Advancing mission-driven ventures, whether for profit or nonprofit, is first and foremost a comprehensive entrepreneurial journey.
When it comes to increasing your impact, curiosity and listening as a constant practice are as important as applying any other skills, strategies, and practices in your work. In fact, Robert Perez, Founder and Chief Exploration Officer at Wonder for Good, would argue that for changemakers being curious about their audiences is a necessary step to identifying new strategies or refining existing ones to advance mission-driven work.
Aside from the typical ones related to good governance, there is no question that it is imperative for the Board to be more connected than ever to what the world around us is currently experimenting and have an in-depth understanding of the potential futures about to take shape under our own eyes.
“I always say it’s so easy to rebuild roofs and homes, but it is very hard to develop a generation that went through a hurricane and earthquakes in less than a year.”
Talking about social impact and not focusing in particular on healing, wellbeing, and flourishing, as part of the mental health discourse, defeats the purpose of mission-driven work. But it is more than just talking about it. The conversation should approach these crucial aspects as a whole, as many of our guests have highlighted during our interviews for the Jet Fuel Series.