A typical day inside the Framework office, where the 5 (sometimes 6) of us sit very closely together, involves one of us swivelling around to say, “So I was thinking…” This one phrase kick starts so many of the idea sessions that drive the work we do. Whether it’s crafting blue sky plans for future projects, planning international Timeraiser events, blueprinting the expansion of the TimeraiserPlus program, or thinking up ways to improve how we share our stories, it’s always on the go — life in perpetual beta, I believe someone once called it. Learning and planning on this team tend not to wait for convenient times.
The culture of this organization is about continually looking for ways to improve. The Framework experience for me has always been centred around learning. From day one to today (almost three years later), that fact remains.
When I was approached by the Ontario Nonprofit Network (ONN) to cover Sarah Matsushita’s maternity leave, I had a difficult decision in front of me. How to leave an organization like Framework, particularly when so many great things are just around the corner? On the other hand, how to turn down an opportunity to work with a sector leader like ONN. So why not choose both? A secondment deal, then, was clearly the best choice.
That’s the great thing about working with two forward thinking organizations — great ideas are turned into action.
Want to try something new? Let’s talk it through, weigh the pros and cons; and if it still sounds like a good idea, let’s try it! And be sure, of course, to share your learnings along the way. The culture of learning is equally strong within the ONN camp as it is at Framework, so it’s the perfect fit.
This secondment is a great example of each organization’s commitment to walking the talk of shared labour strategies, and putting into action different ways of working. And as a result, I’m in the fortunate position of being able to share the excellent ways that Framework works in my time at ONN, all the while soaking up the great ways that ONN works.
This opportunity offers me a chance to grow, both professionally and personally. I’ll return to Framework on a part time basis in June 2016, full of great new ideas and ways to work. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to take a deep dive into an organization that I’ve admired for years, and come out on the other side fresh with ideas for an organization I remain committed to see thrive.
Over the next year, my colleagues and all of the great volunteers, artists, nonprofits, and partners we work with at Timeraiser will have the pleasure of working with Josh Grant, someone as passionate about the program and the work we do as we are. I have full confidence that Josh will bring his perspective and ideas to the table and grow our program to be even stronger in my absence.
Resource sharing and finding new ways to work are the way of the future for a healthy, agile, and collaborative nonprofit sector. I’m thrilled to be a part of a living, breathing example of work that’s making this goal a reality.
I’ll be in touch again along the way to share the things we’re learning along this route to better work in the sector.