Which way do you want to jump in when it comes to gearing up your giving? This is one of the design fundamentals for donors.
Answering this question starts with stepping back from the common labels of “funder” and “grantee.” Instead, let’s look at four functionally defined roles for advancing social change. Whatever issue or challenge you are focused on, this post and the worksheet that goes with it will help you understand which of these practical roles you are best positioned to play within the change agent ecosystem.
Stakeholders—this is the broadest category, including any and all people with an interest in the issue in question. For example, everyone living in the Colorado River watershed is a stakeholder when it comes to water conservation and allocation policies.
Entrepreneurs—these are people with an idea AND an operational...
One of the best things you can do to build your joy and your impact as you go after your vision for a better world is to become better friends with your future self. This post shares some ideas for how to get started on this path through the practice of a daily meeting with your future self.
Taking even a few minutes a day to pause and connect your present self and your future self in a dialog is one of the most powerful ways to boost your joy and impact across all the areas of your life!
The "daily priming questions" on the left hand side of this sheet are what I use for my daily meeting with my future self. Download a copy for yourself, and check out the video for more on how to use this sheet. Even if you don't sit down and write out the answers...
Flow is the psychological state when we are at our most creative and productive--made famous by psychological researcher Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi. In flow we get so caught up in the passion of what we are producing that we can lose track of time and what’s going on around us. An hour of creative writing goes by and we hardly notice it. Or we’re on the playing field with our team and time seems to slow down and we know just where the ball is going before it even gets there.
The work we produce in this state is often our best, and also our fastest. But for many of us, flow happens more by accident than on purpose. The good news is that the research points in some very helpful directions to help you get into creative, productive flow...
Communities can give us a sense of purpose and meaning. They can help us tackle challenges that are bigger and more complex than anything we can take on by ourselves. But communities can also break under stress, or lure us into further polarization and extremes. So how can all of us who have a calling to make the world a better place harness the power of communities to be a positive force for change in a world of increasingly existential challenges?
This video explores this question, building on the ideas about anti-fragility we explored in a previous post. Anti-fragility goes beyond resilience--it's about getting even better, even stronger in the face of challenges. The more unstable the world around us seems, the more important it is for all of us with a calling to make the world a better place to lean into our own anti-fragility as individuals, and in the...
We are living through a perfect post-modern storm of our own making. Three recent books have some great insight on this. adrienne maree brown's Emergent Strategy, Steve McIntosh's Developmental Politics and Jamie Wheal's Recapture the Rapture.
There are three intersecting issues that make up this perfect storm.
None of us has a crystal ball, but this post focuses on some questions to ask yourself and others as you navigate your way forward in a world where we will likely have to live with the presence of Covid-19 for the foreseeable future.
If herd immunity is probably out of reach, at least in the immediate future, the path forward seems to be about living in a world in which we transition from pandemic to endemic Covid...We already live in a world in which the flu is endemic. The flu virus is always out there in the world but most of the time it's not spreading rapidly or unpredictably. Most...
So many of us with a calling to make the world a better place see a future that is better and different, but more than we can bring about on our own. So, if there's a change you want to see in the world and many people are not yet embracing that vision, what can you do about it? This post is about field leadership--sharing 5 different ways you can show up to help bring about lasting systems change by positively engaging and influencing others.
An important starting point lies with research on how innovations of all kinds tend to spread across a society. The "innovation adoption curve" shows that there is typically a chasm between innovators and early adopters and everyone else--innovations that truly sweep through a society have to jump that chasm and attract support from the majority.
This post is addressed to social entrepreneurs, but whatever role you play in the ecosystem of philanthropy and social change, if you care about doing philanthropy differently and better, a great leverage point is getting more curious about what's really going on for funders and social entrepreneurs as they engage with each other.
The video begins by walking through a taxonomy of the different kinds of funders--and the different roles that staff and advisors play within the funder world. It goes on to explore frameworks for understanding donor motivations and concludes by sharing a tool for engaging in "powerful conversations" that...
This post is all about cultivating the somatic connection between your mind and your body in your journey of joyful impact. Check out the video and proceed at your pace of grace to cultivate your own intuitive wisdom about what works best for you, your body and your relationship with food.
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These are the same materials we use with the social entrepreneurs in our accelerator program and the funders we coach one on one. The world has never been more in need of a new, greatest generation of change agents and that's why we're opening up free access to these materials to anyone who's ready to make use of them!