COMMUNITY ACTION’S INNOVATION STORY
The move from a traditional, funder-driven, programmatic organizational culture to an integrated, progressive, and experimental culture has required tremendous innovation. Our leadership group created a wide variety of interactive events and activities to help demonstrate both need and value for change. Our products included a group activity that helped visually separate all our existing programs and services and demonstrate that, by themselves, none of them was truly effective at helping families escape poverty. We also produced a popular simulation experience called “Silos N Bundles” that conveys the value of wraparound services versus “one-and-done” transactional services. Silos N Bundles has been unexpectedly popular with staff, the board, and even other Community Action Agencies.