Finding Common Purpose
5 Disruptive Innovations for the Social Sector
I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to something Rahm Emanuel, former Obama chief of staff, said about the 2008/2009 financial meltdown: “Never allow a good crisis go to waste. It’s an opportunity to do the things you once thought were impossible.” It comes to mind because of all the new ways our sector is responding to the pandemic. Could the “disruptions” in the normal way of doing things be turned into “disruptive innovations” like those celebrated in the business world—and help us identify new ways to ensure we’re focusing on more people’s basic needs being met so they can get on and stay on the Pathway to Lifelong Success I showed you in my last blog post?
The idea, which comes from the late Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, is about innovations that upset the status quo of complication and high cost in a market or sector by introducing simplicity, convenience, accessibility, and affordability. Eventually, a disruptive innovation completely redefines an industry.
I’m beginning to see things happen that could lead to that kind of positive disruption in our sector. Here are my top five.