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Webcast: Innovating with Confidence Session Now Available Online

December 6, 2016

On November 26, more than 100 fundraisers gathered in a room at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to hear Lucy Gower talk about innovating with confidence. Thanks to a partnership between the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy - Canada and ViTreo Group, they were joined by 300 others from around the world who logged in to the live webcast of the session. Now you too can share in the learning by accessing the online recording of the session.

In this dynamic and interactive presentation, Lucy focused on innovation as a survival strategy for charities and shared proven tactics from successful companies, entrepreneurs and charities. We learned about the two types of innovation: incremental (tiny changes leading to innovation); and disruptive or radical (think AirBnb and Uber). She suggested that charities incorporate a key performance indicator around innovation, so that we (as organizations) can reward new ways of thinking.

One key takeaway from the session was the importance of surrounding ourselves with the right people to allow innovation to happen. You can’t do it by yourself, so you need to link up with people who will help you build on your ideas, not kill them. (Idea killers include feedback like “we tried that before,” “what’s wrong with the way we’re doing it now,” and “that will never work.”)

Lucy ended the session by suggesting that we all keep a confidence diary. When someone says something positive like “great job,” or “you did really well,” write it down. Keep that feedback handy for the times you face resistance or lose confidence.

About Lucy Gower

Lucy Gower is an accomplished trainer, coach and consultant specializing in innovation. Lucy led the first innovation team at the UK children’s charity the NSPCC. It was here that she realized that for change to happen, you need a clear purpose, the best ideas, processes and technology, and most importantly, the right people working together. Since leaving the NSPCC in 2012, Lucy has worked with over 50 organizations, including Amnesty International, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Nesta, The Children’s Society and Greenpeace, to help their teams think more clearly and work together to get better results. She is author of the best-selling book, The Innovation Workout, as well as a blogger and conference speaker. She can be found at @lucyinnovation. You can learn more about her at

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