NPO leaders are grappling with numerous challenges – fundraising, employee retention, maintaining partnerships, donor fatigue, regulatory compliance, fraud, and the twin pressures of driving down costs and the need to relentlessly innovate.
SoftwareONE established ONEImpact Digital Council to facilitate connection, collaboration, conversation and competencies amongst the leaders of Nonprofit Organizations (NPO) to address these issues.
By pooling ideas, expertise and connections, the Digital Council drives innovation and influence to make a difference to its members and the global NPO community.
SoftwareONE has ONEImpact Digital Council in Asia Pacific, India-Middle East, Europe, Latin America, Canada & USA.
The council governing body is made up of 16 active members who meet twice a year at the Forums. They suggest the topics to be discussed and lead the conversations.
Governing Council members are CXO-level across all types of NPO. Membership is by application or invitation. Membership is free.
Forums are held twice a year, rotating through the geographies.
Forums are online or in-person events that focus on a specific topic or challenge.
Each forum features one or two keynote speakers before the conversation opens up to board members to share ideas, best practices or common challenges. Invited guests and observers are able to listen in & learn from industry leaders.
Chatham House rules are followed – no content is shared outside the forum to ensure privacy.
Networking opportunities and visibility as an expert stakeholder in a large multi stakeholder global community.
ONEImpact Digital Council members, guests & observers attending a forum are sent a summary of the key lessons and learnings from the event.
ONEImpact Digital Council members can pick up conversations started in the forum with fellow members to collaborate or develop ideas in a personal think tank.
SoftwareONE helps ONEImpact Digital Council members move technology projects forward through lobbying or introductions to leading tech brands & innovators.
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SoftwareONE established the ONEImpact Digital Council to facilitate connection, collaboration, conversation and competencies amongst the leaders of Nonprofit Organizations (NPOs). By pooling ideas, expertise and connections, the Digital Council drives innovation and influence to make a difference to its members and the global NPO community.
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Forums’ Key Highlights
Funding Challenges – Financial struggles are a reality for many nonprofits, even those with excellent programs. ONEImpact is the bridge between the grant maker and grantee, helping nonprofits stay aware of technology product donations and industry grant opportunities.
Driving Transformation at NPO:
Translate paper processes to digital
Build the constituent experience
Employ change management techniques to support engagements
Building New Outcomes – from the ground up
ONEImpact Framework builds the foundation of TRANSFORMATION and positive digital change. The journey starts with empowering and creating a purpose to make a meaningful impact to the communities under the sphere of influence.
NPO Operational Transformation
NPO is all about People. The Operational transformation driven by digital models will become effective when the "Change" is embraced by everyone in the journey. The effort of the framework is to build a connection between people and technology through a CULTURE of connection between people and how their work to meet the demands of their cohort.
Cost and Innovation
Industry 4.0 has forced nonprofits to focus on what they can easily control costs and complexity. A Financial Transformation allows nonprofits to embrace complexity in the operational value chain and unlock under-utilized assets through the creation of an integrated commercial system, based on a holistic view of opportunities and challenges and a better definition of leading indicators.
Resilience & Retention
Thriving in a digital world is beyond technology. While technology is evolving at a very fast pace, the key challenge is NPO's ability to adapt. The adaptability and appetite of the business lies solely on “PEOPLE”. Developing a knowledgeable, strategically adept, cognitively flexible model for engagement internally and externally is the key to driving PURPOSE for employees, partners and patrons.
For the NPO community to be successful, in an increasingly complex and connected age, there will need to be more than projects and traditional strategic planning…there will need to be “parallel processes” involved with seeding transformational thinking and action driven by deep level of collaboration.
The ONEImpact Digital Council supports master capacity build, along with transformational learning through best practice sharing.
Industry Advisory Board DACH
Gemeinsam Herausforderungen angehen // Tackling challenges together
Four Principles of Creating a Future-Resilient Non-Profit Organization
Make the Future Visible - Develop the tools to anticipate, manage, and become one with the future
Focus on your Future Recipient - Let them guide your thinking
Reimagine Your Purpose - Create a moldable purpose focused on good for humanity
Rethink Your Command Centre - Move intelligent decision-making to the front line
“People are at their best when they are challenged. If we don't challenge ourselves, nature has a way of giving us challenges anyway. There is great value in our struggles, and human nature has shown us that we only value the things we struggle to achieve”. Futurist Thomas Frey
As members of ONEImpact Digital Council shared that this is an era to build an Invincible Non Profit Enterprise where the key lever of change is due to an environment of constant information streams, constant data, and conflicting opinions, it becomes difficult to make sense of the world.
We believe that an enterprise needs to constantly reinvents itself before it becomes obsolete. The Invincible Enterprise explores the future, while excelling at exploiting the present. It cultivates an innovation and execution culture that lives in harmony under the same roof. It competes on superior business models and transcends traditional industry boundaries.
The leaders are embracing the changes, and taking steps to review existing operating models, scouting for new operating models to respond quickly to the rapidly shifting environment and sustain their organizations through the trials ahead.
Keeping this in view, the we set our agenda for this ONEImpact Digital Council Leadership Session to address THE FORESIGHT.
Discussion Topic – Your Business in 2030 – “Creating a Future-Resilient Organization”.
The session delved into what the future will be and Thomas encouraged the participating executives to review the predictions and make changes in their business operating models towards their path of creating an “Invincible Enterprise”.
Why Understanding the Future is Important?
Ignorance is a valuable part of the future. If we knew the future, we would have little reason to vote in an election, host a surprise party, or start something new.
Once a future is known, we quickly lose interest in trying to influence it. For this reason, our greatest motivations in life come from NOT knowing the future.
So why, as a futurist, does Thomas Frey spend so much time thinking about the future?
Very simply, since no one has a totally clear vision of what lies ahead, we are all left with degrees of accuracy. Anyone with a higher degree of accuracy, even by only a few percentage points, can achieve a significant competitive advantage.
“Foresight is the most important skill of the 21st Century”
Thomas began by discussing the how the future would change for Humans. Thomas foresees that we are entering a period of “great opportunity,” and he expects that the next twenty years will likely see humanity change more extensively than any other period in human history. Coinciding with these changes will be also be a rise in our risk factors, as we become more dependent upon technology.
By 2030 the average person in the U.S. will have 4.5 packages a week delivered with flying drones. They will travel 40% of the time in a driverless car, use a 3D printer to print hyper-individualized meals, and will spend most of their leisure time on an activity that hasn’t been invented yet.
The world will have seen over 2 billion jobs disappear, with most coming back in different forms in different industries, with over 50% structured as freelance projects rather than full-time jobs.
Over 50% of today’s Fortune 500 companies will have disappeared, over 50% of traditional colleges will have collapsed, and India will have overtaken China as the most populous country in the world.
Most people will have stopped taking pills in favour of a new device that causes the body to manufacture its own cures.
Space colonies, personal privacy, and flying cars will all be hot topics of discussion, but not a reality yet.
Most of today’s top causes, including climate change, gay liberation, and abortion, will all be relegated to little more than footnotes in Wikipedia, and Wikipedia itself will have lost the encyclopedia wars to an upstart company all because Jimmy Wales was taken hostage and beheaded by warring factions in the Middle East over a controversial entry belittling micro religions.
Our ability to predict the future is an inexact science. The most accurate predictions generally come from well-informed industry insiders about very near-term events.
Much like predicting the weather, the farther we move into the future, the less accurate our predictions become.
According to Thomas, some of the ways that we could move closer to such a goal could be tied into the usage of digital twin technology, which is already in use today in many industries. This technology allows remote monitoring of many types of equipment, from farm machinery to power plant turbines, and it enables us to determine the cause of problems or breakage in equipment and will eventually provide the ability to anticipate equipment failures before they occur, eventually removing the need for the physical presence of an operator.
Another way that digital twin technology will prove advantageous will be through the use of remote robotics in the medical field, technology which is becoming more widely used in surgical applications. Thomas and his colleagues are now asking how long before doctors will be able to remotely monitor a patient’s health through the patient’s digital twin, allowing a doctor to diagnose a patient without being physically present.
Thomas also shared that he is frequently asked if he predicted the pandemic, and his response to this was that, “Yes, but…as a futurist we all have lots of, what we call ‘wild-card scenarios’ that we deal with all the time,” and a pandemic was definitely one of those scenarios, but that no one was able to predict the “rule-set” for this crisis, especially with the means of transmission and spread. He also posits that this will be the most expensive crisis in human history, even more expensive than World War II, because “businesses were never designed to be shut down and restarted months later,” and that society will be dealing with the unintended consequences of this crisis for many years to come.
Reading through the prediction above you will likely have a number of thoughts ranging from agreement, to amusement, to confusion, to total disagreement.
As with most predictions, some will be correct and others not. But the true value in this list will come from giving serious consideration to each of them and deriving your own conclusions.
Remember as a leader, you are obligated to protect the future since – “Our children’s children, who haven’t even been born yet, are counting on you!”
The Economics of Technology, Humanity & The New Business Models
The members of ONEImpact Digital Council came together for the last session of 2021 to explore the future by reimagining their enterprises and keep it relevant in this Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VUCA) World.
In order to appreciate the conversation, it is important to understand the relevance of “VUCA”.
Based on the current global economic situation, we have experienced that volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity are going to become more and more prevalent in the business world, that puts the Leadership to test especially from managing employees, partners and the management of community.
Questions like: “Can we pursue digitalization with a higher purpose in mind?” and “Can we steer digitalization to be a force for good, a force to transform economies so that they foster greater equity, environmental integrity, and shared global prosperity?” as well as keep a look out for LEADING INDICATORS of change.
With this background Anders Indset delved into the core concept of “How the Q economy will change our world for the better – What comes after digital for both Profit and Non Profit enterprises?”
To Balance The Economic Power Of Technology including AI And Blockchain, Leaders Must Rediscover...Philosophy
Finding collective meaning and purpose in how we create is one thing machine learning will never take from humanity
We’re making philosophy relevant in business world again. You can see the results in people having a deeper sense of purpose again
What Happens Next? Long-term Thinking in a Pandemic-Changed World.
New thinking and skill-sets for all with Sean Ness
Covid-19 is disrupting every human system on Earth, and the return to "normal" is not going to happen after the virus subsides. The decline of the old system paradigm built on mechanisms of bureaucracy and control is accelerating, while a new paradigm built on adaptability and technologies begins to take hold. This talk will look at this emerging paradigm, some examples of how it actually functions, and the skills needed to succeed in this world.
A Signal of Change is defined as a recent small or local innovation—a new product, service, behavior, initiative, policy, data point, or technology—with the potential to scale in impact and affect other places, people, or markets. Signals are specific events or innovations happening today that you instinctively feel will take us in a new direction. Signals help capture emerging phenomena sooner than traditional social science methods, and are used as evidence to show that a forecast or scenario is plausible. Continuously scanning for signals helps us develop the habit of collecting observations as we read news, conduct research, and move through daily life. For research purposes, signals are documented both with a description of the phenomenon (the ”What”) and interpretation of possible implications (the ”So What”).
Where to find them:
reading blogs, magazines, journals, etc.
listening to pONEImpact Digital Councilasts or smart people