How might we build a community of nonprofit innovators in Cincinnati?
United Way of Greater Cincinnati (UWGC) came to us because they weren’t making progress fast enough on their bold goals. Part of the challenge was that their partner agencies kept getting stuck trying to solve pressing community challenges without the resources to change up their strategies. To truly make an impact, United Way knew nonprofit agencies in Cincinnati needed a way to approach their work differently.
We launched Studio C with United Way of Greater Cincinnati in 2014. We developed the ongoing workshop series to teach nonprofits how to tackle complex issues using creative problem-solving methods.
As the lead facilitator and curriculum developer, our work included:
- Leading teams through a curriculum that integrates creative, leadership, and social practices
- Facilitating experiential, team-based workshops
- Coaching teams via one-on-one open studios
In its three years, dozens of organizations walked into Studio C with sticky challenges and walked away with new perspectives, fresh ideas, and more resources, tools, and connections.
2014 – 2017
Studio C gave us the tools to unpack the challenges to the problems our organization faces every day. After the process, the fixes seemed so obvious, like, ‘how did we not start here?’