By Curtis Ogden (originally published on the IISC blog)
During his presentation at this week’s Council of Foundations Conference for Community Foundations, Monitor Institute’s Gabriel Kasper talked about the need for innovation in community philanthropy. This included a call to examine orthodoxy in our organizations and communities, that is, the behaviors and procedures that we often take for granted with respect to the way we go about our business. This notion of orthodoxy was developed by the innovation firm Doblin and is further outlined in an article in Rotman Magazine. Gabriel then encouraged attendees to, essentially, “steal like an artist.” So in that spirit, I wanted to share the plenary exercise he had participants go through that I am particularly interested in bringing to some of the networks with which I work:
Gabriel had everyone write answers to these questions quickly on cards and then “play” them at their table. The table then voted on the one orthodoxy that the table felt most compelled to challenge.
Any orthodoxies come to mind that you would like to flip?
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