Part 1 journeyed into nonprofit smokescreens. These were the old serial habits and processes that stop organizations from pursuing innovation. Sometimes those habits just come with the territory. Fear stops us from exploring a little so that we can become real powerhouses of possibility. The potentials for what “might be” excites, yet the uncertainty paralyzes.
Or, we protect our assumptions: That the problem is already “known,” the right answer just needs to be “created.”
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