How can today's nonprofits demonstrate effective use of funds?
How can they motivate employees and volunteers and combat burnout and high turnover?
How can they ensure that they are performing in accordance with their mission and purpose?
Author Stephen J. Gill answers these questions and more in Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations. Filled with practical tips and tools, the book shows students and managers of human services, arts, education, civic, and environmental agencies how to implement a learning culture with individuals, teams, the organization as a whole, and the larger community.
Draws on the author's more than 25 years of consulting experience; Demonstrates how to create a culture of intentional learning that uses reflection and feedback, focuses on successes and failures, and builds a strong organization that motivates employees and volunteers; Offers specific, hands-on tools for each level of the organization, from the individual and team to the whole organization and the community; Discusses not only the need for a learning culture but also the barriers that may stand in the way; Takes a step-by-step approach that facilitates managers and students' understanding and learning; Incorporates practical tools that can be used in nonprofit management and in actual field instruction
Developing a Learning Culture in Nonprofit Organizations is appropriate for courses in Social Work Evaluation, Public and Nonprofit Management, and Evaluation.
Chapter 9: Using Models to Facilitate Learning
Using Models to Facilitate Learning
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
—Henry David Thoreau
A model is, simply, a representation of the real world. Models give us clarity about the key elements of a system and allow us to check our assumptions about how that portion of the world works. Whether it is the clay model of a new car or a computer simulation of environmental tradeoffs, models help us simplify complexity enough to be able to make decisions. Models are not the real world, and we need to continually remind ourselves of that. Social systems are much more complex, nonlinear, and chaotic than any model could possibly be.
As I explained at the beginning of this book, ...