What you’re reading, following, and watching now.

As a prelude to our first-ever IDEAS issue of NOW—featuring dozens of stories of innovative ideas from Georgia nonprofits—we asked GCN members to share the inspiration behind ther own ideas. 

In our unscientific sample, we saw some definite trends. You love TED Talks and blogs. You still read magazines. You make the time for inspirational reading on personal empowerment, leadership, and innovation. And we’re so glad that you read our NOW blog. Here’s a selection of favorites, with thanks to our contributors. (Have an inspiration to share? Write us at [email protected])





Dan Pallotta: The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong
Simon Sanek: Start With Why
Karen Armstrong: My Wish: The Charter for Compassion



Stanford Social Innovation Review, the HBR Blog Network, Bridgespan, The New York Times' opinion page spin-off Room for Debate, Thomas Cott’s You've Cott Mail newsletter, research from Root Cause's Social Innovation Forum, Big Duck for marketing insight, Seth Godin for fresh thinking, The Daily Do Gooder for cause videos, FiveThirtyEight for stats, Fast Company for business innovation.

“I love how Beth Kanter uses technology and social networks to help nonprofits and movements create positive change.” – Erin Weller Dalton, Director of Marketing & Communications, Moving in the Spirit

“We pay very close attention to, and are a contributor to, the lessons in the Collective Impact Forum’s [online] community.” – Kim Nolte, VP Programs and Training, Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential   

News and blogs from Social Enterprise Alliance and Social Impact Architects, LinkedIn groups like the Global Impact Investing Network. – Barbara Peters, President & CEO, First Step Staffing

I'm a voracious reader of global news, but I don't go too deeply on anything but the New Yorker.” –Mark Brodbeck, CEO, Toolbank USA

Nonprofit Quarterly raises awareness of issues facing nonprofits on a global basis, and provides ideas for solutions to challenges.”– Cheryl Oliver, ED, Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts            

Mashable, TechCrunch and MIT Technology Review: Fascinating sources about startups, cutting-edge technology, and their practical impact on science fields.” – Katie Dion, Director of Marketing and Educational Outreach , Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative



Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Martin Linsky and Ronald A. Heifetz. “Ten years old, but still relevant today.” – Gina Simpson, President & CEO, Hands On Atlanta

The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer. “Surprisingly simple solutions to help address extreme poverty world-wide.” – Tommy Pearce, Consultant, GCN

Do It! Let's Get Off Our Buts by Peter McWilliams. “Awesome book that inspires you to do what you think about doing.” – Jinger Robins, Executive Director,  PathSafe Children’s Advocacy Center

Leadership Without Easy Answers by Ronahld Heifetz. “How to lead when you don’t have ultimate authority—and most of us don’t, unless we’re dictators.” – Doug Shipman, CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights

Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
Alignment by Robert Kaplan
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Tribes by Seth Godin
The Networked Nonprofit by Beth Kanter and Allison Fine
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore
Winning the Story Wars by Jonah Sachs


Suggestions were contributed by Georgia nonprofit professionals  to GCN for the IDEAS Issue of Georgia Nonprofit NOW. Resources were compiled by Betsy Reid, GCN communications director and the editor of Georgia Nonprofit NOW.

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