Beware the Universal
I have long found wisdom in the uses of a small scale. It has been decades since I read FritzBSchumaker’s book Small is Beautiful. It speaks to both the enrichment from smaller “humanscale” and the frequent diseconomies of large sizes.My colleagues in Results 1 st are working with groups that have this theme well in mind. Theyseek place-based development in which the...
Hal’s Blog- Each year, Pam and I host a few artists in our Adirondack home who gather to paint for a
weekend near Old Forge, NY. This year we had Jean with us, a budding artist whose job was
making teeth. For years she fashioned crowns, bridges and other replacements.
Hal’s Blog- We like to think that people create solutions and fresh paths to reach them. In organizations, who among us is not firmly convinced we are open to new ideas? Yet look at our expressions: stay within your lane, color within the lines, follow the instructions. My favorite: tell me what to do and I will do it.
Hal’s Blog- This heading sits on top of an article by Kevin Starr in the March 28 issue of Stanford Social Innovation Review. Kevin leads the Mulago Foundation, and he is singing our Results1st song. I have worked with about 100 foundations—as large as the Gates Foundation and as small as $10 million in assets. My core theme is fundamental: shift from funding programs to investing in...
Hal’s blog- I was speaking with my colleague Michael Corley the other day about how best to understand
the longer-term impacts from a program designed to help nonprofits. My interest was practical.
My Results1st partner, Robyn Faucy, led a four-part program for a number of nonprofits…