anticipate & create the Future
Are you a leader
of a growing non-profit?
Would you like to build a more
resilient, relevant, impactful organisation?
Are you missing an 'easy win'?
Consider that current challenges that you are facing are at least in part,
a result of previous strategic decisions.
Which of these best describes the previous Strategy development process?
A. Focused on the organisation
and the internal dynamics (because now’s not the time for additional complexity, everyone's crazy busy and not really clear on the value add...)
B. AND some external analysis
of the current environment, the current external risks and opportunities, the competitors / collaborators, and listened to stakeholders
C. AND imagined the future context
anticipating relevant emerging trends and how they will affect the future needs and demands of your community and beneficiaries
The question is...
are you a leader who believes in the importance of an organisational culture that can proactively navigate change?
Welcome to the Future Purpose Project
Before anyone starts hyperventilating at the mere idea of
needing to Predict The Future as well as deliver the day job,
we’d better explain ourselves.
To help non-profits anticipate and create a greater Future
To provide clear, pragmatic, efficient tools and support
that make it EASY
Articles, resources, webinars, talks, consultancy
When you make the choice to anticipate and create the future outcomes include greater:
We can visualise our role in the Future. There is a clearer context for current decision making.
Having looked into the Future we are more confident that our team can navigate a world of complexity and uncertainty.
Our quality of thinking, problem-solving and capacity to innovate has improved. We have and hire the right people for the long term.
There is a greater sense of unity, greater agreement in the face of challenges. The process itself is bonding.
The team buy into the importance and relevance of our Vision and are motivated to make that difference.
We are effectively delivering and developing the right services and support for people and planet now and in the Future.
Where to Start
Watch, Ask or Jump in!
Integrating future purpose thinking into your strategy development gives an opportunity to
move the needle on three key challenges for non-profits;
Generating sustainable income - Communicating impact - Strengthening organisational capacity
through the engagement and retention of
Donors - Public & Supporters - Staff & Volunteers
You win respect of smart donors looking for innovative organisations who have ‘gone the extra step.’
Your forward thinking strengthens your ability to navigate implementation challenges and report better outcomes for donors and your community
You win the support of the public when your communications can link your mission and storytelling to ‘how the world is changing’. You can keep your news-feed fresh as you relate your work to trends in the news.
Your results build trust & strengthen your reputation
You win the interest of appropriately skilled staff (particularly millennials with tech skills) and your forward thinking & decision making inspire team confidence and commitment.
The staff capability and positivity strengthens all aspects of organisation capacity.
Ultimately, you do more, better, for the community that you serve.
We'd like to help.
A Disclaimer - we’re not those people
There’s a bunch of supercool smart types who work full time in the discipline of Futurism / Strategic Foresight.
They carry out analysis and research, identify emerging trends and speculate on their relevance.
We’re not those people.
We read and share their painstakingly researched analysis
because what gets us excited is the grounded and pragmatic question:
How can we help you to (easily)
integrate future purpose thinking into your strategy?
Just a soupcon, a smidge, a nod of Strategic Foresight.
This is not about trying to get the Future 'Right'
but helping you to avoid the implications of failing to think about it all.
Jane has twenty years of experience in leading and coaching non-profit teams and organisations globally. She is a qualified Transformative Coach who mentors and advises CEOs, facilitates strategy development and supports teams through phases of change and transition. The breadth of her studies and experience enables her to help develop solutions that address the 'practical and psychological' drivers of conscious strategic leadership.
She speaks internationally and volunteers as Chair of 52 Lives, as a Mentor with the Aspire Foundation and as a Strategy Advisor with the Foundation for Social Improvement. In real life, she travels widely, loves walking in nature and lifting heavy things, gets over-excited about quality stationery and has been crowned the World’s Best Ninja Auntie Camp-Builder.
More about Jane here
Anna is passionate about supporting non-profits to plan for the future, particularly in the field of education. Her goal with the Future Purpose Project is to scan literature and curate information that provides the most relevant and impactful trends in a clear and easily accessible manner and she is the lead author on our White Papers. She’s from the US and took her B.A. in New York at Geneseo, came to the UK and gained her Masters in International Education and Development from the University of Sussex. She then moved to Ireland where she worked at the National Centre for Guidance in Education and now with CAPA The Global Education Network.
Currently, she’s living in Dublin and enjoys reading, running, and wandering around the city people-watching.
More about Anna here
A Quickstart Guide to anticipating the future for non-profits