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Content and Curation for Nonprofits
Nonprofits struggle with finding the time to create content, but the secret is repurposing, reimagining and curating
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Information Filtering and Curation as the Basis for New Business Models

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This great piece was written by Tim Kastelle - it is one of the best articles on curation, the observations and insights take this to a whole new level. So much to digest, lots to ponder about the possibilities that await us in 2012 and beyond.


Here are some of the highlights:


**"We create economic value out of information when we figure out an effective strategy that includes aggregating, filtering and connecting." 


**"Filtering is what helps us deal with the vast amount of information available to us."


"...the real question is, how do we design filters that let us find our way through this particular abundance of information?


****And, you know, my answer to that question has been: the only group that can catalog everything is everybody." (Clay Shirky)


**We try to filter information so that we end up with something that is relevant to us – it helps us learn something, it helps us solve a problem, it helps us develop a new hypothesis about the world around us.


**These are all connections – and this is what really drives value creation.


**However, we can’t connect without some filtering going on. So filtering is important, and it’s a term that includes several different sub-types. I can think of at least five forms of filtering.


...we can use these ideas about filtering to help with business model innovation by changing where it takes place in the value network.


**One of Shirky’s points is that since Gutenberg, the economic logic of publishing required publishers (of books, music, movies) to act as filters in order to maximise their investment.


**As publishing and filtering has shifted out to human networks, publishers no longer need to fill this role.


**Someone (or some network) needs to, and since that creates value, it’s something that can perhaps be monetised.


This piece was curated by Robin Good brief commentary by Jan Gordon


Check this video: 


Read the full article by Tim Kastelle: 

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Martin Gysler's comment, December 30, 2011 12:12 PM
An interesting post, thank you for the share!
Beth Kanter's comment, December 30, 2011 1:47 PM
Thanks for picking this up out of Robin's stream. I personally love Harold Jarche model of Seek, Sense, Share - and have adapted as a framework to help those are just starting with curation ....
Karen du Toit's comment, December 31, 2011 4:42 AM
Thanks for this!
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Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research]

Curating Information & Making Sense of Data Is a Key Skill for the Future [Research] | Content and Curation for Nonprofits |

Note From Beth:  Jan Gordon picked this one up from Robin Good's curated list.  If I was teaching a workshop on content curation,  I might pick from the skill sets list and use for a self-assessment.    These skills are higher order thinking skills.


There are other practical/tactical skills involved and I think Robin has a good list as well.  I'd definitely combined those into some instructional tool



Beth Kanter, Beth's Blog 





Robin Good: The Institute for the Future and the University of Phoenix have teamed up to produce, this past spring, an interesting report entitled Future Work Skills 2020.


By looking at the set of emerging skills that this research identifies as vital for future workers, I can't avoid but recognize the very skillset needed by any professional curator or newsmaster.


It should only come as a limited surprise to realize that in an information economy, the most valuable skills are those that can harness that primary resource, "information", in new, and immediately useful ways.


And being the nature of information like water, which can adapt and flow depending on context, the task of the curator is one of seeing beyond the water,

to the unique rare fish swimming through it.


The curator's key talent being the one of recognizing that depending on who you are fishing for, the kind of fish you and other curators could see within the same water pool, may be very different. 



Here the skills that information-fishermen of the future will need the most:


1) Sense-making:

ability to determine the deeper meaning or significance of what is being expressed


2) Social intelligence:

ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions


3) Novel and adaptive thinking:

proficiency at thinking and coming up with solutions and responses beyond that which is rote or rule-based


4) Cross-cultural competency:

ability to operate in different cultural settings


5) Computational thinking:

ability to translate vast amounts of data into abstract concepts and to understand data-based reasoning


6) New media literacy:

ability to critically assess and develop content that uses new media forms, and to leverage these media for persuasive communication


7) Transdisciplinarity:

literacy in and ability to understand concepts across multiple disciplines


8) Design mindset:

ability to represent and develop tasks and work processes for desired outcomes


9) Cognitive load management:

ability to discriminate and filter information for importance, and to understand how to maximize cognitive functioning using a variety of tools and techniques


10) Virtual collaboration:

ability to work productively, drive engagement, and demonstrate presence as a member of a virtual team



Critical to understand the future ahead. 9/10


Curated by Robin Good


Executive Summary of the Report: 


Download a PDF copy of Future Work Skills 2020:  

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 20, 2011 7:34 PM
Thanks for sharing this from Robin's stream. These skills sets could form the basis of a self-assessment for would-be curators, although they're more conceptual - than practical/tactical. Thanks for sharing and must go rescoop it with a credit you and Robin of course
janlgordon's comment, December 20, 2011 7:56 PM
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Agreed. It's also one of the articles I told you about....good info to build on:-)
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Curating Information and Data Sense-Making Is The Key Skill for the Future [Research]

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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Content and Curation for Nonprofits |

Got this from Jan Gordon.  I like the visual showing goals.  Good to use when doing a workshop with beginners to help them think through content curation - to what end?


This great piece was written by Joe Pulizzi, founder of Content Marketing Institute 


There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 


He says:


"So many organizations are getting caught up in content curation, but the real power of content marketing lies in original content creation."


Curation is more than a tactic, it is coming to forefront because


**people are overwhelmed with too much information.


If you're going to create content, I say mixing that with curated content might be a better way to go, again this depends on many factors,  but that's only my opinion.


Here are a few things that caught my attention:


Y0ur 2012 Checklist -


He says, yes, you can and should use content curation techniques, but this should be secondary.


I say, Curation is more than a technique and will go beyond a buzz word in 2012 as people learn new techniques.


He says:


"Focus on the true pain points of your customers and start planning content series around answering those pain points".


**I definitely agree but this can be accomplished by curation as well. It's not an either or, a curator can add more vital information, another perspective. provide resources or any number of things beyond the original article.


He says:


"Find the content curators in your industry and form relationships with them. They’ll help you spread the word about your great content".


I say:


I believe content creators will want to seek out good content curators  to curate their work.  I watched a six minute video yesterday, the title was "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? Now that's a shift in thinking and a very interesting question to ponder, I say, stay tuned........


I think both are necessary in different proportions for different types of businesses.


What do you think?


Commentary by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"


Read full article here: []

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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.
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Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation

This slide Presentation given at WebCom Montreal, November 16, 2011 by Corinne Weisgerber. 


I really liked her presentation, I'm sure you will too.


Here's what caught my attention:


She quotes from Robert Scoble, and I think he really captured the essence of a good curator.


"A curator is an information chemist . He or she mixes atoms together in a way to build an information molecule then adds value to that molecule"


A few essential takeaways:


*Identify your niche

*Find content sources

*Aggregate what you observe

*Contextualize -

*(there are many ways to add context - you point out patterns, trends, pull out a few points that gives your readers the gist of what the article is about. Anything that helps others to find meaning and utilize the information in their business is what is important).


Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Media & Beyond"


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Beth Kanter's comment, November 17, 2011 3:04 AM
I like her steps too, although I tend to present them in a more simplified way for my audience. Great find.
janlgordon's comment, November 17, 2011 11:51 AM
Hi Beth - Good point, the simpler the better, I agree with you:-)