Where do ideas come from? Often we need to reflect on our past and better understand where we come from to better understand where we want to go. The ability to reflect and forecast is essential, as what worked in the past may not work in the future. The key is to get clear on what you want to achieve both short and long term so you can have the most impact. The ability to know your values and priorities helps to ensure there is a clear intention on what matters and how one can make a difference.
Ideas are not generated from thin air. They are an accumulation of life experience and reflection of the world around us. As ideas are exchanged among various board members, the key is to ask for help from the outside. Often investments can be made as personal or political obligations as opposed to truly serving the need of the community. There are many experts and resources at our fingertips. The key is finding other leaders in the philanthropic community as well as across other sectors such as businesses that share our passion. The goal is to learn from those around us and ask them what worked and what didn’t work. Be willing to build on existing infrastructures, but don’t be afraid to be bold and generate new ideas for the future.
As Abraham Lincoln once said “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” The ability to create starts with an idea.