Due to internal restructuring, I will be leaving Grameen Foundation. My last day is April 30th. I understand the reasons. I agree with the reasons. A few months ago, I suggested something like this course of action myself and still, it sucks. Nobody wants to be told they are no longer wanted. In my head I imagine a decision making process where priorities were discussed and me and my work did not make the cut. The specifics of why my work fell below the line is maybe for another post but as a general statement it is fair to say that what I did for Grameen Foundation did not make the list of top priorities and I was laid off. Of course, it could also be true that I was just really bad at my job. I am trying hard not to let that feel like truth.
I have started to work with a very exciting collaborative project (currently calling ourselves the Resilience Project but that may change soon) that is working to catalyze the re-use and re-mixing of solutions. We are currently a very interesting group of social sector organizations funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and housed at EcoTrust. We have come together with the desire to accelerate the process of improving and applying solutions to well defined problems. In the social sector, there is a lot of excellent work focusing on the ideation end of the innovation process. We hope to leverage the outputs of that work and ensure that good (and almost good or even informatively bad) ideas can be shared, re-used, deconstructed and re-mixed so that we are not all starting from scratch every time we face a problem. We will be squarely focused on that hairiest of problems -> how do you incentivize and manage inter-organizational collaboration. As we dig in to this, we have discovered their is a clear need for individual organizations to internally manage their own interventions more effectively. Our current hypothesis is that this connection between internal “solutions management” and external solution sharing will be a critical aspect of maintaining a living, breathing repository that 1) manages and 2) records the use, re-use and re-mixing of solutions around the world. I can dream, right.
And finally a request -> what should I do with my life? I am eager for input into how I can be useful in the world. I mean this with all possible sincerity. My life has always lead me. While I believe my capabilities have influenced my success, I am also a product of my privilege. The opportunities that have been presented to me are not presented to everyone who could take advantage of them as well as or better than I can so part of what I always want to do in the world is to enable the agency of others. Maybe this is my way to give back? So, what should I do next? What needs doing?
Peace AND Love,