Special 2016 “Alan Harrison’s Birthday” Edition: Pack Up the Babies and Grab the Old Ladies – And an Easy-To-Fulfill Wish List
I was born on May 14. Conceived on a hot August night. Neil Diamond would’ve been proud. He was old enough to have a kid then, so…who knows? Brother Love? Are you my papa?
From him, I want flowers.
From you, I want (this is your cue):
- A 137-word card. ( <–Yes, that’s a link.)
- Share your favorite 137 Words post with your social network (that’s “share,” not “like”).
- To join a great company with a great mission. In Seattle.
- Health for The Kid.
- Guidance for The Kid.
- The love of my life to be happy, fulfilled, and curious. You know who you are.
- The ability for you to guide your favorite nonprofit to safety, security, and success.
- Brilliantly measurable missions, better than you believe you’re capable of.
- Complete, successful execution of those brilliant new missions.
- Pie, not cake.
What is the purpose of a snowflake? Just a type of precipitation, one of four phases of the water cycle?
What is the purpose of a nonprofit? To change the environment so that a heretofore unrelenting bad thing gets better or goes away?
One snowflake is different from all other snowflakes. An unprovable, but accepted theory. Akin to “no two fingerprints are exactly alike.”
Your nonprofit is different from all other nonprofits. A provably unacceptable theory. Akin to “if you build it, they will come.”
Differentiation is crucial for nonprofits to thrive. But if trivial differentiation exists among two or more, then collaborate. Or merge. Or close, if that disentangles the knotty societal issue. Survival of any nonprofit is irrelevant if the issue isn’t solved.
Finally, snowflakes are fun to catch on the tongue. Nonprofits really aren’t.