Continuing to focus on social impact work in the third sector

For the last year or two I’ve been slowly, but steadily shifting lanes away from corporate strategy work and towards work with a stronger focus on social impact.

In practice, that means less work for enterprises and more for foundations (both charitable and political). It means less strategy slide decks, and instead more research reports.

Some of the most interesting work for me has been to help figure out how, for example, organizations can position themselves regarding emerging technologies on a policy level. Say a foundation focuses on social cohesion, then how does that apply to smart cities? What does that mean for their funding strategy, for their communications, for their advocacy work?

This is not something I’d ever expected to be doing, but if feels great: It applies my backgrounds in strategy, research, comms and responsible tech in ways I hadn’t quite been able to put together like that before.

I love every second of that work, and feel energized by it in a way that I haven’t in a long time doing all kinds of other things.

Turns out it’s totally possible to focus and re-focus work priorities. For me, that was something I needed to be reminded of.

If this is something of interest to you — especially if your org tries to figure out how to bring your expertise and resources to bear in areas impacted by emerging tech like Smart Cities or Artificial Intelligence or IoT — let’s chat!

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