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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

Social Media, Networks, and Data in Patient Healthcare Networks

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Last week, I had the honor of participating on a keynote panel at Celgene Corporation’s Patient Partners annual meeting ahead of the ASCO Conference (ASCO is a professional oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention and delivery of high-quality patient care).  … Read More

What If Your Fitbit Could Also Track Your Environmental Footprint?

Yesterday, I participated in two seemingly unrelated events that generated that question.    Fitbit and fitness/health apps offer many benefits — they help us become more aware of our healthy habits by measuring and producing data.… 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

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