I just heard a 30 minute interview with Peter Block conducted by one of my heroes, Hildy Gottlieb. Before you head over there to listen to it, read a few of the gems that I took away...
"You are needed by your neighbors...where you can walk to is where you will find purpose and meaning."
"Take your identity from your gifts, not your lacks and needs." to which Hildy adds, "I wonder how many non-profits take their identity from what's wrong and not from what's possible."
"People on the edge are used to telling their story as a selling strategy. They are narratives that are obstacles to an alternative future."
And finally to non-profits, he says the business model is the wrong model to pattern yourselves after.
"Efficiency, cost and measurement are too small a god to worship! As soon as you say we want to measure our results, we want to be accountable, we want to be efficient, you’ve forgotten what you’re there for.”