Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Why this Blog?

So why am I doing this? Certainly there are enough blogs out there to keep all of us busy on a constant basis. Yet I'd like to see more engagement about the intersection of the various fields that overlap our work:

  • technology assistance
  • nonprofit management
  • communications
  • organizational development

to name just four. Many of us approach our work from one of these fields; probably most of us have an appreciation for the contributions of each of the others; and some number of us attempt to draw from one or more of them in our work. What we have in common is that we seek to help our clients and ourselves become effective and powerful. And most of us are driven by a desire for some sort of social change.

I see this blog as a place to address this intersection of expertise. I intend to post and discuss resources and tools from a variety of disciplines. I am interested in exploring how we can apply tools from one field to that of another, leading towards a more wholistic (and I misspell that word intentionally) approach to both our practice as consultants & service providers as well as the work done inside of organizations.

If you are interested in this intersection as well, please join me here. Expert bloggers: you know what to do to keep informed of updates to this blog; for those like me who are inconsistent bloggers, but want to stay informed, contact me and I'll add you to the informal alerts system I'm establishing.

I look forward to your comments.


Beth said...

Welcome Jillaine!

Michael Stein said...

Jillaine, it'll be great to have your voice and opinion in the blogsphere.

--Michael Stein

steve backman said...

Looking forward to lots of clear, forward-looking stuff.

Deborah Elizabeth Finn said...

Blog on, Jillaine! Warm regards from Deborah

Emily said...

Jillaine, I look forward to reading your blog.

Tutor Mentor Connections said...

I like the concept of your blog. Maybe it's because I have been trying to apply this concept to the work I do in Chicago to help non school tutor/mentor programs grow.

I think the intersection of the talents you describe has more passion, when they are focused on some issue that is important to the people who are involved.

I use some power point essays to describe how groups of people connect around a common issue, and need to stay connected or involved for a period of many years if the problem is to be solved. You can see thse in the Tutor/Mentor Institute Section of

If you'd like to know more about this, email me at

Deborah Strauss said...

Jillaine, I'm glad to see you and your wisdom continue to permeate this space. And thanks for the clarity of your statements about tis andother topics.

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