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Unreasonable Says “Forget Pitching. Tell a Story. Here’s How!”

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The Unreasonable Institute’s CEO Teju Ravilochan facilitated the Scale X Design Accelerator‘s final core lab on pitching last week. This article was one of the pre-reads for the teams before the session. The teams will work on their pitch over the next few months to prepare for the Scale X Design Challenge, a first-of-its-kind event in January in New York City! Forget Pitching. Tell…

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What We’re Reading: Why Social Ventures Need Systems Thinking

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New Profit‘s Founder & CEO, Vanessa Kirsch, and Board Chairman, Jeff Walker, published a piece in Harvard Business Review entitled “Why Social Ventures Need Systems Thinking” over the summer. With co-author Jim Bildner of Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, they coin the term “systems entrepreneurs” to characterize a critical element of New Profit’s evolved approach and the future of social problem…

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What We’re Reading: Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People

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At 356 pages of fairly dense writing, you’d hardly call it a page turner. But if you’re a global development practitioner, you might have hard time putting it down. Getting to Scale: How to Bring Development Solutions to Millions of Poor People looks at the hard truths of how few development solutions go to scale and provides the most in-depth analysis…

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What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale?

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What’s the “poison pill” that prevents pilots from going to scale? According to scaling expert Larry Cooley, it’s complexity. We’ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce complexity in order to achieve scale. In fact, “How do we reduce cost and complexity?” is key design question #4 that we explore in our Designing for Scale lab in the accelerator.…

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What We’re Reading: Scaling Up Excellence

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Another book that helped us think about design question #3 – “What is the optimal fidelity for scale?” – is Scaling Up Excellence, by Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao. “The first major business book devoted to this universal and vexing challenge” – Amazon The authors walk us through decades of case studies on how various companies and initiatives found the…

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What We’re Learning: What do legos have to do with scaling solutions?

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In our Design for Scale lab, design question #3 asks us: “What’s our optimal fidelity for scale?” What is fidelity? Very simply, it’s the degree of exactness with which something is copied and reproduced. Why is it important? Well, in some fields it’s both easy and critical that that the fidelity of an intervention is high. For example, when you’re…

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