Risk. Shudder. This is not an ideal that comforts me. Quite the opposite. Heck, I never played the board game and grimace at the thought of adding more of this to any portfolio.Where I am not fully risk averse, I do prefer very strongly calculated risk. Honestly, trying to push myself past the point of comfort is a huge reason that I do improv.
But now, I see that even in my safety-net of “happy cohort of NGO ‘do-gooder’s” we need risk. Why?
Because being safe fails to bring about large, systemic change.
Take this recent article in the Huffington Post. After this caught my eye, I sat back. Re-read it. Then forwarded it to friends. Why? Because all I kept thinking was “wow”. This rocks me. I like safe. I like control. I like doing good, and not harming others. And yet, will these restrictions curb the change I, we, seek?
Do we support risk in non-profits?
Do we seek only measurable outcomes?
Do funders encourage risk?
All wise questions as we stumble through the world.