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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

Nonprofit Innovation Toolkits: Methods To Invent, Adopt, and Adapt Ideas to Deliver Better Results

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with methods for facilitating innovation for nonprofits.    It isn’t a matter of facilitation techniques, but process design.     The field of innovation practitioners, whether in corporate labs or working in social good sector, comes with lots of tool kits that offer different ways to help groups think of new ideas and prioritize them.      … Read More

Methods for Facilitating Innovation in Nonprofits

Last month I had the pleasure of taking the Luma Institute Train the Trainers workshop where I got a chance to immerse in practicing  facilitation techniques based on human centered design principles.     The workshop instructor Peter Maher is founder and CEO, of Luma Institute, and a Jedi Master.  … Read More

How to Use Design Thinking Methods to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Strategy and Measurement

Last week, I was lucky enough to participate in a brainstorming meeting at a foundation that was developing a strategy for its digital platforms (web, social, mobile, etc).     The process was facilitated byPeter Maher, founder and CEO, of Luma Institute.  … Read More