To make progress on ideologically or politically sticky issues, social sector organizations must reshape their messaging to do more than cite facts; they must use smart storytelling and craft solutions that don’t require those they want to reach to sacrifice their values.
Many small-scale (but scalable) creative efforts to foster tangible urban change, inspired by the burgeoning “tactical urbanism” movement, have met with success—and yet the movement itself faces limitations. How might this approach continue to evolve so as to effect inclusive, sustainable, and meaningful social and political change at the local level?
As funders, providers, and advocates pivot to face a dramatically different funding and political environment, some lessons from history may be instructive.
There is a pervasive fear in the nonprofit field that focusing inwardly—on our staff, our leadership, even our own salaries—will take away from achieving our organizational missions. That needs to change.