This is not your average board training.
Dan invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days, which raised over half a billion dollars in nine years and were the subject of one of the first Harvard Business School case studies on social enterprise. His 2013 TED talk on philanthropy is one of the 100 most-viewed TED talks of all time.
His book, "Uncharitable," is the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review said that it, "deserves to become the nonprofit sector's new manifesto." He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review online. He is widely credited with changing the national conversation about impact and overhead in charity in America.
Sadly, dreaming can often be seen as a liability in the nonprofit sector. Something could go wrong, and we perceive that as a potential violation of our fiduciary duty. And convention ridicules. It tells us that dreams are sophomoric, silly – idealistic distractions. The training will show you that dreams are the most sophisticated, catalytic forces known to humanity. Where convention says it’s an organization’s duty to its donors to lower overhead, the training will show you how that mindset becomes a self-limiting obstacle to your true potential to achieve your real mission and deliver the impact donors really want.
The training is based on the idea that a dream, taken seriously – underline, "taken seriously," – is the most sophisticated thing known to humankind. It will take you and your organization to a place you may never have given yourselves permission to dream of going, but where you always wanted to be. It’s the serious conversation that typical nonprofit board trainings avoid. It will align, liberate and uplift. It will allow you to take responsibility for your own potential and create the possibilities that attracted you to this work in the first place. It is a hurricane of fresh air in what can be a suffocating paradigm of traditional thought.
That's why we ask people to commit the better part of a day. It's a day that you'll never forget. And while you're coming in order to create new possibilities for the charitable organization you serve, you may well find that the training gets you thinking more boldly about other areas of your life as well.
First, traditional board trainings begin and end with issues of governance and fiduciary duty. Staff trainings focus on best practices within the current operating paradigm. Those things are critical, of course, but should not be an end unto themselves. They should be a means to a far greater end. The Bolder Board Training begins where others end. It’s a counter-intuitive experience for organizations that are serious about impact, and about creating a future based on what’s possible, instead of what has happened in the past.
Second, you're not isolated with your own board. You're with a diverse community of board members that cross geography, demography and issues. You learn from a variety of perspectives and challenges, share ideas and insights, and even meet new friends.
Each of us has powerful moments of insight when we see into our own greatness and the potential greatness of our organizations. We realize that there is no reason we can't perform at the level of those iconic organizations we most idolize. In those moments, we know that this is who we really are and these are the things we're meant to do. The training will help you take action to turn those flashes of vision into reality.
It's divided into two separate sessions on liberation and innovation. First, we’ll look at the anachronistic constraints under which most nonprofit organizations operate, so that you can become conscious of just how much they hold you and your team back. Because once you’re conscious of a pattern or system that has been holding you back, you can be free of it. In the second part of the training, we’ll take a counter-intuitive look at innovation. We’ll demystify the whole idea of it in a way that makes it much more accessible to you. What you’ll be left with is the opportunity to create a new possibility for your work and your organization and all those you serve.
Organizations report dramatic changes in the way they operate in these areas: