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Considering Bias

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Paula Dootson0 Comments

Human perceptions and decision-making are riddled with cognitive biases. Cognitive biases are tendencies to think in certain ways that sometimes lead to irrational judgments. For example, you might think you are more likely to die in a plane crash than die of a heart attack (that’s caused by the availability heuristic). While that can impact your anxiety to fly, it …

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Digital Impact – Cape Town

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Cape Town: join us on September 7!   Digital Impact is coming to South Africa to learn how social sector leaders are creating impact in the digital age. Nonprofit organizations and foundations increasingly depend on digital data to inform their strategies, monitor their progress, manage their organizations and pursue their missions. How can organizations and leaders maximize the opportunities presented …

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Digital Impact: Reflections from Brisbane

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.0 Comments

On July 29 More than 100 Australian social sector leaders spent a beautiful Saturday in Brisbane discussing the possibilities and responsibilities of digital civil society. Several themes dominated the day: the importance of the “people” part of digital data, the ways digital technologies can highlight and even amplify existing social disparities, and a clear enthusiasm for building connections across sectors, …

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The Dark Side of Data (Organizations)

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Angela Daly0 Comments

Non-profits and philanthropy organizations need to embrace the digital age and start engaging more with digital and data in their activities. However, they must also be careful to avoid the ‘dark side’ of data and digitization, and ensure they uphold respect for the privacy and security of individuals’ data.   These threats are not merely theoretical. There are plenty of …

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Digital Impact – Brisbane

In Events, Past Events, Digital Impact World Tour by Laura Seaman0 Comments

  Brisbane: join us on July 29!   Digital Impact is coming to Australia to learn how social sector leaders are creating impact in the digital age.   Nonprofit organizations and foundations increasingly depend on digital data to inform their strategies, monitor their progress, manage their organizations and pursue their missions. How can organizations and leaders maximize the opportunities presented …

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Digital Impact: Reflections from Brussels

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.0 Comments

The European leg of the Digital Impact event series kicked off in Brussels on 13 June.   Not surprisingly to those who follow EU policy, the emerging European digital policy landscape permeated the day’s discussions. We were fortunate to have participants and speakers from digital rights groups and corporate policy offices to share insights on the many ways that European …

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Digital Impact: Reflections from Beijing

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.0 Comments

With support from the Ai You Foundation, Digital Impact Beijing brought together 140 participants from Chinese nonprofits, foundations, corporate social responsibility programs, and universities. The opportunity to learn with and from networks of nonprofits in China – with its rapidly developing nonprofit sector and its singular digital culture – was exciting.   The nonprofit and foundation sector in China is …

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Reflections: Transforming the sector in Toronto

In Viewpoints, Digital Impact World Tour by Lucy Bernholz, Ph.D.0 Comments

After the Data on Purpose / Do Good Data conference at Stanford, the Digital Civil Society Lab kicked off a yearlong series of convenings around the globe to learn from civil society leaders creating social impact in the digital age. Toronto was our first stop, where we partnered with Powered By Data, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, with support from global …

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Announcing the Digital Impact World Tour

In From the Field, Events, Digital Impact World Tour by Digital Impact0 Comments

Digital data offers a world of possibilities for civil society to achieve greater impact – data transforms how we operate, interact and serve constituents. At the same time, poorly-managed data can cause great harm. Civil society’s rising dependence on digital data and infrastructure has raised new ethical and governance challenges, generated a new set of regulatory actors, and made many …