How many people can I connect with, really? (Dunbar + friends?)

If you’ve read any network theory, you’re probably familiar with Dunbar’s Number, or the idea that groups tend to fall off quickly in effectiveness and cohesiveness once they exceed approximately 150. The finding came from some anthropological research originally, and leading companies such as W.L. Gore have used Dunbar’s number as the ceiling for work…

Hating pledge drives, and how to make fundraising efforts more flexible

I hate pledge drives. The thought of being contacted to give money to an organization, even one that I normally support, makes me uneasy. But I am happy to raise money for organizations I support and like the idea of competing against others towards a goal. To maximize their ability to raise money, organizations should…