The 7th and 8th thinking hats

The ‘six thinking hats’ promoted by Dr Edward deBono will be familiar to most people, along with the concept that governing boards should make use of these to explore the full range of perspectives when making significant strategic or policy decisions. This post suggests that some other thinking hats may warrant consideration, but first let’s… Continue reading The 7th and 8th thinking hats

Social license to operate an NFP entity

While The Age article by Louise White ‘CSIRO is tackling corporate trust issue, starting with mining‘ (18/6) is mainly about how mining companies can more effectively engage with communities affected by their proposed developments, it spurred me to have another look at the concept of the ‘social license to operate’ (SLO) as it applies to… Continue reading Social license to operate an NFP entity

AICD’s report card on national reform says “we must do better”

“… if our business sector faced the same red tape and regulatory burden as our charities and NFPs continue to endure, there would be uproar.” So said AICD Managing Director & CEO Angus Armour when releasing the AICD report card marking progress towards achieving national reforms recommended in the AICD’s 2017 Blueprint for National Reform.… Continue reading AICD’s report card on national reform says “we must do better”

IT Governance (and cyber-risk) in your governance framework – Part 2

It is more evident than ever before that information technologies are essential enablers of almost all strategic and operational activities undertaken by associations and charities.  Equally, we must now acknowledge that cyber-risks and cybersecurity concerns present as significant risks for not-for-profit entities. Recognising this, the importance of addressing IT governance and risk management within your… Continue reading IT Governance (and cyber-risk) in your governance framework – Part 2

Should we make a submission?

Not-for-profit organisations often have opportunities to make submissions in response to inquiries and reviews, and many spend considerable effort in preparing and lodging responses to these. The question of whether to make a submission may best be addressed by reference to a few principles, framed as simple questions. We can learn from the Tasmanian Government… Continue reading Should we make a submission?

Advocacy Campaign Planning Checkup

Does your association or charity have an advocacy issue that needs a campaign plan?  If so, you may find the checklist below of some assistance.  Alternatively, you may already be involved in a campaign and looking for ways to enhance your plans. Short-term and simple advocacy goals may not warrant a campaign plan, although achievement… Continue reading Advocacy Campaign Planning Checkup

Lobbying and advocacy in the spotlight

Most associations and charities are represented by their senior leaders rather than ex-politicians within professional lobbying firms, and so the code of conduct may not apply directly to your organisation, however, it would be prudent to monitor the debate on the revised code to see what implications may arise for your advocacy work.