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  • Do You Know HOW to Become one of the New Generation of Non-Profits?

    Jeff Young

    I was reading the following blog article about the “New Generation of Non-Profits on Stanford’s Social Innovation Review and found it very interesting.  (http://bit.ly/e76moG)  (Written by Rosetta Thurman - @rosettathurman)  The point of the article is that a new generation of non-profit organization as well as leadership is being strongly called for.   It clearly identified the more collaborative and network oriented skills that leaders and organizations now need to be successful.  I agree with the author and with all of skills she identifies.

    Whether we work with for-profit or non-profit organizations, we all need to develop these new organization and leadership skills that reach out and develop relationships with others.  It is critical to our continued success.   In fact, I think our choice really is to learn how to become this new generation of organization or be left behind.  Rosetta Thurman’s blog article and the resources it references point out a good start to get a sense of what is needed.

    While identifying what a new generation organization might look like is useful, it doesn’t yet tell you how to move from today’s reality to that new generation organization.  The people I talk to lead me to believe that we all seem to be working too hard being overwhelmed – doing far more than we really can with continually less and less.  How can we possibly figure out how to learn these new skills on top of our existing work just to keep going?   I am currently focusing on exactly this issue in my own work – how we can successfully build a bridge to this next generation of organization.

    My work has led me to a framework I am using with organizations and individuals that does create this bridge to a new generation of non-profit and teaches them how to cross it over time.  The structure of this framework includes the following principles:

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