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Shannon Farley and Fast Forward: Accelerating Change in the Tech Nonprofit World

Shannon Farley is cofounder and executive director of Fast Forward. Prior to Fast Forward, Shannon was founding Executive Director of Spark, the world’s largest network of Millennial philanthropists. She has been awarded the New Leader’s Council “Top 40 under 40...

Stanford Social Innovation Review’s Joanna Mair: “Chronicling SE evolution”

Johanna Mair is the academic editor of Stanford Social Innovation Review; professor of organization, strategy and leadership at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin; and the Hewlett Foundation scholar at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Her...

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Adventures of Painstaking Pragmatism

Since the birth of the 24-hour news cycle and its cousin, the seemingly infinite blogosphere, leaders have struggled to capture the public’s razor-thin attention. This is one of the reasons extremism has become so disappointingly normal. Those who lead change...

Three Important Questions: A Tool for Innovation

Leading creativity and social innovation requires strong organizational tools. One such tool involves beginning with the right questions. As Einstein wrote, “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative...

Develop an “Antifragile” Approach to Stress

My leadership clients, including those in nonprofit, often ask for advice regarding stress, expressing concerns about frustration, exhaustion or burnout. I have often seen executives “self-medicate,” binging on alcohol and comfort foods or engaging in risky behaviors....