Lean Impact Series: 10 Changemakers Using Lean Startup Methods For Greater Social Impact


Lean Startup principles have been adopted widely in other sectors, and once you get a glimpse of the principles, it’s clear that Lean can be applied to any organization that needs to operate in a capital-efficient way. It’s no wonder why Lean is increasingly being adopted in the non-profit sector.

Most non-profits and social good organizations are already “lean” by the traditional definition, but Lean here is different: it means organizations developing services, products and campaigns by starting small, soliciting user feedback along the way, ensuring they’re continually developing something that users want, running efficiently, and pivoting if necessary. The overall goal is to reduce waste: wasted time, wasted effort, and wasted money.

If you’re looking for examples of lean startups, there are hundreds. But but for social good organizations that want to go lean, there are scant few examples. That’s where Lean Impact comes in: highlighting the organizations using Lean for social good, and to share those examples and lessons with other social good organizations.

We’ve assembled 10 examples of leaders in the social good space working hard in their organizations to implement Lean Startup principles for maximum impact.

1. Patrice Martin, IDEO.org (Co-Lead & Creative Director)

2. Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez, Back to the Roots (Co-Founders)

3. Deepa Bachu, Fasal (Creator)

4. Linda Robinson, Gateway Green (Board Chair)

5. David Batstone, Not For Sale (Co-Founder and President)

6. Susmita De, Nonprofit-Share (Chief Operating Officer)

7. Kyle Rush, Author and Technology Consultant

8. Kosar Jahan, SamaUSA (Impact Manager)

9. Vanessa Hurst, Girl Develop It (Co-Founder)

10. Ashley Meyers, Code For America (Development and Engagement Manager)

Read about the details at: http://www.bethkanter.org/lean-impact-nov4/


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