Fast. Focused. Impactful.
Brainstorming sessions provides an opportunity for a nonprofit’s management team to explore a specific business issue or idea with a group of HBS alumni. It is helpful for new organizations still formulating their strategies, as well as established nonprofits needing to address a new opportunity or specific challenge. Using a 4-8 HBS alumni volunteers committed to a 2-hour discussion, it is a high-energy approach involving participants with relevant skill sets and experience.
The focus question is a single, clearly-defined challenge or new idea or a group of related issues not requiring additional research in order to comment or add value. Examples include:
- Ways to increase the organization’s visibility and reach
- Articulating the value proposition
- Feedback on an organization’s “pitch.”
- Tactical marketing ideas
Typical format of a Brainstorm Session:
- The organization provides some brief background materials at least 2 weeks in advance to help prepare the participants to engage in a discussion focused on the brainstorming topic.
- The organization provides a simple meal (lunch or dinner) for the participants.
- The organization provides a meeting space at a convenient location.
Typical structure of a Brainstorm Session:
- Introduction – 15 minutes (bios will be distributed in advance)
- Brief Overview of the Organization by Client – 15 minutes
- Open Discussion/Brainstorming – 90 minutes
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