the cheerier selections from One Touch of Venus and Happy End, letting Gerard Schwarz’s brilliantly conducted orchestra display their wit. Program notes include a fascinating interview with Stratas. –Barbara Eisner Bayer

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The Compassionate Geek: How Engineers, IT Pros, and Other Tech Specialists Can Master Human Relations Skills to Deliver Outstanding Customer Service

Newly expanded edition. A real-world, plain-language how-to guide for delivering amazing customer service to customers and end-users.

Now in its third edition, The Compassionate Geek was written by a tech person for tech people. There are no frills, just customer service best practices and ideas that actually work! Filled with practical customer service tips, best practices, and real-world techniques, The Compassionate Geek is a quick read with equally fast results. Each chapter includes a reflection and discussion section to help you improve your customer service skills. There are lots of personal stories and examples of mistakes made and lessons learned. This new edition adds an entire chapter on overcoming personal and professional obstacles.

Here’s what you ll find:

  • The four intrinsic qualities of great customer service providers 
  • Customer service tips on how to say no without alienating your customer or end user 
  • Best practices for communicating with email, including examples 
  • Best practices for communicating using chat and texting 
  • Ten tips for being a good listener 
  • Two practical ways to keep your emotions in check using emotional intelligence (eq) techniques 
  • A six-step flow chart for handling customer and end user calls 
  • Customer service skills to use when the customer or end user is wrong 
  • How to work with the different generations in the workplace 
  • Motivational stories of human triumph with reflection and discussion questions 
  • Techniques for overcoming personal and professional obstacles

All of the information is presented in a straightforward style that you can understand and use right away. There’s nothing foo-foo , just down-to-earth tips and technical support best practices learned from years of working with technical staff and demanding customers and end users.

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How To Write A Book: Tips from Authors for Authors About Writing and Publishing

Are you thinking about writing a book? Have you started the great American novel and haven’t quite finished it? Do you need help getting started?

How to Write a Book is just what you need. 12 authors have gotten together and put together this book of tips and advice for authors just getting started.

Our chapters include:

Introduction

Reading And Writing

Getting Started On Your Book

The Closet Writer

Yes, Virginia, Grammar Really Matters

The Gristle Of It

The Story Arc

Let’s Talk About POV

Character Development – Podcast Transcript

Dialogue: Letting Your Characters Breathe

How To Write A Series

Plotting For The Past – Podcast Transcript

The Importance Of Being Edited

The Pros And Cons Of Self-Publishing

The Indie Author

Working With Children To Co-Author Books

Helpful Sites for Writers

Our authors are:

Deborah Carney

Lynne Cantwell

Rachel Cherie

Katie Darden

Karen Garcia

Judy Leslie

Tabitha Ormiston-Smith

Joseph Picard

John R. Phythyon, Jr.

Tory Richards

Alan Seeger

Diane Ziomek

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Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking

FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, AND USA TODAY MONEY BESTSELLER

Foreword by Seth Godin. Afterword by Guy Kawasaki.

Master word of mouth marketing with this fun, practical, hands-on guide.

With straightforward advice and humor, word of mouth expert Andy Sernovitz will show you how the world’s most respected and profitable companies get their best customers for free through the power of word of mouth.

Learn the five essential steps that make word of mouth work and everything you need to get started. Understand how easy it is to work with social media, viral marketing, evangelists, and buzz. Start using simple techniques that start conversations:

– 3 Reasons People Talk About You

– 4 Rules of Word of Mouth Marketing

– 5 Ts of Word of Mouth Marketing

– 6 Big Ideas: Deep Stuff That Changes Marketing Forever

Find out what sparks the irrepressible enthusiasm of Apple and TiVo fans. Understand why everyone is talking about a certain restaurant, car, band, or dry cleaner — and why other businesses and products are ignored. Discover why some products become huge successes without a penny of promotion — and why some multi-million-dollar advertising campaigns fail to get noticed.

Open your eyes to a new way of doing business: Honest marketing makes more money, because customers who trust you will talk about you. Learn how to be the remarkable company that people want to share with their friends.

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25 Website Must Haves For Driving Traffic, Leads, and Sales

PROFIT100 Award winning entrepreneur, Trent Dyrsmid shares hard-won advice on how to attract more customers and beat the competition; all starting with just your website.

Trent turned his personal blog into a six figure business in it’s very first year, and 25 Website Must Haves For Driving Traffic, Leads, and Sales is a virtual blueprint for how he did it.

When companies outline the online marketing strategies, they so often overlook details that are critical to their success. In this book, you will discover how to ensure your site gets found, how to design it so that it makes a killer first impression, how to develop content that positions you as an authority in your niche, and most importantly, how to convert this visitors into leads using 5 key strategies.

Download this book now and get started increasing your results today.

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Fire HD 6, 6″ HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB – Includes Special Offers, Black

The Fire HD 6 goes anywhere with its pocketable design–features a beautiful 6” HD display, 2x faster quad-core processor, and unsurpassed reliability in its class.

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Powerful quad-core processor

Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz—2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD for quicker apps, smooth videos, and better overall experience.

Beautiful 6” HD display

Fire HD 6 features a 1280×800 high definition LCD display with over a million pixels (252 ppi) and a brighter display for more vibrant colors and whiter whites.

Designed for portability

Fire HD 6 is the ultimate pocket-sized tablet with a smaller profile, thinner bezel, and lighter weight design than the previous generation Fire HD.

Unsurpassed reliability

With a durable Gorilla Glass display and rigorous reliability testing, you won’t find a more reliable tablet in its class.

Rear-facing camera

Fire HD features a 2MP rear-facing camera that allows for high-resolution photos and 1080p HD video.

Rear-facing camera

Front-facing camera

Fire HD includes a front-facing camera that is perfect for Skype video calls and taking selfies to share via Facebook or e-mail.

Which color will you choose?

Fire HD is available in black, citron, cobalt, white, or magenta.

Fire HD Colors

Stay connected

Amazon Silk is our cloud-optimized web browser, exclusively available on Fire Tablets and Phones. The latest version now includes print support and Private Browsing mode (coming soon). Private Browsing allows you to browse the web without Silk saving a record of what you visit. Other features include Reading View, which provides a clean, easy-to-read version of websites by removing unnecessary images and clutter.

The email app on Fire tablets makes sending mail, viewing attachments, grouping conversations by subject, and syncing contacts simple. The app provides full support for the world’s most popular email providers.

Fire tablets are fully integrated with Facebook and Twitter, making it easy to connect and share with friends and family.

Be entertained

Rent or purchase the biggest new releases and most popular movies and TV shows. Stream instantly over Wi-Fi or download to enjoy later.

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Fire tablets are built for the best in gaming, with tilt, turn, and multi-touch controls.

With X-Ray for music, see lyrics that display line-by-line while you listen to many of your favorite songs. You can also explore an immersive artist experience with photos, videos, and more.

Our interactive magazine experience allows you to start reading in just a few seconds with access to any back issue at any time on the cloud. Many Kindle Magazines come with a 30-day free trial.

Be productive

Create, edit, view, and print Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on your Fire tablet with WPS Office. Check and reply to work email on-the-go with a robust Exchange email experience with ActiveSync. Fire tablets also support printing to your home or office’s wireless printer.

Amazon FreeTime

Parents can create a profile for each of their children and choose what books, apps, games, and videos they want to give their kids access to. Amazon FreeTime is free on every Fire tablet. Parents can also set daily limits for tablet use, or restrict certain categories—like games and video—while leaving unlimited time for reading.

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Compare Fire Tablets

  Fire HD 6 Fire HD 7 Kindle Fire HDX Fire HDX 8.9
Starting Price $99 $139 $199 $379
Screen Size 6″ 7″ 7″ 8.9″
Resolution 1280 x 800 (252 ppi) 1280 x 800 (216 ppi) 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)
Processor Quad-core up to 1.5 GHz Quad-core 2.2 GHz Quad-core 2.5 GHz
Battery Life 8 hours mixed use 8 hours mixed use 11 hours mixed use 12 hours mixed use
Audio Dolby Audio, Mono speaker, Built-in micro-phone Dolby Audio, Dual stereo speakers, Built-in micro-phone Dolby Audio, Dual stereo speakers, Built-in micro-phone Dolby Atmos, Dual stereo speakers, Built-in micro-phone
Wi-Fi Single band Wi-Fi Dual band, Dual antenna (MIMO) Wi-Fi Dual band, Dual antenna (MIMO
+HT80) Wi-Fi
4G None Wi-Fi + 4G LTE Unlocked GSM (incl. AT&T)
Wi-Fi + 4G LTE (Verizon)
Camera Front-facing VGA camera + 2 MP rear-facing Front-facing HD camera Front-facing HD camera + 8 MP rear-facing camera
Storage 8 or 16GB 16, 32, or 64GB
Dimensions 6.7″ x 4.1″ x 0.4″
(169 X 103 X 10.7 mm)
7.5″ x 5.0″ x 0.42″
(191 X 128 X 10.6 mm)
7.3″ x 5.0″ x 0.35″
(186 X 128 X 9.0mm)
9.1″ x 6.2″ x 0.31″
(231 X 158 X 7.8mm)
Weight 10.1 oz
(290 grams)
11.9 oz
(337 grams)
Wi-Fi: 10.7 oz (303 grams)
4G: 11 oz (311 grams)
Wi-Fi: 13.2 oz (375 grams)
4G: 13.7 oz (390 grams)
Customer Support Email, web, and phone On-device “Mayday” button + email, web, and phone

Product Features

  • Fast quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz-2x the speed and over 3x the graphics performance of previous generation Fire HD
  • Beautiful 6″ HD display-crisp, vivid HD display (252 ppi / 1280×800) with over a million pixels-perfect for movies, TV, games, photos, and more
  • Front and rear cameras-take photos or capture videos in 1080p HD with a rear-facing camera or Skype with a front-facing camera. Plus, free unlimited cloud storage for photos taken with Fire devices
  • Fire HD 6 is the ultimate pocket-sized tablet with a smaller profile, thinner bezel, and lighter weight design than the previous generation Fire HD

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Incase CL57066 Nylon Sleeve Plus Case for Apple MacBook Pro 15″, PowerBook 15″ and iBook 14″, Black

Constructed of custom-made lightweight, weather resistant nylon, the Nylon Sleeve Plus features large exterior pockets, two internal mesh compartments, and a breakaway accessory clip for maximum durability, storage and organization. The ergonomic shoulder strap and retractable tuck away handles offer carrying comfort, while the plush faux-fur lined interior and reinforced padding provide optimum notebook protection.

Product Features

  • Optimum notebook protection. Custom weather resistant nylon construction.
  • Ultra plush faux-fur lined interior. 7mm cushioned interior padding. Double-stitched, concealable nylon handles.
  • Removable, padded shoulder strap. Exterior magazine pocket with Velcro closure.
  • Two covered expandable exterior pockets with topographic print lining.
  • Breakaway accessory clip

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