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Innovation and Embracing Failure



Marnie Webb, Co-CEO, TechSoup Global ...

Marnie Webb, Co-CEO, TechSoup Global
Twitter Handle: @Webb

Does your organization embrace failure? Does it create room for it and celebrate it as a stepping-stone towards greater success and innovation? Join Marnie to learn how to create a culture of innovation at your nonprofit and empower your staff to fail forward and onward, as she experienced when recently launching Caravan Studios.



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  • Pair up with someone <br /> Get a nametag and pen. <br /> Now: you are going to write draw the person you are paired with, and write down their name. <br /> Yes. Draw. <br /> You’ve got 60 seconds. And go: <br /> Countdown. <br /> Great. Now put on your own name tag and let’s take just a moment to walk around the room and shake hands and say hello to each other.
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Innovation and Embracing Failure Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Getting Across the Pool Nonprofit Boot Camp 2014 Mountain View, CA June 10, 2014
  • 2. Hello!
  • 3. I’m supposed to be talking about innovation and failure.
  • 4. I keep wondering though: is all this talk of failure a helpful lens?
  • 5. Learning to excel at swimming happens over years.
  • 6. ConsultantCommons.org
  • 7. Progress, in swimming, is measured in seconds.
  • 8. 1. Ideas need oxygen.
  • 9. 2. There’s a big differences between people and users.
  • 10. 3. You have to be able to smile and say, “We’ll put that in the roadmap.”
  • 11. But the most important thing we’ve learned?
  • 12. Caravan Studios is a division of TechSoup Global, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are @caravanstudios. We build things to increase the public good.
  • 13. Reference • Caravan Studios http://www.caravanstudios.org • TechSoup Global http://www.techsoupglobal.org • Range http://www.rangeapp.org • SafeNight http://www.caravanstudios.org/#!safenight/cfvg • NetSquared http://www.netsquared.org
  • 14. Resources • 1,000 True Fans by Kevin Kelly http://kk.org/thetechnium/2008/03/1000-true-fans/ • Do Things That Don’t Scale by Paul Graham http://paulgraham.com/ds.html • We Don’t Sell Saddles Here by Stewart Butterfield https://medium.com/medium-long/we-dont-sell-saddles-here-4c59524d650d