Just Three Things!

Literally, just three things I read, listened to, watched, or experienced recently that might be of use or interest to you too if you're a fellow culture-shaper, problem-solver, or change-maker.  I'll aim to share three things once or twice a month.

1.    Episode 70: The Procedure (Criminal Podcast, July 7, 2017).  I’m an auditory learner, so I love podcasts and could fill all three slots just with recommendations of great episodes that I’ve listened to lately.  One of my favorite podcasts is Criminal which as the name suggests is about crime– but does not sensationalize it and looks at all aspects of it – circumstances, psychology, the criminal justice system, history, its place in culture and people who defy the law for moral reasons.  If you’ve never listened, two of my favorite episodes focus on: an interview with a woman who is an “exit guide,” supporting individuals with terminal diseases when they commit suicide (listen here), and the story of the epidemic of people stealing wood from the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona (listen here).

The latest episode of Criminal: A Podcast, tells the story of the Clergy Consultation Services (CCS), a nationwide network of clergy who helped women access safe abortions before the practice was legal. No matter your beliefs about abortion, I’m recommending this piece because it does an amazing job of exploring the conditions and context that led to Roe vs. Wade and the legalization of abortion in the United States. It also shines a light on an often hidden point of view in this debate – clergy who support choice, and how they see that point of view align with religious teaching.

2.    The 4 Types of Innovation and the Problems They Solve by Greg Satell (Harvard Business Review, June 21, 2017). I'm a big believer in understanding a range of methodologies, remixing them, and adapting them to new contexts - whether those methodologies are focused on innovation, collaboration, leadership, culture, or social change. I really appreciated Greg Satell's piece in Harvard Business Review in which he writes, "I found that every innovation strategy fails eventually, because innovation is, at its core, about solving problems — and there are as many ways to innovate as there are types of problems to solve. There is no one 'true' path to innovation…We need to start treating innovation like other business disciplines — as a set of tools that are designed to accomplish specific objectives. Just as we wouldn’t rely on a single marketing tactic or a single source of financing for the entire life of an organization, we need to build up a portfolio of innovation strategies designed for specific tasks.” 

3.    All-In Cities Policy Toolkit (Beta) (PolicyLink, 7/2017).  This month, I’ve had interesting conversations with change-makers working in two different cities about how they know they need to be more effective at bringing an economic inclusion framework to their approach to economic development.

PolicyLink, a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity has released a beta of its All-In Cities Policy Toolkit.  The Toolkit aims to “lift up what works” by shining a light on policies in six areas: good jobs, economic security, homegrown talent, healthy neighborhoods, housing/anti-displacement, and democracy and justice.  The toolkit recommends strategies, explains what they are, who can implement them, key considerations, and examples of where it is being used.  Seems like a great starting place for folks beginning to dig into inclusive economies, as well as those doing the work and seeking to learn about what it looks like in other issue areas and places.

Please let me know what you think of these Three Things, and if you spot other resources that might be good to feature in the future. Leave a comment, or get in touch via emailTwitterInstagram, or LinkedIn.