Be Free to Innovate

I ate at a Chinese restaurant recently for lunch, and when I cracked open my fortune cookie (it’s tradition, right?), the message revealed a gem that fits perfectly into the work of the United Way HUB for Social Innovation.

“Try something new and different. You will like the results.”

How often do those of us in the social sector fear change? We spend years building services and programs that we feel make a significant difference in the lives of others. And then we continue doing those same services year after year after year. The old adage plays in to this…”If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”
But what happens if (or when) the community changes around us? Or the services that we once championed are not producing the same results that they once did? What if we begin to hear from the community members that our services aren’t working for them or they experience some gaps in the care they are wanting to receive from you.
It's at this moment that innovation is ripe for consideration.  As the United Way continues to lay the building blocks to the foundation of The Hub, one of the key reminders at the forefront of our “blueprints” is to ensure that we are building a platform (both a physical space and the services of support) where our community (including those in the nonprofit sector) can embrace creative exploration for the purpose of positive change. One of the HUB’s key purposes is to serve as an opportunity for the community to come together to explore new, innovative ways to move the needle on our big social challenges.
But, in order for this truly to happen, our nonprofit community leaders will need to step into, at times, an uncomfortable space of trying something new and different. And if they do, the results for our community may just indeed be something our community will truly like.
Come explore with us at the UWGC HUB for Social Innovation.

If you are intrigued and want to learn more , don’t hesitate to reach out to me at patrickmiles@ventureforwardnow.orgLet’s get creative together!


Patrick Miles

As the Director of the United Way Hub for Social Innovation, Patrick helps collaborative teams develop creative strategies to tackle some of our community’s toughest issues.

Patrick has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector with direct involvement in development, strategic planning, communications, marketing, special event planning, and community engagement.

He is an alumnus of Indiana University and is avid Arsenal supporter.