Logic Model, How Do I <3 Thee?

  At least three times last week I found myself referencing the basic elements of a logic model (aka theory of change). Once, when a colleague and I were discussing what learning to assess among individual participants in community service programs. And then, when introducing our capable intern to the wild world of grant writing. What could our client[…]

On Grant Funding, Alchemy, and the Funk

Posted last week on LinkedIn: I woke up this morning worrying about the kind of funding problem that at some time or other worries all kinds of leaders involved in community building, social service, opportunity, and various kinds of world-fixing and change-making. Grant funding usually carries with it restrictions of use, of timing, of connections, of this and[…]

Look Up Here, Look Up Here

In the university class I’m teaching (workplace writing for social enterprise), some of mystudents are developing business plans or turnaround plans. Students (and harried executives and perhaps also, ambitious founders) tend to rush toward action steps, milestones, and deliverables. But they’ll arrive faster if they start from a calm, reflective, tough-minded place of strategy. When possible,[…]

Time, Rhythm, and Magic

At a breakfast session of emerging social enterprisers last week, or maybe the week before, we guest speakers were asked about time — how do you manage so many competing priorities (presumably, without going crazy, which in my case presumes much). While we could not offer the wished-for answer, Here is the key to a secret stash[…]

Merger Madness

This can be an energizing idea–and right on strategy–for organizations that have been stuck or stagnating for the last few years…but are now confronting the economic crisis today. The idea is energizing because it’s an interesting but tough idea: challenge + opportunity + strategic thinking + openness + hard work=excitement. Because it’s energizing, it is[…]