A Full & Frank Blog
Over the last three years I have been involved with TEDxSouthbank in a variety of capacities. In my first year I was a participant in the audience. The second year I was an advocate (a volunteer dedicated to supporting new participants immerse themselves in the TEDx community). Most recently I was a speaker.
Being involved at different levels, in different capacities has taught me many things. These are the top 11 things I wish I knew before attending my first ever TEDx event.
A worrying trend is creeping across the nonprofit sector in Australia. More and more organisations are crafting new ‘mission statements’ that are nothing more than marketing taglines. And not always good ones at that.
This is a problem because taglines and mission statements serve completely difference purposes.
The overhead myth is the almost universally-accepted notion that the less a charity or nonprofit organisation spends on overheads or administration, the more effective and virtuous it is. The problem, of course, is that the overhead myth is just that. A myth.
Common sense and business logic alone should be enough to convince most people that there is no merit to the myth. But the data, too, supports this conclusion. Analysis by Giving Evidence in 2013 revealed charities that invested less in administration were more likely to be poor performers.
In recent months following the delivery of my TED Talk at TEDxSouthbank, a number of people have asked me when I first became involved in helping charities. How did I get started?