On Wed, Feb. 3, two representatives from the Monitor Institute presented futurist thinking for the social sector on behalf of B+I’s +Impact Studio. Professor Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks interviewed Jenn Holk, Strategy Manager at the Monitor Institute at Deloitte and Apoorva Kanneganti (MBA ’19), Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting. The Monitor Institute by Deloitte is a team that works with social impact-focused organizations. Ms. Holk and Ms. Kanneganti worked on a report showing tools for scenario planning.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an environment of hyper-uncertainty for social sector organizations, as the economic crisis has weakened funders and nonprofits even as the demand for their assistance is skyrocketing. Many funders and non-profits have completed their initial round of emergency response to the crisis, but they are struggling to contemplate what they should do next. To help social sector leaders confront this challenge, the Monitor Institute by Deloitte is using the tools of scenario planning—the well-tested methodology for thinking about the future pioneered by Deloitte’s Global Business Network group—to help both funders and operating nonprofits get on their front foot in preparing for the landscape on the other side of the COVID-19 crisis. While it isn’t possible to predict the future, this report provides funders and operating nonprofits with an understanding of the tools that can help them think about the critical uncertainties of the moment, reckon with the new “certainties” emerging from the pandemic, and think about how their strategies might (or might not) fit the different possible futures that may emerge in the coming months and years ahead.
Below are key resources from this event:
- Download “COVID-19 Scenario Planning Report” (.pdf)
- Watch Webinar event recording (.mp4)
- Podcast Interview (coming soon!)