The challenges we face with respect to building more affordable housing are complex to state the obvious, and resolving them calls for an integrated set of strategies that go far beyond the actual building of more housing. Here are some of the challenges we need to address: AFFORDABLE HOUSING IS AN ECONOMIC PROBLEM People cannot … Continue reading Affordable Housing is an Economic Problem
Funders should apply to community agencies to fund them. Can you get your head around that? What would that look like? Why would that approach be more impactful and cost-effective than current practice? Would this upside down version of funders foster more partnerships? Would there be a transformative power-shift? One of my favorite upside down … Continue reading Upside Down Thinking: Funders should be Rebels
Collective Impact is multi-sector approach to large-scale collaboration that is authentically inclusive of citizens in its development and implementation - in particular citizens who have life-experience with the big problems or issues being addressed, such as poverty, climate change, family violence, and so many more. Collective Impact is not an approach aimed at creating program … Continue reading About Collective Impact: Types of Problems, Degrees of Change, Learning Loops, and Methods of Thinking
Such a simple question, four small words that get at the core of our community change work. It's not a question confined to a step in a visioning or planning process. It's place is within us, no matter where we are going or if we are standing still. It's not just a question about purpose … Continue reading Why are we here?
Posting #2 in a series on Resource Development See # 1, Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development First, a definition from the Oxford Dictionary: Crowdfunding (a form of crowdsourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, today often performed via Internet-mediated registries, but … Continue reading About Crowd Funding
Posting #1 in a series on Resource Development It's tough out there for non-profits and social causes when it comes to raising money, especially money for core operations and services. All of the seed grants, innovation grants, or target specific project grants are fine and dandy, but the growth in sustainable funding is not growing, … Continue reading Five Elements of Strategic Resource Development
There has been a movement afoot for the past 15 to 20 years that evolved out of a growing dissatisfaction with the charitable sector or more to the point, the Charity Model. Critics of the sector are nothing new, of course. And these criticisms are often based on unproven perceptions (e.g. there are too many … Continue reading Thinking about the Charity Model and Systems Change Debate