The process to innovate—to come up with something totally new or build upon others' work—and especially to innovate with real social impact, is incredibly challenging. But the process shares some basic similarities across sectors, and the Nonprofit Quarterly shared this infographic depicting the ups and downs:
Most people who have tried to do something new in the social sphere - in other words, social innovators - find that there is a roller coaster ride you must take to accomplish your goal (or not) that produces thrills and spills and moments of deep exhilaration and despair.
Created by David Brown, of Brown Performance Group, with Jon Pratt and Ruth McCambridge. Illustrated by Jim Atherton. Brown specializes in working with nonprofit executives and boards to enhance organizational effectiveness through strategic thinking, business planning, and improved governance.