• National Community Health Improvement Week

    National Community Health Improvement Week

    Posted Thursday, June 9, 2016 by Scott Good

    I’m always suspicious about new holidays and other ceremonial days or weeks. I made an exception to this one, though. June 5-11 is National Community Health Improvement Week. I do not think that it was initiated by greeting card companies or retailers. Community Health Improvement Week serves as a ...

  • "i" before "e"

    "i" before "e"

    Posted Thursday, June 2, 2016 by Beth Austin

    “I had dinner with my introvert friend last weekend,” my extraverted colleague said to me. “As usual, I spoke, on average, about 10 words to his one throughout the conversation,” he continued. “So, just like talking to you. Right?”

    As a definitive introvert, I thought about how to respond to ...

  • The Allure of the Paid Staffer:  Small Non-profits with Big Dreams

    The Allure of the Paid Staffer: Small Non-profits with Big Dreams

    Posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 by Nate Bae Kupel

    Over the years I've had the pleasure of serving on board of directors and working with a number of small non-profits with big dreams but small budgets.  For most of these small organizations, the board of directors also provide staff functions as volunteers, e.g. HR, IT support, and ...

  • The Great Strategic Plan

    The Great Strategic Plan

    Posted Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Beth Austin

    To begin with, I’m not sure what the statute of limitations is on revealing the ending of a book. On the off chance that 90 years does not satisfy it, consider this your spoiler alert.

    I recently re-read F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. One of my favorite ...

  • Inspiration in Healthcare

    Inspiration in Healthcare

    Posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 by Scott Good

    It’s inspiring to see the way that some healthcare providers and – even some government leaders – are positively changing healthcare. A few recent observations underscore the point.

    During lunch with an old friend I heard a story that demonstrates the potential influence of a single idea and person. Veterans’ healthcare ...

  • Artificial Intelligence and Drones for Christmas

    Artificial Intelligence and Drones for Christmas

    Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2015 by Jim Kupel

    You don’t have to be a fan of cheesy action movies to be concerned about artificial intelligence. Sure, this year’s crop like Ex Machina[1] and Terminator Genisys[2] probably won’t be in the Oscars, but even super-intelligent movie-goers like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Steve Wozniak ...

  • Running for Better Community Health Needs Assessments

    Running for Better Community Health Needs Assessments

    Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Scott Good

    A few months ago, I took part in a marathon co-sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project® and another organization. The purpose of the event was to remember those who sacrificed for our country – especially those from the Bataan Death March (Philippines / World War II). As a long-distance runner, I often ...

  • Changing Leaves, Changing Names

    Changing Leaves, Changing Names

    Posted Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by Kate Guare

    Pumpkin spiced lattés, warm apple crisp, the return of sweater weather… these are just three of the reasons why fall is my favorite season.

    There are lots of things about this time of year that signify transition to me. When September rolls around, it’s back-to-school time. Even though ...

  • Beyond the Dust of This Planet

    Beyond the Dust of This Planet

    Posted Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by Jim Kupel

    A recent trip to Tokyo reminded me that getting outside of one’s country is one of the best ways to improve our understanding of it. 

    With the backdrop of being in a densely populated city, on an island, amid global climate change with a volcano erupting, I could have ...

  • The Industrial Maginot Line and Lessons from Gordon Gekko

    The Industrial Maginot Line and Lessons from Gordon Gekko

    Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by Scott Good

    I have been on a plane an inordinate amount of time this summer. Typically I don’t travel too much, but the past six to eight months, I think I’ve spent more time in a jet seat than my living room sofa. It has been a mixed blessing in ...

  • Is It Time to Reboot Your System?

    Is It Time to Reboot Your System?

    Posted Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by Beth Austin

    I recently had dinner with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while. During the conversation he asked me what I had done over the summer. I had to think about it for a moment.  I finally replied, “I ran.”

    I was a little surprised at my response ...

  • Why I'm Breaking Up With My Desk Chair

    Why I'm Breaking Up With My Desk Chair

    Posted Thursday, August 21, 2014 by Kate Guare

    One of the perks of working in downtown Portland is having lots of great places to walk and explore. Unfortunately – despite my best intentions – I’ve spent the majority of my time this summer getting acquainted with my desk chair.

    My job (like many of others out there) requires me ...

  • Bread upon the Waters

    Bread upon the Waters

    Posted Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by Scott Good

    A friend of mine is a community development emissary and his wife is a nurse in Liberia - not the best place in the world to be right now given the Ebola virus outbreak. When I talked with him recently he described in detail the widespread death and how everything is ...

  • Replacing Mr. Information

    Replacing Mr. Information

    Posted Tuesday, August 5, 2014 by Jim Kupel

    There’s a guy I know whose friends used to call him Mr. Information. Naturally curious, an intellectual omnivore and some would say a storehouse of factoids. Great to have on trivia team, Mr. Information could be called for a quick answer to most any question.

    I thought of Mr ...

  • Not Quite Anywhere

    Not Quite Anywhere

    Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014 by Beth Austin

    My grandmother recently went into hospice care. At 94, she has lived a longer, richer life than probably most of us will ever hope to. Given the nature of our work, end of life care is not a topic I’m unfamiliar with. Initially, I spent a lot of time ...

  • Putting the “Social” Back in Social Media

    Putting the “Social” Back in Social Media

    Posted Wednesday, July 23, 2014 by Kate Guare

    The average smartphone user checks Facebook 14 times a day. That boils down to a half hour spent scrolling the Newsfeed for your friends’ status updates. And that’s just Facebook. What about the time we spend Instagramming, tweeting, and pinning? As we spend more and more time in front ...

  • Event Horizon, Healthcare Wikis and Long Term Care in America

    Event Horizon, Healthcare Wikis and Long Term Care in America

    Posted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Jim Kupel

    Before we struggle with aging and the event horizon, it is important to have a talk about wikis and acknowledging other's great ideas. It is plagiarism to draw extensively from another's work without giving proper credit. This ethic is increasingly important in the digital age when it is ...

  • Beyond The Zero Sum Game

    Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Jim Kupel

    Competitive advantage came up in a call last week with a colleague who has been building large successful software projects. I agreed that we want our approach to "win" in the marketplace, but pointed out that in this segment there is room for more than one approach.  He seemed taken ...

  • When Rules Get in the Way of Good Time

    Posted Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Scott Good

    The healthcare environment is changing rapidly and compelling good people at great community service and healthcare organizations to collaborate. For instance, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is working with several programs across the U.S. to develop and implement Triple Aim goals to improve community health, enhance patient experiences ...

  • How to Get Started with Instagram: Lessons Learned from the Maine State Ballet

    Posted Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by Kate Guare

    For my very first Crescendo blog post, I'm excited to write about two things that are very close to my heart: ballet and Instagram. It might sound like an odd combination... but trust me, they're more alike than you think.

    I started dancing with the Maine State Ballet ...