What is Exponential Growth for SoFA?
One of the most interesting parts for me is adapting the concepts and information in Exponential Organizations to our even more mission based use case.
The book, as far as I can remember doesn’t fine the measure of growth explicitly, but references primarily income, but also company size and customer base as measures.
As a nonprofit, and also a social change organization in general, it would make sense that our measures may differ.
Usually nonprofits report on their impact, and I think it’s clear that SoFA’s measure, would be impact, with proxy measures also being budget and organizational size.
It’s normal for nonprofits to report impact on 990’s - things like: # of people served in various ways, # of volunteer hours, etc - along side financial information of course.
I’m excited to see SoFA’s tracking of this improve, and it would make sense for us to integrate it into OKRs, which can feed directly into our 990 narrative.
So what is SoFA’s MTP?
I’m a fan of:
changing the way the world makes decisions together
Although SoFA is a sociocratic orgniazation, I think the word gets in the way a bit. Really, we’re sharing not just a consent based paradigm for decision making (and that can’t get lost!), but also skills and tools, largely soft skills, but it could also be very practical tools to empower that. It’s a badly needed thing!
I notice that the primary benefit of an MTP, other than being mission based (which SoFA already is), is its broadness and flexibility that allows companies to dynamically shift to wherever the energy is and do what’s most needed and most feasible, rather than being stuck in a vision. I see this poential for SoFA as well - for instance, leveraging platforms and skills to share the fundamental mission, and make the practice easier, while reaching a broader audience.
These are some particular thoughts I’m most excited about for SoFA