Michael Barnes

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Michael Barnes is founder and CEO of Awakened Innovations, Inc. Awakened Innovations helps nonprofits to save time and money by connecting them with high-quality, vetted, service providers. Previously, Michael has been a business coach; Director of Lab Operations at, Assurex Health (a genetic testing laboratory); and built the Cincinnati Biobank and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Michael’s overarching passion is to help others succeed and fulfill their mission in life.
Currently, there are about 1.5 million 501c3 organizations in the United States with thousands more being created all the time.  There are 8,000-20,000 in the Cincinnati, OH area alone. These nonprofits are started by people with a passion for a...
We have a divide in this country. Depending on your position, you probably think it is a person or group’s fault. And probably a group of which you are not a member. So, it’s the Democrat’s fault says the...
We each live in our own reality. To many, this statement sounds absurd. Of course, we are in the same reality. The world, people and interactions are the same for all of us. But the truth is that we all...
We’ve all heard the adage, “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime” and nonprofits need to keep this in mind as they do their...
Outcomes So, I’ve talked about the fact that nonprofits need to innovate and then talked a little about what innovation is. What would be the outcome from innovation in the nonprofit, or for-purpose space? EDITOR’S NOTE: SEE PART 2 BELOW⤵︎ https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/a-roadmap-to-solving-todays-biggest-challenges-part-2/ One first...
In my last piece, I made the point that nonprofits need to innovate to find better solutions for the problems they are addressing. EDITOR'S NOTE: SEE PART 1 BELOW ⤵︎ https://www.bizcatalyst360.com/a-roadmap-to-solving-todays-biggest-challenges-part-1/ So, what does innovation really mean? I told a friend the other...
In today’s society, norms are changing. Personal boundaries are constantly shifting. And most people think that “their” boundaries are right and everyone else should respect those boundaries. It seems fairly common sense. I always find this topic interesting. I heard...
At this time of year, around Father’s Day, it seems an appropriate time to mention a few challenges that men face these days. Yes, I’ve seen it before. Any man who dares to suggest men are under pressure is...
Many challenges from the past are being solved or reduced, although much remains to be done before we can be satisfied with our progress. Diseases are being cured that were once scourges of humanity, yet medicine has light years...
Language is a fascinating thing. It allows us to share experiences with others who were not around.  It allows us to communicate. And, as we all know from social media, it allows us to miscommunicate faster than ever before! It...
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