All tagged Learned the Hard Way
OK, so the title may be a bit melodramatic, but the experience has been intense (and insightful) so I figured I'd share. TippingBucket is in what's known in aviation as a departure stall.
Whether we’re tucking into a massive slab of steak, turning a misshapen hunk of granite into our generation’s David, or trying to vanquish diarrheal disease in the Central African Republic, the only approach with any hope of success is to consistently “work the edge.”
In most of the countries with the greatest need in our world, social conditions are--shall we say--less than ideal. By giving anything--money, resources, volunteers, even attention--to these countries, are we not somehow complicit in their corruption, their repression, their cruelty?
Should SROI be measured? Good luck with that. Should it be calculated? Perhaps, when it fits. Should it be demonstrated? Whenever possible. Should it be explored? Always.
Perhaps the problem is not so much that we fail, that our efforts fall short of our goals (and the needs of the people we work with). Perhaps the problem is with how we fail.
Apparently, the consensus among the “adults” at the school is that I am a revolutionary, inciting the proletariat to various acts of sedition and generally upsetting the delicate balance of their system. Oops.
One of the greatest strengths any social entrepreneur can build is an ability and commitment to "associate closely" with ALL the sectors; to get beyond the semantics and the status quo and focus on solutions.
Talk to people. Share with them, ask for feedback, let your idea have a life. The chance of someone actually stealing it is a tiny price to pay for what you’ll gain by talking to people about it.