- Cover Story: Opportunities for Associations Following the Arab Spring
By: Samantha Whitehorne A year after the Arab Spring, emerging democracies in the Middle East and North Africa are reshaping their governments and building new economies. Associations have a historic opportunity to export their model of self-regulation to support freedom and economic growth in the region—while benefitting association communities both here and abroad. (Titled "A Moment for Action" in the print edition.)
- Let Your Freak Flag Fly
By: Joe Gerstandt Our buttoned-up office cultures are stifling the diversity, creativity, and passion that are necessary for an association to innovate and excel. It's time for you to stop holding back and to start bringing your whole self to your work, and it's a leader's job to make sure everyone else can, too. It's time to let your freak flag fly.
- What's Next for Strategic Planning
By: Facilitated by Andrew S. Lang, FASAE Is strategic planning dead, or is it just evolving? Associations Now gathered five experts to discuss what smart, future-focused plans look like and how to get boards to support them. (Titled "The Future of Planning for the Future" in the print edition.)
- Making Tradeshow Connections
By: Jacqui Cook When your exhibitors and attendees make productive business connections at your event, you keep them coming back. Here's how one association used high-tech tools to make those connections happen. (Titled "Tradeshow Speed Dating" in the print edition.
- 6 Key Steps to Better Advocacy
By: Bryan Ochalla On Capitol Hill and in statehouses around the country, lawmakers are bombarded with messages from individuals and groups trying to influence their legislative decisions. Will they hear yours? They will if you take a smart approach that cuts through all the noise.
- Open to Interpretation
By: Mark Athitakis Translation is an essential part of the work of a global association. But who does the translating? How do you check translations for accuracy? And how do you decide what to translate in the first place? Three associations show how they get their international members speaking the same language.
- The Mistake of Not Admitting Mistakes
By: Wm. Patrick Nichols Leaders must be models of trust and humility, and a leader who can admit his or her own mistakes will set an example for colleagues to follow.
- Dinner and Community Building, All in One
By: Joe Rominiecki At their three-day annual meeting, Net Impact organizes "no-host" group dinners, where each group is assigned a discussion topic so the attendees can choose a table according to their interests.
- Cautious Optimism in a Recovery
Association CEOs and members make predictions for 2012 in two recent ASAE Foundation economy surveys.
- Global Evolution Produces Association's First Non-U.S. President
By: Jeff Waddle How ASIS International's efforts to nurture leaders from abroad put a Dutch president at the helm.
- Why You Need an Investment Policy Statement
By: Gregory S. Jacobs and Russell J. Boehner Draft an IPS to demonstrate that your 401(k) plan sponsor is making prudent investment decisions.
- Upgrade Your Volunteer Board Experience
By: Kristin Clarke Three ways to get the most from your board service.
- The Favorites Game: Leadership Development 2.0
By: Kristin Clarke Women's Foodservice Forum CEO Fritzi Woods on her favorite professional risk, business icon, and more.
- Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Insurance Coverage?
By: Lou Novick Six questions to check your knowledge—and correct misconceptions—about your insurance policies.
- Hard Numbers: Governance
A look at key data on governance.
- Get Strategic With Your Technology
By: Samantha Whitehorne The Snow and Ice Management Association aligned its tech strategy with its overall mission to better serve members.
- CEO to CEO: Low-Cost Operation Tips and Best Constructive Criticism
Low-cost approaches to address association needs and great constructive criticism from staff.
- As Economy Revives, Nonprofits Need Better Workforce Planning
By: Patty Hampton A new survey looks at the recruiting challenges nonprofits face.
- ASAE Foundation Study Delves Into the Future of Tradeshows
By: Rohit Verma The latest on the research partnership between the ASAE Foundation and the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research.