Leading Boldly Resources
This Leading Boldly Toolbox contains key findings, background information, workshops, case examples and presentations to support ongoing collaborative social innovation. The Toolbox is updated regularly - so check back often for more great resources.
#1 What is Social Innovation?
#2 What is Collaborative Social Innovation?
#3 What is the Process of Collaborative Social Innovation?
#4 What is Prototyping?
#5 What is Reflection-in-Action?
#6 What is the Peer Input Process?
#7 What is Developmental Evaluation?
Cheryl Doherty, CEO, Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary shares her experience as a member of Leading Boldly.
Cheryl explains the Leading Boldly Network
Cheryl explains ideation
Cheryl explains collaborative social innovation
Click on the "U" below to view details of the Leading Boldly Network's process for collaborative social innovation.
United Way's slideshare page is home to presentations from Leading Boldly. Visit slideshare.net/unitedwaycgy or click the following links to access them:
Using Developmental Evaluation to Support Prototyping: A workshop
On social innovation
The following are research and active experimentation in social innovation that inspires our work:
Design Thinking for Social Innovation by Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt, Standford Social Innovation Review Winter 2010
Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcase throughout the world. Business began to embrance this new-ish approach - called design thinking - and nonprofits are begining to adopt it too.
Innovation Obsession Disorder by Daniel Ben-Horin, Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog, April 11 2012
As a counter point to all the enthusiasm about ‘innovation’, this article puts into context the equal importance of propagating good ideas in new environments, arguing that often the problem is not the pace of innovation, but rather the pace of propagation.
Open Book on Social Innovation
"The Open Book on Social Innovation" is over 200 pages long and describes hundreds of methods and tools for innovation being used around the world.
BC Social Innovation Council — Action Plan Recommendations to Maximize Social Innovation in British Columbia, March 2012
The Council was established in January 2011 to make recommendations on how to best maximize social innovation and assist the BC government in seeking new and innovative ways to help BC communities tackle the most intractable social challenges of the day. Linked to this initiative is ‘BCideas’ ‘a community of action, whose success depends on British Columbians to identify, convene and bring forward the best social innovations that the province has to offer.’
Using Emergence to Take Social Innovation to Scale by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze, 2006
“Despite current ads and slogans, the world doesn’t change one person at a time. It changes as networks of relationships form among people who discover they share a common cause and vision of what’s possible.” Margaret Wheatley and her Berkana Institute have been key thinkers and do-ers in this space and this is their proposed theory of change for how local changes can materialize as global systems of influence.
What is a Change Lab/Design Lab? by Frances Westley, Sean Geobey and Kirsten Robinson; Feb 2012.
While the jury is still out on the best method for collaborative social innovation, Change Labs are among the most often cited newer approaches. Change Labs provide a physical and intellectual space designed to encourage and facilitate cooperation and the co-creation of meaningful and innovative solutions to complex problems.
Creating High-Impact Nonprofits, by Heather McLeod Grant & Leslie R. Crutchfield
Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fall 2007
How to scale up the impact of NGOs, based on his experience in doing so with both Habitat for Humanity and in his current role.
Innovative Intelligence - A road map for harnessing creativity - The Globe and Mail, Harvey Schachter
An overview of the book “Innovative Intelligence” by David Weiss as summarized in the Globe and Mail.
This article highlights some of the dynamics of the ‘renewal loop’. It also emphasizes that “success is a process and failure on the way is an opportunity. Successful individuals, groups, and organizations fail well.”
Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
This follow-up on the popular “Collective Impact” article provides updated guidance, including reference to two Calgary examples. The principles/conditions of collective impact share a lot in common with the principles of the constellation network model we have been discussing.
David Whyte – Life at the Frontier: The Conversational Nature of Reality (part of TEDx Puget Sound on the theme of Dream out Loud: Transform Ideas into Action; 19 minutes)
Poet and management consultant David Whyte asks “how to live at the ‘live edge,’ at the frontier?” He suggests that we change the world by meeting it, by beginning a conversation, by our attentive presence and listening and argues that this is the sort of leadership most required to create the future we want.
On Not Letting a Crisis Go to Waste: An Innovation Agenda for Canada's Community Sector, by Tim Brodhead, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Brodhead argues that we are in a period of transformation and should not expect a return to business as usual when present financial strains ease. Governments, business, and the rich diversity of community organizations will have to collaborate to address the large-scale challenges facing us. While the sector contains many highly innovative organizations and individuals, the price they pay in terms of burnout, frustration, and initiatives curtailed before they can demonstrate proof of concept is unacceptably high. By unleashing opportunities to act in common and unleashing commitment to innovate, collaborate and celebrate, the community sector will be in a better position to demonstrate enduring value.
Intentional Innovation: How Getting More Systematic about Innovation Could Improve Philanthropy and Increase Social Impact
W.K. Kellogg Foundation launched an investigation, in partnership with the Monitor Institute, into innovation in philanthropy. What would it mean for philanthropy and the social sector to develop and manage innovation more systematically? How can you nurture and promote innovation in philanthropy? How can you get innovation to happen more reliably? While aimed at funders, the article outlines a helpful framework for thinking about innovation in philanthropy, opportunities and roles in the innovation process. Their research leads to a simple, but important insight: being deliberate about innovation can ultimately produce more and better ideas for positive social change.
The following are research on networks that inspires our work:
Networking a City by Marianne Hughes & Didi Goldenhar, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2012
In Boston (2004) it was recognized that the pressure to compete for limited resources often pitted the city’s nonprofit leaders against one another. In the face of this, the Barrs Fellows Network was initiated based on the hypothesis that by recognizing talented leaders and connecting them in meaningful ways, a more collaborative culture might emerge. Eight years and 48 fellows later, this article reflects on what they have learned and what has been achieved.
Leadership and Networks: A Preliminary Framework
A useful primer on how leadership within networks is different and what the benefits may be.
Catalyzing Networks for Social Change
The article provides a network lens on grant making, a better understanding of work funders are already doing to catalyze networks, and new opportunities for harnessing network potential. The article also outlines what it means to work with a network mindset, how to cultivate networks, and assessing and learning about network impact.