As a kid growing up in the south, I know the 3 F's in life very well.......Faith, Family, and Football. So just as much as it will pain you to read this, it hurts me twice is much to have to write it. However, the facts are the facts. As a social innovation firm, it is our job to fix problems in organizations from small businesses to school districts. Before we do anything, we must first diagnose the problem. This may not seem like great timing for this, with the season starting this week, but...

I know that what I am about to say is akin to pedagogical blaspheme but hear me out.  Being "data-driven" is starting to drive us nuts!  There...I said it. First there was an emphasis on data-driven decision-making, which is a necessary component of effective schooling.  As we began to delve into "data-driven instruction" and "data-driven testing," the slippery slope we were on should have become apparent.  Last week, the phrase "data-driven results" stopped me in my tracks. I mean, what does t...

One day, while glancing through my Facebook feed, I came across a very amusing video from the 80's (I think). It was a man dancing in an attempt to advertise his salon which specialized in Jheri curls. There is a shot that shows him dancing in front of the Arch in St. Louis, and it prompted me to call people in St. Louis to ask for an explanation. They all told the same story: this business was hugely successful but slowly started to decline and eventually went out of business. In the 80's, the...