Author: Arum Lansel

The L is for Learning

One of the things I enjoy about working at the Packard Foundation is the emphasis on learning. In my past life, evaluation work was called M&E (Monitoring and Evaluation), but here it is MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning). Turns out, the addition of that one letter actually matters. It matters because our evaluation efforts are…

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Be a solution-seeker, not a problem-solver

Last week, in the opening plenary of the Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute (NPMI), Steve McCormick, co-founder and CEO of the Earth Genome, posed this question: “If a divine being said they will solve the cause you are working on, and you would get none of the credit- a rival colleague would instead- would you take…

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