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Springboard Innovation
May 7, 2009

Springboard Innovation is to me the greatest gift that any of us would-be social change-agents could have. I was a 'student' in Springboard's Local Agenda program. It is a content rich, very supportive program. Those leading the program drew on their various experiences including:- experiential course design, non-profit founding and going through the Local Agenda program themselves. When we were fumbling and bumbling around with vague ideas I witnessed Amy Pearl, Executive Director, time after time, collapse those ideas into short, firm pictures. What a joy to us. Paul Osterlund, a Local Agenda graduate, was able to identify with us when we gritted our teeth in the most difficult part ... having to learn to stand up infront of others and verbalize what motivated us to embark on the journey that would lead us to found non-profit organizations. Springboard took us step-by-step through a process that is necessary but so hard to do on one's own. The support of a cohort group is invaluable. There's nothing like watching other people go through the same difficulties that you are grappling with and come out with detailed projects at the end. Throughout the process the Springboard staff, Board members and advisers were there to give us support. I'll bet alot of us were delighted and surprised that we accomplished what we did by the end of the course. We found talents within ourselves that we never knew we had. We simply would not have done that without Springboard. It gave us the courage to keep on keeping on. I would say that at this topsy turvy time of our lives, when we are 'It', if we ever want to see the kind of society about which we dream, Springboard is a model that needs to be copied many, many times over.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of fellow graduates of Springboard's Local Agenda program that have gone on to found non-profits and move to listing their projects with Springboard's ChangeXchange iniative.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality of the various components ... experiential course, access to needed expertise, pushing and shoving when we may very well have given up problem-solving.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nicely varied and all very capable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate it's Local Agenda program all over this country.

Ways to make it better...

Hard to say as the steep road has caused me to focus on the accomplishments and rise every time I fell.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I founded a Non-Profit organization.

Springboard Innovation
May 7, 2009

Springboard Innovation is to me the greatest gift that any of us would-be social change-agents could have. I was a 'student' in Springboard's Local Agenda program. It is content rich. Those leading the program drew on their various experiences including:- experiential course design, non-profit founding and going through the Local Agenda program themselves. When we were fumbling and bumbling around with vague ideas I witnessed Amy Pearl collapse those ideas into short, firm pictures, time after time. What a joy to us. Paul Osterlund was able to identify with us when we gritted our teeth in the most difficult part ... having to learn to stand up infront of others and verbalize what motivated us to embark on the journey that would lead us to found non-profit organizations. Springboard took us step-by-step through a process that is necessary but so hard to do on one's own. The support of a cohort group is invaluable. There's nothing like watching other people go through the same difficulties that you are grappling with and come out with detailed projects at the end. Throughout the process the Springboard staff, Board members and advisers were there to give us support. I'll bet alot of us were delighted and surprised that we accomplished what we did by the end of the course. We found talents within ourselves that we never knew we had. We simply would not have done that without Springboard. It gave us the courage to keep on keeping on. I would say that at this topsy turvy time of our lives, when we are 'It', if we ever want to see the kind of society about which we dream, Springboard is a model that needs to be copied many, many times over.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The number of fellow graduates of Springboard's Local Agenda program that have gone on to found non-profits and move to listing their projects with Springboard's ChangeXchange iniative.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More feedback

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the high quality of the various components ... experiential course, access to expertise that we needed along the way, pushing and shoving when we may very well have given in to challenges,

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Nicely varied and all very capable people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Duplicate it's Local Agenda program all over this country.

Ways to make it better...

Hard to say as the steep road has caused me to focus on the accomplishments and rise every time I fell.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I founded a Non-Profit organization.