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Foundations are "reluctant to make grants outside their defined strategies...even if that means losing opportunities to collaborate. But what if, in so doing, they are actually accomplishing less?" Thoughts from Larry Kramer, president of the Hewlett Foundation.
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Welcome to the swissnex 2014 Annual Report—the first of its kind providing an overview of activities in the swissnex network all in one publication.

"We hope you will be inspired to make new connections around the globe and to continue shaping the future with us. Thank you for your continued interest, support, and collaboration."

From the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, Switzerland.
Welcome to our 2014 Annual Report—the first of its kind providing an overview of activities in the swissnex network all in one publication. We hope you will be inspired to make new connections around the globe and to continue shaping the future with us. Thank you for your continued interest, ...
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The @MusicSettlement Hosts ‘Fascinating Rhythms’ Gala Benefit, Sat May 2 at 6pm! "The Music Settlement (TMS) is hosting its first sit-down dinner gala, Fascinating Rhythms, to raise money to support the ongoing mission of the Music Settlement — to create a community where artistic expression belongs to everyone by serving those who seek personal growth through the arts. "
Sat 5/2 @ 6PM The Music Settlement (TMS) is hosting its first sit-down dinner gala, Fascinating Rhythms, to raise money to support the ongoing mission of the Music Settlement — to create a community where artistic expression belongs to everyone by...
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“The problem with a large company is that the CEO doesn’t get social so he’s constantly looking for justification from the team on why they’re spending dollars and time there,” said Preysman. “We don’t try to quantify these things, the only metrics we look at is engagement.”
E-commerce retailer Everlane is a fan of social media -- it's a big part of its brand. Founder Preysman told us all about how it works.
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SUCCESSFUL LEADERSHIP IN THE SHARING ECONOMY – THE JOURNEY TO AUTHENTIC DIALOGUE by Simon Robinson, co-author, Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter.
In this article I would like to bring together a number of threads which I have been writing about recently - principally knotworks (networks with ego) - which will allow me to flesh out more detai...
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From William Eggers at Deloitte University Press:  Business Trends 2015: Wicked opportunities http://dupress.com/articles/wicked-problems-wicked-opportunities-business-trends/ … via @DU_Press @wdeggers
“Wicked problems”—ranging from malaria to dwindling water supplies—are being reframed as “wicked opportunities” and tackled by networks of…
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To Change The Very Nature of Work. "Technology teaches us how "incredibly and insidiously dysfunctional hierarchy is in this digital era where we are smarter and better together as collaborators rather than in parent-child relationships."
I wrote my first piece on workplace democracy in 1978. Over the next two decades I was an active and passionate part of the movement to institute self-organizing teams, often with great success. Today, various versions of dismantling hierarchy are emerging in high and low profile companies.  They are learning that it's not a naive extraction of hierarchy. It is far more than that. It's creating a whole new way of working. It is chang...
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Framework and Matrix: The Five Ways Companies Organize for Social Business. "Recognize this isn’t an org chart, it’s a cultural change."
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"8 reasons for working out loud and narrating your work" by @stangarfield on @LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/8-reasons-working-out-loud-narrating-your-work-stan-garfield
Here are 8 reasons for working out loud rather than privately, through email messages, or in closed meetings Multiple people may need to know what is going on, to read updates, and to reply You don’t know who all of them are You can receive replies from all relevant people You can see all people who replied, unlike forwarded email Provide transparency in thinking, decisions, and processes Receive inputs and feedback from anyone willing to contri...
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Tom Romito's Facilitation Lexicon! "This is a lexicon of my practice as a facilitator.  It is a dictionary of terms I use in my practice.  This content is based on my reading of great thinkers in this area, as well as my experience in the School of Hard Knocks.  I write in my own style, which is homespun and as practical as possible.  White papers and videos on my website and other social media describe these terms in greater detail."
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Thank you Alice Merkel for all you do! Honored to support you and delighted you are sharing your energy and attentions toward restorations of our beautiful Planet Earth. +Climate Ride 
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Education
  • Cleveland Institute of Music
    Bachelor & Master of Music, Harp Performance, 1977 - 1982
    Bachelor and Masters Degree in Harp Performance
  • Case Western Reserve University
    Bachelor & Master of Fine Arts, 1977 - 1982
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Passionate about creative digital media innovation to strengthen search, meaning, and learning for enlivening futures.
Introduction
Betsey Specializes in Communications for Technology-based Community & Economic Development. Betsey is a skilled,
  • Coach, mentor and trainer
  • Collaborative technologies 
  • Publisher
  • Author, Open Source Economic Development
  • Designer, I-Open Civic Forum Process
  • Visualizer
"Betsey Merkel is all about using new technologies to build communities." - Mark Zust, Professional Trainer & Coach, Zust & Co., Westlake, Ohio

"Betsey is a leading advocate of profound organisational change and new economic thinking. She has developed an extremely strong and effective international network of leaders and changemakers, and will be able to contribute greatly to any projects requiring a new way of thinking and relating." - Simon Robinson​, co-author, Holonomics​: Business Where People and Planet Matter

Areas of interest: open systems, social process, creativity, collaborative technologies, conversations, communications, content, media relations, sense-making, entrepreneurs, technology-based community and economic development
Bragging rights
1992-1997 Office of the Governor of the State of Ohio, Business Education Seminar, "Artist to Artist" - 1992-1997 Ohio Arts Council Artist Touring Program Award - 1985 People's Republic of China, Guest of the Government, Performance/Teaching Tour - 1985 Ohio Arts Presenters Award of Merit - 1983- CWRU Music Education - full scholarship for Ph.D. Program - 1977-1983 Salzedo School Performance Scholarship Award - 1974 Graduating High School Class Science Award, Leadership Award, and Art Award
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Occupation
Consultant / Solutions Designer / Coach, Mentor & Trainer
Skills
Social Networking, Entrepreneurship, Collaborative Technologies, Strategic Communications, Social Media, Fundraising, Social Media Marketing, Research, Public Speaking, Marketing Communications, Blogging, Non-profits
Employment
  • Betsey Merkel
    Owner, 2014 - present
    Content and Media Relations; Communications for Technology-based Community & Economic Development
  • Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)
    Business Development, 2005 - 2014
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Currently
Cleveland OH
Previously
Rockland ME - Santa Barbara CA - Los Angeles CA - Falmouth MA - Sudbury MA - Camden ME - North Stonington CT
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A fundraising page for Alice Merkel

12 Striking Portraits of the Homeless in Cleveland
www.communitywestfoundation.org

These portraits of 12 men from Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry men's shelter reveal what it's like to be homeless in Cleveland.

Customer Happiness and Loyalty - Vidrack
vidrack.com

Most business people understand that customer loyalty is paramount to building a strong company. What a lot of people may not be aware of is

3 Ways Manufacturing Companies Can Crush Bounce Rates Using Content
www.kunocreative.com

Having trouble reducing your bounce rate? The issue may not be your design. Learn 3 ways manufacturing companies can lower bounce rate using

To Help Your Employees Understand Diversity, Make It Personal
www.strategy-business.com

Embracing differences—our own and others’—can create a culture of inclusion.

The Psychology of Persuasion and Video Marketing
vidrack.com

In order to be persuasive you need to consider a few basic things. The communicator, the audience, the context, the medium, and the message.

Seth's Blog: A three-step marketing ladder
sethgodin.typepad.com

Probably worth reviewing at your next marketing meeting (or every marketing meeting)... There's a three-step ladder: Awareness Education Act

Facebook to Overtake YouTube: 5 New Research Findings |
www.socialmediaexaminer.com

Do you want to know why it's important to maintain a Facebook presence? This article shows how Facebook impacts online marketing and why it'

Digital Transformation is About Empathy First and Technology Second - Br...
www.briansolis.com

Tweet. November 10, 2014; No Comments · shutterstock_197544926. Every day, there's seemingly yet another disruptive trend that emerges out o

How Google Works - Only Dead Fish
www.onlydeadfish.co.uk

How Google Works from Eric Schmidt I've bought but yet to read Eric Schmidt's new book on How Google Works. In the meantime comes this handy

Video Somatic Triggers
vidrack.com

Somatic triggers are sensory signals that bring out emotional experiences from our past.

Breakdown: Converged Media Workflow (Coordinating Paid + Owned + Earned)...
www.web-strategist.com

The purpose of this post is to serve as an industry reference for converged media workflows: How companies will coordinate paid, owned and e

COINS: An economic development tool for education, economic and workf…
www.slideshare.net

Betsey Merkel, Co-Founder, Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open) contributed this paper to the COINS 2009 conference a