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#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes
By Tom Watson on October 16, 2011 | No Comment
#OccupyWallStreet, Philanthropy, and Organizing Causes

Occupy Wall Street, the angry and widespread protest collective that has moved well beyond Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan, is a month old this week. For those of us who work in the nonprofit and …

Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper Social Media and CSR: Are We There Yet? New White Paper

Social media is almost a given. With over 141 million Americans on Facebook and over 600 million worldwide, according to, 31 million on Twitter, and 100 million on LinkedIn, it is rare to convene …

By Millennials, For Millennials
By Tom Watson on August 4, 2008 | One Comment

Beth Kanter is compiling a list of 20-something bloggers writing about a sector that is supposedly dominated by 20-something bloggers. It’s one of those great posts that 1. makes you think and 2. is teeming …

Millennials Rising: Clicks vs. Change?
By Tom Watson on July 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

While it is great to build vast lists online, real “change”—the watchword of the millennials—takes action, the breaking of the virtual barrier, and not merely clicking a few links. This is a generation predisposed to …

FLiPing for Philanthropy
By Tom Watson on June 11, 2008 | One Comment

During the research for this book, my colleagues from the Future Leaders in Philanthropy – or FLiP – community helped pull together a thoughtful and informal focus group on millennial attitudes and causes. Over the …

Leader of the Millennials? It's All How You Craft the Story
By Tom Watson on February 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

Is Barack Obama the candidate of the millennials? Well, he’s garnered the lion’s share of under-30 votes, yet he was born in 1961 – a year usually grouped with the very same Baby Boomers whose …

The New Activism
By Tom Watson on January 26, 2008 | No Comment

Last night, over at the barn, our pick-up band trotted out some old Neil Young licks and we bashed away on our guitars on some classic Boomer rock. In the midst of the audio carnage, …

Not Trying to Cause No Big Sensation…
By Tom Watson on January 12, 2008 | No Comment

The Pew Research Center is out this week with a new study looking at the so-called “Generation Next,” the group of young people born in the 80s and more frequently referred to as the millennials, …

The Power of Young Volunteers
By Tom Watson on January 11, 2008 | No Comment

The Christian Science Monitor notes that “90 percent of college-bound high school seniors have done community service – partly to be attractive to colleges, but partly …

Iowa Was CauseWired
By Tom Watson on January 4, 2008 | One Comment

Say what you will about the results, but you can’t argue the method. Last night’s Iowa caucuses were totally “CauseWired,” if you’ll pardon my attept to turn a book title into geekspeak. From the hordes …

Generation Gap?
By Tom Watson on January 2, 2008 | No Comment

Beth Kanter has a brilliant post today about what she’s learned from a 20-year-old Cambodian American college student. I love Beth’s honest point of view – that Nhuong Son, who is raising money for Cambodian …


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