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Changing the Changemakers: Nonprofit Innovation

Pre-internet-era institutions gave us things like the Clean Air Act, Women's Suffrage, an end to slavery, and the Civil Rights Act. But times have changed and these organizations weren't built to move at the speed of the internet. Today change is increasingly being lead by individuals, activists, and start-up groups -- not just name brand change-making organizations.

Find out how current and past staff from well-established organizations like UNICEF, Greenpeace, Oxfam, and the Sierra Club are pursuing radical changes in order to thrive and survive in this new landscape. We'll hear from staff leading innovation projects, labs, and transition teams at each of these organizations for a discussion on how institutions are using tech to adapt and break through.

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  1. What are the main barriers or obstacles to change at large institutions? What can individuals do to drive change at their organizations?
  2. What are the conditions for successful or unsuccessful organizational change?
  3. What are the best examples of effective or ineffective innovation and change processes within organizations?
  4. What do large organizations need to change?
  5. What are the benefits of a culture of innovation, and how do you build one?



Michael Silberman, Global Director, Mobilisation Lab at Greenpeace

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