RESUS on Social Good

Thoughts on the emerging field of social impact.

Why Should You Care?

Everyone has their own idea of what “social impact” or “social good” is or how it should be done.  It’s even arguable whether it’s a new “field” or not.  Rather than immediately creating labels for it, we believe in keeping it open to new frameworks.  We want to spark a dialogue about the how social impact should or should not be defined, how it’s being practiced, or if it should simply be an inherent part of how we operate rather than a discipline.  The only thing we know is that it continues to evolve.

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business model canvas for social good

Sun, Dec 18, 2016

The first time I saw the business model canvas, I dismissed it.  But using it in a very specific way can reveal the often sidestepped user research, unvalidated ideas, and the focused slicing needed for social projects and nonprofits notorious for trying to take on too much.

what is your tool?

Sun, Dec 11, 2016

I’ve spent years trying to better explain “what I do” to strangers.  Only recently have I come up with a short and sweet phrase: “kind of like planning but at the community level.”  People finally seem satisfied when I say these this.

Next System Essay Context

Tue, Dec 06, 2016

We need more people to reflect on this.  Due December, 31, 2016. National Essay Competition on the Next System

big problems are not better than small ones

Sun, Dec 04, 2016

In the context of systems-thinking, it’s easy assume we don’t care about short-term problems.  But problems – both big and small – need to be addressed simultaneously and constantly.

working at an intersection

Sun, Nov 27, 2016

Singular professions will always exist, but they don’t become meaningful until they are crossed with personal passions.  We are living in an exciting era of intersecting disciplines.

a problem with “first world problems”

Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Something has always rubbed me the wrong way with the phrase “first world problems” and I could never explain why.  Now, I think the answer lies in understanding complaints, critique and shaming others to be humble, whether you truly are or not.