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Using Design Thinking for A Foundation’s Investment Strategy


Grantees, Experts, and Partners at the end of the Brainerd Foundation’s 21st Century Advocacy Design Lab

What if a funder got real-time input from its grantees and other partners to develop its investment strategy?  What if they used a design thinking process to not only get feedback from grantees but as a way to develop a more agile way of working?   … Read More

Measuring the Impact of Your Nonprofit Program

A few months ago, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub.  The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact.      … Read More

Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

Last week, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub.  The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact.      The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping.… Read More

Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.)

The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to change to create more impact, and come up with some prototypes.  … Read More

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.  … Read More