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Josh Stearns
More funders need to be talking about this. We have to think about how “scaling” can incentivize unhealthy growth, and value the wrong metrics for success (reach vs relationships, spread vs stickiness)
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Josh Stearns 27 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
We understandably want great ideas to spread, we urgently need new ways of doing things to be shared, but too often these impulses can lead us towards one-size-fits-all solutions and extractive methods that undercut the long-term changes we want to see.
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Jim Friedlich 27 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
Yes, but...In full agreement with and others- a fixation on scale can have unintended consequences. At the same time the sheer scope of the crisis in local news suggests big & bold action, and solutions at scale. “Horses for courses” as the Brits say.
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Josh Stearns 27 May 19
Replying to @JimFriedlich
I think the problem becomes when the only model for big and bold action is “scale” there are many other models for growth, change, sharing, and transformation. We absolutely must rise to the scope of the challenge and should embrace many models in our response.
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Ruby knows why Cassandra lost her mind 27 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
We have funders that won't fund critical organizing work until a month before they want it to happen. Nonprofits with the ability to organize lots of people also have to have a plan, but it's not possible with these last-minute funds making us run around with our hair on fire.
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Josh Stearns 27 May 19
Replying to @Ruby
That creates a feast and famine cycle of funding that is antithetical to building long term strength and trustworthy relationships needed for the long haul.
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Andrew Haeg 26 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
This. Deep impact with 100 people is far greater and more valuable than a fly by experience for 1000.
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Ju-Don Marshall 26 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
Yes!
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Amy L. Kovac-Ashley 26 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
Indeed! I have started to cringe every time I hear the word, “scale,” which is often said with waaaaay too much unbridled enthusiasm.
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Future of Music Coalition 27 May 19
Replying to @jcstearns
Scale and the problems of scale (bad incentives and practical impossibility for most) is the piece of the audio delivery marketplace that is perhaps most missing from discussions about emerging business models.
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Jeremy Klaszus 27 May 19
Oh man I have thoughts on this. As a recipient of a large FB grant, I agree with you 100%. Felt like I was forever explaining why I wasn't taking to scale. Being anti-scale can be a strength.
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