Stay Inspired with MiracleFeet’s Summer Resource Guide

What inspires people who work in the nonprofit sector? For many, the desire to help solve global problems, cultivate connection and community, and share knowledge and resources drives us in our daily work.

We all have our own ways of staying engaged, inspired, and keeping up with industry trends. If you work in nonprofits (and even if you don’t!), here are a few of the resources MiracleFeet staff members recommend.

Blogs:

Enjoy reading about global health and international development? Check out NPR’s Goats and Soda which takes a storytelling-focused approach to the large issues facing the world. If you’re looking for something more advanced, try Chris Blattman’s blog, which is filled with plenty of material to satisfy the data-driven nonprofit expert.

And even if you don’t use social media as part of your job, you almost certainly use it in your personal life. Social Media Today is a one-stop resource for a wide variety of topics, from the ideal picture sizes for each major platform to articles about industry trends.

Podcasts:

If you’re interested in ideas for improving your organization’s communications strategy and impact, give The Smart Communications Podcast a listen. It dives into topics relevant for many nonprofits, from using photos more effectively to raising awareness of your cause.

It’s common for many in the nonprofit sector to experience burnout. If you’re running low on inspiration or just looking for a different viewpoint, both Akimbo: A Podcast from Seth Godin and Give and Take explore culture, authenticity, and human interest stories.

And of course, as a global health organization, health and development podcasts make the list. Take as Directed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and The CGD Podcast by the Center for Global Development are two staff favorites.

Books:

From longer reads on industry trends to nonfiction works highlighting life throughout the world, here’s a list of what’s on our bookshelves.

How to Read Nonprofit Financial Statements: A Practical Guide, by Andrew S. Lang

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, by Dayo Olopade

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

Development as Freedom, by Amartya Sen

The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, by Jonathan Katz

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, by William Kamkwamba

Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Magazines:

For staying informed about trends in healthcare, technology, and international development, these publications are the top picks from Executive Director Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld.

The Economist

Inside Philanthropy

Harvard Business Review

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Just for fun:

Finally, because we value work/life balance and recognize the need to find beauty, humor, and even a little bit of escape, here are a few picks from our staff that can help you unwind.

For movie lovers, the podcast Unspooled goes behind the scenes of classic films, while The Rewatchables dives into movies (mostly) from the past several decades.

The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things to Remember, is the perfect read for those times when you need a bit of down-to-earth, uncomplicated advice from one of America’s most beloved television personalities.

Instagram account Everyday Africa compiles submissions from photographers across the continent. The account depicts a wide variety of material: art, fashion, nature, and snapshots of daily life.

We hope this gave you a few new ideas! What are you reading and listening to?