11November 2010 TBLI “transforming from a traditional grant giving institution to an impact investing organisation” … an attempt to crush five inspiring and intense years into 1 presentation
transformation can be like the skies holding light and dark together be beautiful and rough at the same time
De Oude Beuk- traditional grant making giving the money away once unrequested proposals - ‘open-door-policy’ all geographies, all themes = 125 projects, 25 countries low touch project monitoring team: senior and junior project managers - development aid
d.o.b foundation - impact investing sustaining or growing the money invested dedicated scouting narrow geographical & theme focus = 15 investments, mainly Africa high touch engagement multidisciplinary team – business, finance, legal, anthropology
what did it take? changes in strategy making clear choices on vision, mission and focus entrepreneurial and stakeholder oriented approach changes in process business wise management impact & financial measurement and reporting changes in organisational structure network organisation multidisciplinary team changes in leadership connecting – being the glue amongst the parts empowering versus leading managing the reality bias: embracing the new vision is one, living it however…
transformation “although the connections are not always obvious, organisational change is inseparable from personal change” Harriet Lerner ’
(some) challenges how to choose focus and vision - and deal with the ‘loss’? how to make periodic results tangible? how to deal with the implications of being a network organisation? how to deal with the complexity of hybrid businesses?
underlying challenges - example how to deal with the changed character of results?
underlying challenges - example how to deal with the shifted status of being a multiple ‘giver’ to being a qualitative partner?
paradigm shifts STRATEGY - from OR toAND PROCES - from linear to systemic STRUCTURE - from singular to hybrid INVOLVEMENT – from ‘outsider’ to participant LEADERSHIP – from ‘leading’ to empowering
conclusions CO - CREATE SHARE BLEND NOURISH AND FOSTER
some personal remarks… don’t get impressed by ‘complexity don’t take yourself too seriously changing the world is an ambitious goal to change is to be bold … the world is longing for some ground-breaking, paradigm shifting CHANGE in order to provide for a long lasting future of LIFE…
thanks for your attention! questions, remarks…