“Innovators understand that their job is to fail, repeatedly, until they don’t.”
— Blogger Seth Godin
“Be bold.” — ISU President Steven Leath
In a recent blog post Seth Godin said that nonprofits are obliged to innovate, but often hesitate. They feel caught in a double bind: their funders want them to be cautious, but also daring. Their work is too important to risk failure or to play it safe. So what’s an organization to do?
In Extension and Outreach, we’re lucky, because President Leath has given us permission to break out of this conundrum. He says we can be bold. In his video message during annual conference, President Leath said, “We rely on you – your expertise and your contacts – to identify and develop bold new partnership ventures that will help us better serve the people of Iowa.”
He also said, “I want others to come to us expecting to partner, and us to be willing to look at any and all possibilities as long as they maintain the integrity of our academic enterprise.”
That sounds like an open call for innovation. So try. Try again. Be bold. See you there.