The Mission Manifesto: A bold statement of beliefs for your organization

I have a confession: I love mission-driven organizations, but I really hate their mission statements. How did the bold declaration of “We’re on a mission to change things!” wilt into the mess of weasel words and passive voice found in

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The LightBox Collaborative Manifesto

LightBox Collaborative is a networked consultancy holding good ideas up to the light. Because we work together in nontraditional ways, we’re often asked questions about how and why we work together differently. Below you’ll find our manifesto, drawn from the

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Movement Building via… Your Closet?

Earlier this year, asked LightBox to help design a campaign that would showcase and celebrate the power of sharing. Since we believe that fun is the best way to draw folks into your campaign, we brainstormed ideas that would demonstrate what the

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This Day in History: Should You Launch Your Campaign Today?

Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and news outlets across the country will carry tributes and survivors’ stories. But what if your organization had planned to launch a new campaign tomorrow or hold a press

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Strategy Fit for a Fool

On April 1st a few years ago, I skillfully convinced a friend that she’d been selected to audition for Dancing with the Stars. I drafted a fake email chain that included the date, time and location of her audition along with contact info for

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Sustaining the Fun

Recently I wrote about the power of play to accomplish our goals. It’s the way we roll at LightBox Collaborative, and I figured it would work in my personal life too. In my case, the goal was to live a

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Fun Can Help You Get the Job Done

At LightBox Collaborative we like to have fun, with a purpose. Our games-based facilitation helps clients think differently about their goals. And we counsel clients that the fun doesn’t have to stop once the strategy’s been formed—play can be a

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Your Solution to Capacity Challenges: Strategy!

In our work with organizations almost every leader tells us that their primary challenge is capacity. They say something along the lines of, “we have so many ideas and so much opportunity, but we just don’t have the staff and

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Collaboration Adds Capacity and Content

As you know, LightBox Collaborative is aiming to be even more collaborative this year. One way we are going to accomplish this is by having a different LightBox Collaborator curate our social media every month to spur conversation, share fresh

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Putting the We in I: Using Personal Narrative to Tackle Difficult Issues

A group of middle school students were given four choices, along with the hypothetical sum of $5 million dollars. The question before them was simple: how would you spend the money to help kids do better in school?  The options presented to the students

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