An innovative ministry at Houston’s Westbury UMC is like a fragile plant that needs time to grow, says the bishop of the UMC Texas Annual Conference.
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Lean Lab events focus on asking questions and coming up with solutions from people at the bottom of the flowchart, an approach that has helped open up a large institution to new ideas.
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By encouraging innovation, The Lean Lab shows that change is possible even in large institutions. The nonprofit is creating an interdisciplinary community among people who often feel isolated and expected to do the impossible.
Paul S. Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, visits with students in a school supported by the foundation, which works with community members, state and local governments, and other institutions to improve health and vitality of greater Boston.
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The Boston Foundation envisions its role as more than just a philanthropy; it also serves as a civic leader, says the foundation president in this Q&A.
In a time when congregations and related institutions need to experiment to make the work more sustainable, we need to discern which innovations to nurture. The discernment process starts with a simple question: Why?
Sometimes the most mundane changes can unleash innovation and creativity, says a University of Illinois physics professor. Here's what happened when his department changed how it teaches introductory courses.
Universities and religious institutions can work together to solve problems in their local communities, says a national leader on public engagement in higher education.
A Christian leader reflects on what it took to create a satellite seminary campus in Charlotte, N.C.: planning, strategy – and prayer.
A map of Seagrove, N.C., shows that it is a thriving community whose potters are bound together by traditioned innovation, the desire to work together and a love of their craft. Do our institutions need maps that show the relationships, ideas and priorities that define us?