Like you, we are bombarded with news and opinion every day. Like spaghetti being thrown at a wall, some of sticks, most of it doesn't. We are going to share the stuff that sticks.
Here are the "stickiest" things we read this week.
Ok, the headline got our attention, but the article and podcast are about much more than what we call ourselves. This discussion is about what we are, how we operate, and what we want to be. Bill Drayton asked listeners to a weekly show on New York's WOR 710 News Talk Radio to promise never to use the word “non-profit” again. Asked to discuss today's challenges and changing trends in philanthropy on Denver Frederick’s “Business of Giving” show, Drayton also said:
"A social entrepreneur works on the big systems of society. It's not giving fish or teaching how to fish, it's changing the fishing industry's structure... We need a class of entrepreneurs that are always pulling the world back to the center, back to what's good, especially as change accelerates and you can not assume that the systems are the same as they've always been."
"Today we don't have stable institutional models based on repetition like in the past. We have fluid teams of teams where we are constantly changing who we work with and how. We live in very different organizational environments and if you are not skilled in these areas, you are not in the game: empathy, teamwork, leadership, changemaking."
Not enamored of war in general or war games in particular? Don't let the title put you off! This is one of the few articles we've read recently that gets at how organizations can innovate, not the same mantra about why innovation is important, or, the usual, "Oh! Look at that organization! Isn't it sooo innovative?!" (You know what we're talking about) We get that this is important stuff, but how do we do it? That's the question, right? Curtis Chang lifts up some good ideas and tools that are out there for going through a reinvention process on a shoe string including this insightful golden nugget:
"If you’re feeling frustrated about how difficult change is, take heart: You’ve actually arrived at a key stage in the innovation process. Studies on how people create new models invariably point out that a sense of feeling stymied is a key precursor to breakthrough innovation. As the video below shows, frustration can push leaders to pursue even more radical new ideas."