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July 30, 2019

I seem to be talking in numbers a lot recently and thought I would share some numbers/percentages that I/we use to guide our decision making in the work that we do. It’s all pretty simple to understand, and not revolutionary, but certainly much harder to put in action and live by. Hope putting it all in one place is helpful. 

51%

Decisions need to be made. You've gotta make them. When you’ve got a tough decision to make, the tendency is to wait until you are really, really sure. When you’re working in a dynamic, uncer...

February 6, 2019

Approximate 7 minute read

Let’s first agree that in designing and executing your social innovation, empathy is foundational and that it’s a verb not a noun. You need to empathize with your constituents, your team members, other stakeholders, and your funders, to name a few. And let’s not miss that they need to empathize with you. Whether you’re using a design thinking or a lean approach for example, it all starts and ends with empathy. It takes 360 degree empathy to achieve success. This is easier said than done and...

February 6, 2019

Quick, what’s the capital of Alabama? Close your eyes, think, don’t look…… Ready? It’s Montgomery. Did you get it? Congratulations. Well done. But, sorry, no prize. No tee shirt that says “Kiss me, I know my capitals”.  This was just a shameless attention grabber. This blog isn’t about learning your state or country capitals. That being said, learning about life and people’s needs and desires in Montgomery would probably be a good thing right now given our recent election. Go visit Montgomery if you haven’t been the...

February 5, 2019

I’ve just used “Jaws” to help drive the insights in my previous post. I’ll shift from the big screen to the small screen now. Let me bring in our good friend George Costanza from “Seinfeld”. I fear I date myself again, but although I’m a “cord cutter” I still get a few channels and Seinfeld still seems to be in rotation.

So what in the heck does good old George have to do with social entrepreneurship? Well, just like Yunus, Gandhi, Dr. King, Maria Montessori, Nelson Mandela, Miguel Brito, Albina Ruiz, Martin Burt, Bi...

February 5, 2019

Okay, this may be a tough post to “Like”. I get it. But here we go….

Economic poverty is vicious. It’s complex. It’s multifaceted. It’s sneaky as hell. It lurks under the surface waiting to bite. At times it may seem that just when you think you’ve helped install a door that helps people escape a life of insufficient resources, another door with no doorknob confronts you.  I say this not to be pessimistic. It is just incredibly important that in our efforts to create social impact, we have a grounded understanding of...

February 5, 2019

Are you a honeybee or a Burmese python in the Florida Everglades? Are you building programs and social innovations that are symbiotic or inadvertently destructive? What kind of relationship is your work creating? Do you know? Everything we do in our work with and for communities creates some kind of a relationship. Nothing is done in isolation. When we intervene we are stepping into an ecosystem and at times even building a new ecosystem.  We’re not landing on the moon in our work, we’re walking into a rainforest wi...

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