"I can't come up with any new ideas if all I do is exist in my own life." This 90-second video on empathy by Emi Kolawole explains why spending time with the people you're designing for is the best way to really understand the context and complexities of their lives.
What we're reading:
In this insightful interview, Ratan Tata, one of India's most prominent business and philanthropic leaders, was asked if he had a philosophy of philanthropy. His response? "I think you really want to be doing things that make a difference. If you cannot make a difference, it's just water trickling through a tap or leaking through a drainage system; it's wasteful."
Quote we're inspired by:
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."
--- Albert Einstein
The Centre has a few upcoming courses before the end of the year (we're already past mid-September!) that relate to our selections above. Our upcoming online course, Measuring Outcomes and Impact, gives participants the tools to make the difference between organizations that have good intentions and organizations that can validate that they are really making an impact, a real concern for Tata Trusts.
While we advocate for rigorous measurement & evaluation, we remain humble in acknowledging that the field is both a science and an art. There is tremendous power in stories, testimonials, and case studies. After all, who'd want to get into an argument with Einstein? So in Positive Leadership (November 1-3 at UPEACE), we explore the question 'What does it mean to be flourish as a person or organization?' and realize that some of the most important aspects of human flourishing are not so easy to quantify. Albert, you're onto something!
And lastly, it's not too late to join us in just over a week (Saturday, September 30th to be precise) for our 1-day Human Centered Design workshop, where you'll have a chance to do many of the things Emi recommends in her video for getting to new creative possibilities and solutions, namely, you'll get to know new people, new places, and you'll dive something completely different!
See you in two weeks for our next Three Thought Thursday!