Special Report: 21 Ways to Unlock Creative Genius (Infographic)

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I’m a big believer in the power of unlocking creative energy. Without change, without innovation, the nonprofit sector will continue to lack sufficient resources.

For decades, overall philanthropy has remained at about two percent of Gross Domestic Product. Doing business as usual may allow the nonprofit sector to continue at that two percent level. However, without taking creative risk, we will never see philanthropy get to three percent or four percent of GDP.

In my previous post, “If You Want $1 Million, Be Creative,” I looked at how creativity helped the City of Philadelphia win a $1 million grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies. I hope the post inspires nonprofit professionals to seek creative solutions to fundraising challenges.

Now, I want to share an infographic that offers you “21 Ways to Unlock Creative Genius”:


Creativity for the sake of creativity certainly doesn’t make sense. However, the wise, responsible exercise of creativity can lead to innovation. That can mean more resources for your nonprofit to make the world a better place.

Yo-Yo Ma, the Grammy Award winning cellist and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, once said:

Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.”

I hope you’re passionate about your organization’s mission.

Now, be creative!

That’s what Michael Rosen says… What do you say?

5 Responses to “Special Report: 21 Ways to Unlock Creative Genius (Infographic)”

  1. Great points, Michael. I believe most nonprofits are risk adverse, which comes from too many chiefs (board members) making group decisions. How can you possibly get anything done or make a creative decision, when you need consensus of a large group of people? If nonprofits are truly going to be able to solve the world’s biggest problems, they will need to get more creative! Great post.

    • Amy, thank you for your comment. I’m glad my creativity posts have resonated with you. I think you’ve hit on something. Group-think, particularly at the board level, often leads to a lowest-common denominator solution rather than a creative one. To deal with that problem, I’m reminded of a quote commonly attributed to Rear Admiral Grace Hopper:

      “It’s easier to ask forgiveness than it is to get permission.”

      However, even that philosophy is problematic as it depends on the courageousness of the development professional.

      We definitely need to rethink how nonprofit organizations do business.


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