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Humanist Archives: May 7, 2020, 8:59 a.m. Humanist 34.5 - begging & learning

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        Date: 2020-05-05 14:52:30+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: Learning to Beg | Begging to Learn


I have been practising with delimiters in subject headers in email. I have a
director who really wants people to manage the subject line (change the subject
when the conversation veers into another direction). I like to keep bits of
history alive. So my favourite delimiter was the angled bracket.

        tangent < subject

I found that three to four of these is the max. After that it reads like a
biblical begat.

I also have been getting reacquainted with Unix and have incorporated the pipe
sign in delimiting some subjects

        Eclairs | Food | Baked Goods

        Goal Displacement | Problem Displacement

        Day of Tweets | Year of Treats

Very useful for assigning multiple subjects to one message.

And so with delimiters in mind, I revisited the lowly comma

        No, more pipelines

And behold I discovered a technical term from the world of philanthropy:
prospect pipelines. With a Canadian twist:

Let’s start with a definition – what exactly do we mean when we say prospect
pipeline? Simply put, the prospect pipeline places cohorts of prospects at
different stages of the development cycle (identification, cultivation,
solicitation, stewardship) and then measures their progress as they move from an
unqualified lead to a donor.

Philanthropic Trends Quarterly, 2011, Issue 1 [1]

I have in mind all the micro-donating that can build goodwill and support for a

Signs of a healthy pipeline:

1. Active prospects at all gift levels.
2. Active prospects at all stages of the development cycle (identification,
cultivation, solicitation and stewardship).
3. Mechanisms to feed new prospects into the pipeline.
4. Means for measuring progress.
5. Access to good data.

I foresee much discussion of the etiquette of panhandling [2].

More pipelines, yes?!

[1] https://kciphilanthropy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2011_Q1_KCI-
[2] https://berneval.hcommons.org/2013/02/14/good-technique-pays/

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François Lachance
Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

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