ReachScale began with two questions: 1) Why are there no globally scaled social enterprises? With thousands of awards, fellowships, grants, investments and competitions, not one social enterprise has becomme a household name. 2) Can a network be built that identifies the social enterprises that should be scaled and then assist in scaling them globally? That is our work, to make that happen.
The social enterprise sector is a massive source of innovation. But more to the point, it is a primary source of innovators and innovations solving the world's most intractable challenges. Global corporations have moved from having no relationship with these innovators to endorsing their words and sometimes their actual work. ReachScale believes "corporate responsibility" will be redefined by global corporations and governments as they become the strategic scaling partners for these new solutions.
When ReachScale network began five years ago, the word "scale" was seldom used by leaders. Today it is front and center. Achieving scale requires three shifts in the core assumptions that drive current organizations: 1) Resource decisions must be vetted and consolidated to support the most innovative solutions; 2) Understanding that scale is never achieved by beginning with measurement, and 3) Significant resources must be moved from unstainable to sustainable models and solutions.
The UN is launching new goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals: The Sustainable Development Goals. While "sustainable" is a welcome word change, the current methods for obtaining and allocating resources do not typically result in funding or scaling of sustainable solutions. Sustainable development needs sustainable models, and billions of dollars must be moved from their current unsustainable deployment to make that happen.
The world is massively over invested in organizations and massively under invested in networks. Purpose-built networks align the efforts of leaders and organizations around common actions and goals. When work is coordinated in this way, achieving "network-effects" becomes more likely. ReachScale is demonstrating that the superior visibility of purpose-built networks exposes superior innovations and then enables them to scale globally.
Visibility flows from nodes and connections that see beyond organizations and their silows. Network effects and global visibility must be the obsession of purpose-built network leaders.
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Envisioning is the first step in a four phase process that changes the way good is grown. This step is about looking at resources, opportunities, challenges, processes and talent with a new set of eyes. “Unlearning” is the term used by Hamel and Prahalad in their influential book, Competing for the Future. Think of brainstorming with the edges of your social network; then invite your edges to invite their edges.
New eyes, unlearning and edgestorming often lead to a search party. Seek out people who are thought catalysts–the ones who can experiment instead of just plan, ask questions instead of just answer. Then search for underutilized resources, challenges that connect across sectors and ecosystems, networks with common action agendas or purposes, and create something with hybrid vigor.
Caring flows out of Envisioning. Think of it as the irresistible desire to delve into a newly seen opportunity. And when you explore with colleagues at the edges (a process described under Envisioning) you experience the excitement of exchanging views with your own open source opportunity committee.
The Envisioning phase presents possible connections, actions, missions and outcomes. Caring research and conversations further expose underutilized assets and stakeholders. Each of these connects to networks, resources and concepts where interconnections and capabilities expand under the caring lens—intersections of the new and the good that become mutually multiplicative.
Caring is also a domain of heightened awareness and focus. As Envisioning expands your thinking outward, Caring is an inward journey, the intensification of commitment to an undertaking that is still forming.
Aspects of Connecting are usually at work even before the Envisioning process begins. Participation, exposure to new positions, assumptions and hierarchies, seeing something with fresh eyes–these are all qualities of a Connecting state of mind.
As the third phase of this process, Connecting builds on network theory to find and mobilize resources, opportunities, people and communities. We are just beginning to comprehend the potential that exists in the burgeoning social networks that are continually expanding in every direction.
Increasingly the explorations into Connecting are leading to unexpected synchronicities and deep commonalities. While many only use their networks to search for jobs, the real opportunities far exceed that rudimentary task. As more people come to see what Connecting can be, the potential will explode exponentially.
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
David Wilcox founded ReachScale to align the social advocacy goals of corporations with high potential social entrepreneurs working in areas of common interest. Creating ReachScale was a personal response to finding so many exciting and visionary social entrepreneurs with scalable impact models that lacked an organic path to funding and growth. By coupling the talent, leadership and financial resources of leading corporations with the innovative, high impact social enterprises, underutilized resources and the networks of both ecosystems are catalyzed.
Wilcox has brought idea-driven and creative advocacy to his work with start ups, Fortune 50s and non profits. He has been a CEO, CMO and head of business development (among other positions) for a number of firms including technology start ups, consulting, think tanks and digital enterprises. With a hybrid background in business and social consciousness, he is currently focusing on global affordable housing and education initiatives.
A long time resident of Brookline Massachusetts (near Boston), Wilcox has traveled extensively and speaks fluent Spanish. He has an MBA from Harvard and a family of three children who remind him frequently that he doesn’t know the coolest slang, in English or in Spanish, and that he should wear a helmet when he rides his bike.
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