What is more profound, uplifting or wise than:
Hope in the future. Life goes on. The human spirit prevails.
Those were the words of Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Add her other observations and you have a short, sweet summary of spirit that keeps social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders energized.
- We’re on the edge of a new frontier.
- Improving the way we do things will pay a dividend far greater than any we got before.
- To drive social change, we need leadership, vision, passion, and savvy.
- None of us can do it alone. We need resilient, resourceful partners.
- There is a new generation of social change agents. (God bless those Millennials!)
- The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
- While failure is a bitter pill to swallow, it teaches lesson.
The lessons Risa thought worthy of note:
- Data needs to be clear and convincing.
- The need needs to be obvious.
- The solution must be do-able.
- Taking social innovation to scale takes time. Don’t let urgency squeeze timelines so projects become undo-able.
- Under-funding an initiative can undermine it.
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