Some posts that caught our attention this week…
A new school year is just around the calendar corner, so it’s a good time for political consultant Phil Van Treuren to provide “five good campaign tips to follow if you want to win your high school class presidential or student body election.” (The Campaign Workshop)
Elections are around the corner too, and Los Angeles is so desperate to increase voter turnout this year that they’re willing to pay voters. Vote in the municipal election and you could win the election lottery: $25,000. The only problem: it might not be legal. (David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times)
Giving away money is certainly better than suing voters, yet that’s what the town of Montezuma, Colorado is doing. “The town and its novice clerk have filed suit against every registered voter in the town, claiming that an election held last spring had numerous errors.” As the reporter said, “You can’t make this s(tuff) up!” (Doug Chapin, Election Academy)
Tweet of the Week
Political scientist Kevin Collins shared this tweet and added a comment: “Ballots over bullets.” Amen.
When should you use a Request for Proposals (RFP)? And when is a Request for Information (RFI) a better choice? And what’s the difference? DelCor Technology Solutions has a handy checklist explaining it all. While you’re there, check out their series of posts about RFIs, RFPs and developing requirements for a system selection. (DelCor)
Culture is the holy grail of governance, says nonprofit consultant Michael R. Vanderpool. “The best way to significantly improve governance is to change the way boards think, work, and act. In other words…to change their culture.” A really great board has a strategically focused, well-trained, active and results-oriented culture. He explains what boards need to do to develop those characteristics. (BoardSource)
Steve Drake posted the slides from a session he led at the ASAE Annual Meeting along with four other association management professionals. They shared eight case studies that illustrate a board failure and the steps taken to solve the problem. (Slideshare)
If younger members are entering your organization’s leadership ranks, either on committees or the board, you may want to read these tips for adjusting to new, young co-workers. Instead of being a grouchy curmudgeon when encountering a different style of associating and leading, the author suggests cutting Millennials some slack. (Alison Green, U.S. News & World Report)
Crowdsourcing Project of the Week
“History nerds, this is for you.” The Smithsonian is asking for volunteers to help transcribe their digital archives. The “collection is so vast that transcribing its content using its own staff could take decades.”
This Week on Voting 2.0
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Enjoy your weekend!