The Four Change Boosters
We have identified “Four Change Boosters” that are central to the innovation process. As you move from prototype to pilot to model, these Boosters will help you to (1) collect and utilize data; (2) tap into the power of social connectors to build stronger relationships; (3) better communicate your story and listen to ideas of your stakeholders; and (4) reflect on what you have learned and consider how to build on your experience.
Overview | Data | Social Connections | Communication | Reflection
Data makes the case for innovation. It provides decision-makers and participants with indicators and evidence that desired outcomes are being achieved. As such, it serves to prove the positive difference the new model is making which then becomes a driver of expanded innovation. Also, keeping good records of decision-making provides a paper (or digital) trail that you can refer back to when it is time for future leadership to step in.
Leveraging Social Connections is too often overlooked as a determinant of success. Tapping into existing social networks among your families can likely provide a willing base of participants. Identifying social “connectors” can help expand that base. By building and expanding personal relationships among your participants you can graft Jewish experiences into the narratives of their lives. By listening to the stories and dreams of your participants you can create meaningful experiences for them which will, in turn, convert them into your most enthusiastic cheerleaders and owners.
Communication needs to be two-way and continual. Letting the congregation and leadership know how things are proceeding as well as sharing with them reactions from participants builds pride and ownership. Inviting feedback and reactions strengthens interest and support.
Reflection requires that you step back periodically and put your activity and efforts into a bigger and broader context. It asks you to see what you are doing through different eyes. Reflective thinking helps clarify what need to be the next steps to sustain your innovation. Your emerging insights in how and what to innovate will be crucial to communicate with others in your congregation (e.g. teachers, families, boards).