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Randy Salzman on Design Thinking

        Randy Salzman, seen here with co-author and wife Jeanne Liedtka, is a journalist and former communications professor at the University of Virginia. Along with Liedka and Daisy Azer, he is co-author of the recently published Design Thinking for the Greater Good: Innovation in the Social Sector.  Interview by Tom Peterson What is design-thinking? […]

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World Change on Flipboard

View my Flipboard Magazine. Click on the above image or HERE to visit Thunderhead Work’s “World Change” Flipboard Magazine.  You can see more than 170 articles from different publications about people changing the world through imagination, persistence and community. And all the other ingredients that help us move forward. Follow the link and then click […]

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Asset Mapping, a powerful tool for improving communities

            By Tom Peterson On a Friday morning in August, some three dozen people gather in a large meeting room at the Forsyth County health department in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Down the halls are public clinics and offices for the staff who inspect restaurants, track diseases, or otherwise keep the […]

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Mind Mapping for people changing the world

        Mind Mapping, Part 2 To read Part 1 “Mind Maps: who, what when to use them” click HERE. By Tom Peterson Visually outlining through mind maps opens up creativity and helps you see structures and connections in fresh ways. It’s great for tasks like understanding complex issues or starting new enterprises. […]

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10 ways to reframe problems… rather, challenges

By Tom Peterson The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” — Albert Einstein. Before you […]

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Reframe the problem, what are you really trying to accomplish?

By Tom Peterson Coming up with a great solution to the wrong problem may feel good at the time but it can send you down a rabbit trail that wastes time and energy. Instead of spinning your wheels on the wrong question, you can get better solutions if you reframe the problem. Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg’s article […]

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The Yin and Yang of Growing Your Cause

      The Yin and Yang of Growing Your Cause: Incremental Improvement and Breakthrough The best way to grow your nonprofit or cause is to do two seemingly opposite things at once. First, incrementally improve the things— the programs, revenue streams, branding, public relations—that are already working well. Or at least seem to have […]

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