In the open-minded work environment of the Liberty Hill Foundation, a Los Angeles County social justice organization, even workaday staff meetings are imaginative. Ideas often pop and fly “like popcorn, says Torie Osborn, the organization’s executive director. Osborn attributes the group’s ability to perceive new challenges and reframe old ones to the organization’s long-standing traditions of camaraderie and communication. What she calls “management by adhocracy, instead of by...

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