In 2011, our board and staff asked, “What are the greatest problems facing humanity?” This simple question set us on a path of exploring complex social and environmental issues, our beliefs about the root causes, and ultimately, an articulation of the role we want to play in solving some of the world’s most complex social problems. We committed to unleashing the power of change agents to create transformational social
One of the things we love most about our work is hearing an audible gasp or “Huh, I never thought of it that way before.” These moments are the sound of disruption, when we know we’ve achieved a breakthrough.
In 2011, we experienced one of these moments at Community Wealth Partners when we asked our team to discuss, “What does it take to solve social problems?” This question led
The sustainability and long-term viability of social change efforts are hardly ensured by their worthiness. Strategic thinking about finances, business strategy, and capacity are critical to sustaining this kind of work. Our experience has shown that change efforts involving multiple stakeholders in a formal collaborative also benefit from adopting a start-up mentality – where financial, human, and social capital are all considered integral to sparking and sustaining healthy growth
Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to travel to Chicago to attend MCON, a dynamic convening of next-generation of leaders and innovators inspiring their peers to take action on movements and causes. In a fortuitous complement to Community Wealth Partners’ recent work on the value of intentional influence, this year’s event focused on exploring influence from four unique yet increasingly interconnected perspectives: media, business, place, and community.
I recently joined a strategic planning meeting for a former client, Miriam’s Kitchen, as a participant. As a strategic planning junkie, the meeting was a dream. At least a dozen times over the course of the meeting, I heard Miriam’s Kitchen team members ask “How would [x potential priority] advance our goal of ending chronic homelessness?” It was if the question was tattooed on someone’s forehead.
That type of
David Brooks’ new book, The Road to Character, has received a lot of press attention because it suggests that there are two distinct life paths we all face. There is the path lined with “résumé virtues,” or those focused on personal brand-building and pursuit of success at all costs. Then there is the path lined with “eulogy virtues,” or those character traits we all want to be remembered for,