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.


Written by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.