I was particularly intrigued by the presentation made by Andrew Wolk, founder of Root Cause and noted social innovator and social entrepreneur. Wolk has a blog that's work checking out, as well.
As I say, Wolk's speech was important and provocative. In it he outlines the characteristics of those innovative non-profit organizations that will be able to survive and achieve high level, social impact. Here they are for your consideration:
- High impact organizaitons measure for continuous improvement. Not for funders, not for data collection alone, not to justify their existence. . .but to improve and constantly.
- High impact organizaitons relinguish control. Turning over power, sharing ideas, not worrying about credit or even funding, and staying true to mission and people--these commitments will characterize such groups.
- High impact organizations build bridges with government and the private sector. Diversification and a willingness to cooperate across traditional dividing lines will be standard operating procedure for these organizations.
- High impact organizations focus on just that, impact, and always over ego.