Posts Tagged ‘John Cawley’

SSIR’s Summer Issue: Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World

Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World, a recent article from the summer issue of Stanford’s Social Innovation Review, highlights the Foundation’s practice of embracing emergent strategy in developing initiatives and programs. Quoting the Foundation’s Director of Programs and Operations, John Cawley:

“The first thing is not to assume that we alone are going to have a plan. It’s going to be co-created by the people we’re bringing around the table. It is much more nerve-racking but ultimately more interesting when you co-create strategy.”

The article emphasizes that to solve today’s complex social problems, foundations need to shift from the prevailing model of strategic philanthropy that attempts to predict outcomes, to an emergent model that better fits the realities of creating social change in a complex world.

Read the full article here.

The Philanthropist’s issue on social innovation includes contributions from Foundation staff

Social innovation is the theme of the current issue of The Philanthropist, a quarterly journal for practitioners, scholars, supporters, and others engaged in the nonprofit sector in Canada. Foundation staff, as well as many friends of the Foundation, contributed articles.

The Foundation’s COO, Stephen Huddart, authored one of the journal’s overview articles, entitled Patterns, Principles, and Practices in Social Innovation, which explores various dimensions of the field of social innovation.


John Cawley on ‘Owning the Podium’

During the last few years we heard a lot about how the Own the Podium program was going to give Canadian athletes the boost they needed to dominate the Winter Olympics with a record medal haul. It was supposed to give Canadian athletes the superior training and the swagger to overcome our habit of being satisfied with performing “our personal best”. (more…)