Archive for Leading Boldly

Follow-up: Grantmaking and Intuition

I trust everyone had a fun and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Last week I posted a blog entitled A Few Reflections on Grantmaking and Intuition (05/20/14). Pulling from work by cognitive scientist turned political commentator George Lakoff, I suggested that conservatives tend to use direct cause and effect thinking to address and solve social problems […]

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Let’s Talk About “Changing Systems” Systematically (part II of II)

As promised at the end of part I, we’ll begin part II by asking, “What good are systems levels, especially organic systems levels?” Well, lets take an example from philanthropy. Consider this oft cited example (which apparently comes from Lao Tzu—thank you Robert Hall): Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day […]

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TRUER WORDS: Evolution Is Blind But Fiercely Focused

As I have written and blogged about many times, our Foundation was (and continues to be) greatly influenced by an article that appeared in the Winter 2004 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR). The article is entitled Leading Boldly: Foundations Can Move Past Traditional Approaches To Create Social Change Through Imaginative—And Even Controversial—Leadership. […]

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Association of Small Foundations (ASF) “Adapts” With New WordPress Blog

It’s WWII. Bombs are dropping on cities in the UK. The British government decides to implement a public health policy. Children (and some adults) living in the cities would be evacuated to the countryside. Where possible children would be evacuated to family members: aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. If need be they would be evacuated to […]

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