Great article (via Alberto Cottica) about the “non-contractibles” – people who won’t ever want to work for an organisation, but who are essential sources of innovation and research that your organisation needs. A clip (from How can nonprofits work with those who will never want to work for them?):
Aren’t the various forms of “new citizens” movements and social innovation assemblages – from hackathons to startup weekends, from crisismappers to restart/reboot events – all examples of “non-contractible,” talented people self-organizing because they find it difficult to imagine their skills being put to use in a “traditional” nonprofit or development organization?
I think a wider point is also true – how do political parties and movements tap into the group of people who will never want to be formal members? It’s something we’re thinking about ourselves.