Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards

My article on the Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards appeared on

Nonprofit Innovation Awards celebrate innovation (and failure) in Calgary

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Written by:Nikki Reimer

September 18, 2012
More about: GovernanceLeadershipManagement,


At the second annual Calgary Nonprofit Innovation Awards on September 13, Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO)Vice President of Programs and OperationsMichael Grogan admitted that innovation is “the most overused word in the organizational lexicon these days.” According to Grogan, the problem with the word innovation is that it’s easy to romanticize or to call something innovative once it’s already been successful.

“Innovation might be a process” and “glorious failure” is just as valuable as success; “Innovation and change don’t just happen. Slow progress is still progress. It’s not glamorous or sexy, but it is more powerful.”

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