Exploring the idea
Theologian L. Gregory Jones, the dean of Duke Divinity School, writes that sustainable design depends on a logic of abundance, namely, that vibrant institutions are responsive to God’s abundant provision in creation.
To enable growth, a leader needs to understand an institution’s “soul” and be willing to prune anything that doesn’t contribute to its thriving, Jones writes.
Leadership adviser Laura Nichol shows how organizations can generate greater financial capital by focusing attention also, and to an extent more determinatively, on other forms of capital simultaneously.
Seeing the Idea in Practice
Dubuque, Iowa, is striving to become a model of sustainability as part of an IBM public-private partnership. To do that, citizens, businesses and other institutions have been changing their behavior on a grand scale. Read more »
Gary Shorb, the CEO of Memphis’ Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, decided more than 10 years ago that to become more mission-driven as a church-related health system, his institution needed to decide what to stop doing and reallocate its resources. The result? Enhanced networks connecting people throughout Memphis with services from midwives to hospice and a more proactive and holistic focus on health throughout the community. Read more »
Good Works in Appalachian Ohio offers a shelter, long-term transitional housing, meals, a visitation program connecting seniors and young people, and help with household projects. But even more striking are the relationships within this close-knit community and the circle of giving and receiving that seems to touch all involved, from those assisted to the 25-member staff to the 1,100-person volunteer corps.
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