In 2010 Katherine Fulton, President of the Monitor Institute, took a three-month break from her long and impressive career strategizing for nonprofit and entrepreneurial organizations. The time off renewed her and gave her insights into the challenges nonprofit professionals face in an increasingly fast-paced, demanding world. In this audio lecture, sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fulton advises those who labor in what she calls “communities of hope” to slow down in order to find the courage to reflect on the many uncertainties ahead. Her five recommendations, one of which is to love the challenges themselves, are practical, highly philosophical, and very personal.

Katherine Fulton is a partner of the Monitor Group and President of the Monitor Institute, which is dedicated to helping innovative leaders achieve sustainable solutions to social and environmental problems. She has spent three decades catalyzing social change as a leader, strategist, teacher, editor, writer, speaker, and advisor. Fulton is the recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Lyndhurst Foundation prize for community service, and is the co-author of several books, among them Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for the Twenty-First Century Philanthropists and What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits.