Whats NextInsights to shape future practices1Fresh thinking begins with exploration. As you plan for how your organization will overcome nascent obstacles and meet emerging needs, consider the following four behaviors that incorporate innovation and design methodologies to evolve your organization:
Where will you find inspiration?2
Looking OutwardLooking AroundGetting to Action
Looking InwardWhat are others doing?How is the world changing?What internal assumptions are worth re-assessing?How can I start innovating? 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP2Follow emerging global and local trends, and assess what they might mean for your organization. At the same time, make sure you have a good understanding of who is already serving your ecosystem.Looking Outward3
3Spot the trends that will be relevant to your organization. Many of tomorrows most pressing problems have their roots in larger patterns that are already visible in the world today. By looking closely at developing trends, you can better anticipate and prepare for emerging challenges and opportunities.Shift HappensMap the LandscapeInvestigate who else is doing similar or complimentary work. Recognizingthe broader set of actors who are mobilizing financial and human resources towards a similar mission can help your organization avoid unnecessary duplication of effort, explore potential partnerships, and address critical gaps in the ecosystem. 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP3Innovation doesnt need to mean new; it just needs to be new to you and your organization. Look to bright spots already emerging inside and outside the field, and dont be afraid to copy shamelessly.Looking Around4
Consider the practices, approaches, and ideas that you could import into your own work fromradically different environments than you currently operate in.Think GlobalGet inspired by the wide range of approaches that seem to be working in and around the field what authors Chip and Dan Heath refer to as bright spots. Bright Spots 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP4Challenge assumptions and blind spots that are keeping you from recognizing new opportunities, and actively build a portfolio of the roles that are right for your organization and network.Looking Inward5
Identify and flip deeply held, unstated and unquestioned assumptions about how things are done that can become blind spots over time what the innovation strategy firm Doblin calls orthodoxies.Flipping OrthodoxiesThink about the portfolio of roles your organization plays through its mission, capabilities, and resources. Explore how to balance todays core activities the bread and butter of your work with aspirational experiments that could position you to better serve your community in the future.Prioritizing Roles 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP5Whether you want to shift your organizations core or experiment around the edges, there are a number of first steps you can take to begin thinking creatively about the roles and services you provide.Getting to Action6
Prototyping allows you to quickly build out and evaluate ideas before dedicating resources toroll out big programs or initiatives.Prototyping solutionsBrainstorm collaboratively about how your organization can work smarter. Identify potential new practices and solutions to pressing needs.Generating New Ideas 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP6Double-click on:Shift Happens 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP7The world is shifting rapidly and the pace of change is only increasing. Yet it can be difficult to anticipate how broader national and global forces will alter an organizations trajectory and relevance.Consider how the meta-trends introduced below have already changed your ecosystem and how they might continue to change it in the future.Meta-Trends worth watching8Changing Faces in our Communities
How Philanthropy is Changing
2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLP8The demographics of American communities are changing. Amid these changes, the traditional face of philanthropy white, male, and older (oftentimes even dead) will almost inevitably give way, with a far more diverse group poised to take up the mantle of community change. Changing Faces in our Communities9
Minorities as the New MajorityImmigrationMillennialsBaby BoomersRise of Women the growing economic power of womenUrbanizationpopulation centers shift to citiesReligioncomposition of religious communities shift with the New MajorityMovingthe highly educated move more often than in the pastBy 2043, whites will no longer be the majority in the United States. Heavy immigration in the 1990s and 2000s has brought the U.S. foreign-born population to a level comparable to the early 1900s.
The largest generation in U.S. history gains greater voice and influence Americas first mega-generation began turning 65 in 2010 and will continue to do so at the rate of 10,000 a day until 2030. OTHER TRENDS TO WATCH 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLPThe new majority- The Latino population is likely to skyrocket, Asian and African American populations will continue to grow, while the white population is expected to peak in 2024 and slowly decline afterward. - This unprecedented demographic change will strengthen the political power of previously minority groups, which may shift national systems and ideologies. Their consumption preferences will also help shape the future economy. And as philanthropists, they will likely challenge and adapt current practices to fit their specific needs.
ImmigrationThrough technological and logistical advances, immigrants are often more connected to their home regions than in the past, both physically and virtually. They regularly communicate with loved ones in their home countries, return to visit, and, increasingly, give back financially
Millennials- Their views on everything from politics to business to philanthropy are already forcing organizations to adapt, and as they replace baby boomers as the largest segment of the American workforce, this pace will only accelerate
Baby boomers- After they retire, they will remain active community members for quite some time, with baby boomers expected to have an average lifespan of more than 80 years.
- Boomers hold much of the economic power in this country: it is estimated that this cohort will control as much of 70percent of American disposable income by 2017,and through their estates, they are expected to transfer trillions to their families and favorite causes over the coming decadesEngaging with this group represents a huge opportunity for businesses, governments, and philanthropy organizations alike.
910OTHER TRENDS TO WATCHIts hard to miss the way new technologies are changing the landscapes of our communities. Their growing ubiquity of now allows us to do all of these things bigger, better, faster, and cheaper than ever before.Emerging Technologies Growing ConnectednessBig DataInformation Access and Sharing
The ubiquity of broadband internet connections, mobile technologies, and social networks together transform the way people connect and communicate. 90 percent of the data in the world today has actually been created in the last two years alone. Filters are becoming increasingly necessary to curate information and help people access only what is most important to them.Internet of thingsthe spread of sensors allows us to capture, analyze, and use data from all variety of devicesAccess to local newsincreased access to internet based news creates filter bubbles where readers only encounter news reports that match their preexisting beliefsUsing the cloudaggregating and storing data in the cloud brings cost savings and greater flexibility in how data is used 2014 Monitor Institute, part of Deloitte Consulting LLPGrowing connectedness- Growing connectivity has significant implications for community philanthropy organizations: its now possible to build networks, raise awareness, mobilize action, and connect people and organizations in richer, deeper, and more personal ways than ever before.
Big data- Information is flooding in from almost everywhere: online user-generated content (such as blogs, tweets, photos, and videos), consumer purchases, and cell phone GPS signals, to name just a few sources. - Big data and analytics can help organizations increase transparency, enable faster experimentation, fuel algorithms that can replace or support human decision-making, and spur entirely new operating models.
Information sharing and access-This new data accessibility creates an environment where stakeholders can find what they need, make smarter decisions, and even create entirely new knowledge by mashing up and building on the information they find. Access to information is also shifting public norms about transparency and privacy, as people now readily share personal information about their interests and behaviors while expecting to be able to see and access information from other people and organizations as a matter of course1011OTHER TRENDS TO WATCHDeep, systemic, and intertwined factors contribute to growing fragmentation. Addressing them is messy and complex, and it requires organizations to reach across networks, sectors, and silos to find diverse solutions.Divided Communities
Economic InequalitySocial CapitalPolitical PolarizationRace and EthnicityThe wealthy now take home a larger share of the nations income than at any point since the Great Depression. And social mobilityis lower than in many other developed nations.Social ties help people feel more connected to