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  • Tom Peterson’s new book: Want to Change the World? Accelerate Your Nonprofit or Cause September 6, 2022
        New book from Tom Peterson Stakeholder Press $16.99   Click HERE to Order   Democracy at risk. Last chance to save the world. Enormous gap between the ultra-rich and billions of struggling people. Huge needs in every community. In Want to Change the World Tom Peterson celebrates the giant Movement that is taking on […]
  • People of Heart August 5, 2019
          By Tom Peterson Just as our most-important muscle, the heart, pumps oxygen and nutrients to the cells in our body, another heart supplies life to our communities. You see this heart in what a people do, especially how they treat others. Acts of heart are often unnoticed: speaking kind words to a lonely […]
  • Can 26 lead soldiers conquer the world? July 14, 2019
      “Give me twenty-six lead soldiers and I will conquer the world.”   By Tom Peterson What is the most powerful human force? Some say it’s reason, some say love, some say cooperation. They all depend on communication. So does your cause. Having a great message is not enough, you also need a way to […]
  • The Power of Stories July 11, 2019
              By Tom Peterson Storytelling is an ancient art. It’s what makes us human. And stories are the building blocks of culture. Because they speak to our emotions they are the heart of an effective message. They resonate. Get to know the power of stories. They can move the rest of […]
  • Marketing Mix: the 4 P’s June 20, 2019
            By Tom Peterson Not too long ago many nonprofits looked askance at the idea of marketing. In the mid-nineties, an organization I worked with was raising about $3 million a year from what we would today call marketing. Some colleagues—particularly Michael Cervino, who had helped grow Habitat for Humanity—and I had […]
  • Positive deviance can reveal extraordinary solutions June 5, 2019
                  By Tom Peterson Maybe there are a few oddballs doing something right. And maybe they can point the way for the rest of us. In facing a tough social challenge positive deviance tells us to look for any outliers who may be like everyone else but who found […]
  • This campaign to save a library in Troy, Michigan May 23, 2019
        The post This campaign to save a library in Troy, Michigan appeared first on Thunderhead Works.
  • Find and keep talent, avoid “normal” people March 6, 2019
    By Tom Peterson If you happen to be in a role of hiring staff, key volunteers or outside vendors consider that every position you get is a precious gift. A cause’s most valuable asset is its collection of people, so a leader’s top job is find and keep the most insanely talented folks possible. Most […]
  • What Insanity? The Urgency of World Change February 18, 2019
    By Tom Peterson Every year Oxfam reports on the massive gap between the world’s super-rich and the poor. In 2017 the report named just eight men—Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega, Warren Buffett, Carlos Slim Helu, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Ellison, and Michael Bloomberg—who have more wealth than the poorest half of people on earth. Some […]
  • The many hats of world changers February 10, 2019
      By Tom Peterson Do you see yourself in here? You are needed. No matter who you are you have some gifts, some talents, some skills to lend to some cause. Look for yourself in the following list: The one with ideas, with creativity. The one who can borrow an idea they saw somewhere else. […]