The best projects are those in which we can add the missing piece.
We were asked to help develop a program that would cultivate young leaders, improve communities, and empower youth.
What we had to start with was a unique conception of social justice and our clientâ€™s experience with previous small-scale implementations.
We said yes because we knew we could provide a critical missing pieceâ€”a systematic approach to designing the program.
We learn through trial and error. If we systematize that process by making it more inclusive, data-driven, and imaginative, programs become more effective faster.
In this case, we were able to identify a number of strategies for generating revenue that would not merely support the program, but align the interests of stakeholders in ways that would promote social justice. Itâ€™s a matter of putting the right pieces in place.