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Aloha kakahiaka.  It’s a wonderful Monday morning (spring break!), and despite the rather long task list for today, we have some cool work to do today.  We’re meeting with some charter school folks today, following up on a wonderful future of education discussion we facilitated in January, and possible people who can contribute some exciting ideas to this year’s Summit.  We’re also polishing a presentation for another client for a seminar next month, and that has helped us get back to organizing some of the company’s original products, such as scenarios about Hawai’i’s future and more artful and more useful ways to approach planning and strategy.  And speaking of which, we’re still working on the future of nonprofits project, and the base scenario should shape up nicely this week.  For those interested, we’re going to be talking about the things nonprofits in Hawai’i need to fix in order to better fulfill their mission on one of the forums on SummitNet.

Think about tomorrow.

Filed under: Hawai'i, Nonprofit, scenarios, Strategy, Summit

Thinking like nature

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!  I haven’t posted the last couple of days just because the pace has picked up, and I didn’t have a good chance to sit down and write something coherent.  But it’s Saturday morning and while I’m contemplating the household chores that need to be done, I’m also mapping out the afternoon work that has to be finished, so it’s a good time to post a note.

Our nonprofit scenario project has some interesting concepts to wrestle with, largely around the idea of organizational and service innovation, with each linked quite explicitly to the challenge of acquiring the resources necessary to accomplish a mission in a time of severe budget reductions and funding loss.  I think we’re finding that it’s certainly not impossible to identify and acquire the resources that a local nonprofit needs, but that it does require some serious organizational soul-searching and some tough questions about clients, organizational ego, and a healthy dose of foresight.  The kind of innovative thinking that can find and align resources with the activities that produce outcomes is truly ‘out-of-the-box’, as in “don’t assume that Hawai’i needs another 50c(c)3 to add to the current list of like 7500 that are out there.”  If you’re really client-focused and mission-driven, then you should not assume that a traditional corporate nonprofit is the necessary vehicle for effecting social change.  Just one of the realizations emerging from the project.

This past week we also started discussions with another group about taking a serious big-picture look at the current and future healthcare system in Hawai’i, in all its illogical glory.  It looks like we’ll be having some prelimary discussions soon on additional local stakeholders, concrete outputs, and a timeframe.  Despite the current media focus on daily economic crisis reports, there are other major systems, such as healthcare, which are in serious need of structural change and strategic innovation.

And we came across an article on how a Duke University ecologist has been organizing discussions using ecosystems and adaptive organisms as models for analyzing issues like homeland security.  The professor, Rafe Sagarin, also co-edited a volume entitled: Natural Security: a Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World.

Think about tomorrow.

Filed under: Nonprofit, scenarios, Security,

Friday’s accomplishment challenge

Happy Friday, everyone.  While today was originally supposed to be a relatively quiet day and good for writing and productivity, it looks like we’re going to be a little more challenged in getting things done.  We’ve got some meetings now this morning, and so this afternoon looks to be a race across some strategy documentation for one of the nonprofits, some basic decisions on the civic media project, and tying down some questions with our Energy Working Group and future clients.

In the meantime, we still are working on completing the Hawai’i Futures Index and the original Energy Narrative.  These should be out soon, and I know some of you will find them very interesting.  And we have gotten the nonprofit future project officially rolling, so work on that has now begun.  Yeah!

Think about tomorrow.

Filed under: Civic Media, Energy, Nonprofit, scenarios

Managing the Flood

Good morning, everyone.  Last night we had a very good conversation on the future of education in the state, and I think some of the ideas that went around the room have a reasonable chance of getting a higher profile in the current discourse.  And thankfully, while there are serious obstacles to systemic improvement, just about everyone present seemed to genuinely want to see changes and improvements, and they seem committed to working on implementing them.  Interestingly, nothing truly radical (at least from a futurist’s perspective) in the ‘fixes’; structural changes to be sure, but apparently nothing that isn’t already heard in education and reform circles.  If anyone has any suggestions for concrete changes in our local educational system (explicitly linked to producing the kind of citizens that we want), we’d be happy to through them on the wall for future discussions.

And in line with some of our later conversations from last night, here’s an upbeat video about managing tasks and information, something we’re all struggling to do everyday.

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Today, we’re launching the first part of the ‘nonprofit future’ project, and we’ll be conducting our initial working session this afternoon and likely coming up with both cool ideas to consider as well as scoping the focus of the exploration; it will definitely deal with the operational life and reality of local Hawai’i nonprofits.

Think about tomorrow.

Filed under: Education, Nonprofit, scenarios

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