November, 2015

Prepare for and manage the unexpected

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By BKD staff | Businesses face numerous pressures that can threaten the organization’s viability and sustainability if a disaster occurs. Potential threats include: Natural (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, etc.) Environmental (fire, network failure, power outage, etc.) Business market (legal/regulatory issues, competitive pressures, reputational risks, etc.) Social (terrorism, pandemic, social media, network intrusions/attacks, etc.) Human (strikes, […]

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Texas orders local nonprofits not to serve Syrian refugees

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By Ruth McCambridge, editor in chief, The Nonprofit Quarterly | As was reported by Rick Cohen last Monday, Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, joined other Republican governors in declaring that Syrian refuges were not welcome to be resettled in that state. “As the governor of the state of Texas,” he said, “I will not […]

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What new power looks like

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We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans casino online asks: When does that kind of “new power” start to work in politics? His surprising answer: Sooner than you think. It’s a bold argument about the future of politics and […]

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Business models: Understanding the “new power”

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By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms, Harvard Business Review | We all sense that power is shifting in the world. We see increasing political protest, a crisis in representation and governance, and upstart businesses upending traditional industries. But the nature of this shift tends to be either wildly romanticized or dangerously underestimated. There are those […]

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Elderly care and the future of social innovation

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By Curtis Chang for Stanford Social Innovation Review | Social innovation tends to care disproportionately about the young. Take a look at the Social Innovation Fund’s initial investments, for example, and you’ll find that more than a third are explicitly targeted at youth, with the rest heavily concentrated on relatively online casino young families and […]

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Innovative programs to age in place

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By Alexis Abramson, writer, Huffington Post | For an aging person, the move to a skilled nursing facility is a costly one. Nationwide, the average annual cost of a semi-private room in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) in 2011 was $78,110, according to the 2011 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult […]

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Lessons from the tank

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By Chris Mennel, audit manager, Alerding CPA Group | Millions of people have tuned into ABC’s “Shark Tank” to see whether amateur and experienced entrepreneurs can land a deal with one of the millionaire or billionaire sharks. We may watch for the entertainment value; but after seven seasons, there are real-life lessons to be learned. […]

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Understanding the risks and benefits of cloud computing

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By Chip Heberden, owner and president, Netlink, Inc. | Cloud computing is a boon to small businesses and organizations. With cloud services handling specific technology tasks, small organizations can reap the benefits. They don’t have to deploy physical infrastructure like servers, storage systems or expensive software. The “anywhere, anytime” availability of these solutions, means hassle-free […]

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What Singapore’s plan for an aging population can teach the United States

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By Tara Bahrampour, reporter, Washington Post | Singapore, one of the world’s fastest-aging countries, has announced a massive, multipronged plan to help its citizens age successfully — one that advocates say leaves the United States in the dust. The $2.1 billion plan announced by the Ministry of Health, “A Nation for All Ages,” comprises initiatives […]

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