Preparing a NonProfit Leader for the Digital Future

THE CHALLENGE: Build a mission-centered culture of innovation and lay the groundwork for a new generation of change making THE OUTCOME: A dedicated, internal design thinking team to lead culture change across the organization, and a mindset shift from a supplier of grants to a partner in social innovation.

Project Details

CLIENT: Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST), the Arizona based, Non-Profit organization collaborated with Copper & Vine to lead them on a 3 day journey of design thinking and innovation in hopes of discovering new ways to meet their organization goal.

To help CGEST identify staff pain points and address them with new innovative offers, Copper & Vine proposed three “lighthouse” activities: Internal Bias, External Bias, Communcal Biase, Lighthouse activities are proofs of concept that light the way for an organization and help it shift its way of working.

Lastly, Copper & Vine helped CGEST escape the “commodity trap” of competing with existing solutions to old problems within non-profit ecosystems. They learned how challenging it is to implement solutions without acklpwdged the bias, the overall goal, the standing team skill and the HOPE. Copper & Vine was well positioned to help CGEST rewire their existing culture to meet the challenge of delivering cutting-edge program and community initiatives that are harder to replicate.

By the end of these 3 days, CGEST had rolled out a new and innovative push towards their mission no longer being reactionary to the existing climate. After the retreat, employees throughout the organization adopted a new way of working and became passionate ambassadors.

Today, CGEST has permanent design thinking and digital teams to continue this work. All  divisions aim to launch a new and improved annual conference showcasing some of this innovative culture.



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