Saturday, September 26, 2009

2010: what matters. Your answers

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Last week I asked this question, on this blog and on twitter:
“What trend, change, entity, or idea will matter most to the social sector in 2010?”
Here are your answers. Thanks for sending them in. Please keep them coming and as I start to see patterns - or as you do - we'll look into those. I will be publishing a monograph on Philanthropic Futures: 2010 and your answers are key insights for that (as well as all my work and writing.) Back in the day, Tom Sawyer famously used his friends to get out of doing his own work. Today we call this "crowdsourcing." I call it listening to your wisdom. And I Thank you.

"Impact of and response to economic recovery (slowness or lack thereof) and the inherent unintended consequences" @mmorino, @vppartners

"The closing doors of npos due a.k.a. the final wave of impact from the recession and the "new normal" that will emerge" @ChangeEvnglst

"the thing most essentially in need of change is investor mindset. the space between giving and investing real, but needs more people" @Kevindoylejones

"Maximize social return on assets nonprofits already have ($, people, knowledge)" @IdeaEncore

the institution as we know it is dead. Collaboration between/within orgs will create REAL change." @ntenhross

Accountability and transparency. Social Impact as a currency." @Conches

Foundations as Social Impact Knowledge Brokers” Sean Stannard Stockton

"Movements, 4 all kinds of issues & sectors - movements any org can join, & any1 can be a part of + more sustained than campaigns" @EngageJoe

" challenges of scaling up m-interventions (biz models), tensions with new collab tools and old org forms, coping w prolongd recessn" @jranck

"the role of movement-building in philanthropy and the social sector" @ChangeEvnglst

foundations leveraging unrestricted funds to "challenge" people to engage in philanthropy (s.a. comm. fdn match days trendng upwrd.)" @ChangeEvnglst

"...the necessity for everyone in our philanthropic community to create an expectation that private foundations do more than is legally required of them." Aaron Dorfman

"Institution dead - the Illusion of institution boundaries crumbling - collaboration proves more useful" @amycarolwolff, @nurturegirl

Creative disruption, multi-sector strategies, measuring results, social media, transparency, public sector, survival" @vppartners

X-sector collaboration, networks+co-creation, systems change, adaptation, local/design-driven solutions, X-media" @lksriv

downturn limits money not expertise; funders recast as social fund managers; growth of managed peer-to-peer funds." @alexsteer

" Leverage and Syndication, Convergence, and Platform Innovation" Roy Alston

proliferation. Significantly more orgs, people, roles, issues. Social sector reach/impact/actors proliferating on all fronts" @CDegger

libertarians en masse finally figure out how to channel all their anti-govt angst into out of box for-profit social innovation" @atomiota

2010 social sector idea? from sustainability to thrivability. now: 1 + 1 < 1 =" 2,"> 2" @valdiskrebs, @kevindoylejones

wld love to say thrivability - catalyzing resource sharing and solution-focus. But th.." @Yearof2010

Program-Related Investments? L3C's?" @artfulmanager, @SeattleDrury

Having a vision for significant Community Change guide all work within all aspects of all orgs" @HildyGottlieb

These are great. If I missed a tweet or an email or a blog post that you put out there, I apologies - please ping me again and I'll get it on this list.

Folks are clearly focused on multi-, cross-, or collaborative - work, new institutional forms, value of knowledge (Anyone remember my 2000 article with Kendall Guthrie, now at The Gates Foundation, on knowledge as the asset that matters ?!), the economy, and thrivability.

Thanks for sharing these - please keep thinking about and sharing it with others. Please continue to send me your answers via twitter @p2173, email, or in the comments below.

1 comment:

Nell Edgington said...

I think the way philanthropists want to invest in nonprofits and how nonprofits demonstrate social return will change in 2010, read more on the Social Velocity blog: