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- ❌ How to Fail Every Time + New Jobs
❌ How to Fail Every Time + New Jobs
In this email…
Charlie Munger’s inversion thinking
News: 33 leaders on the dangers of AI; Students in special education has doubled; Schools expand arts education; and Giving is going up, but not in the States
Jobs from Pearson, OneGoal, and Aspire Chicago.
Charlie Munger once said, "I want to know where I will fail so I can avoid it." This quote holds an important lesson - think backward to uncover potential problems before moving forward.
Instead of focusing only on the end goal, consider how you could fail. By understanding possible pitfalls, you can better avoid them.
For example, when trying to inspire creativity, don't just look for creative exercises. Also, look for things that might unintentionally stifle creativity and avoid them.
This "inversion thinking" works for any problem. Viewing issues from both forward and backward directions can uncover assumptions and help you gain a deeper understanding. It pushes you to think differently and find unconventional solutions.
Inversion thinking helps anticipate challenges. It encourages critical thinking from multiple angles. Incorporating it into your mindset can enhance problem-solving, innovation, and collaboration.
In summary, Munger's inverted thinking is a valuable tool. By considering pitfalls and flipping problems backward and forwards, you can uncover assumptions, expect challenges, and find better solutions.
How to have a terrible donor meeting
Here's a little practice. Check out these six rules to ruin a donor meeting every time.
Do 5 minutes of research on your donor before the meeting
During the meeting, talk the whole time
Criticize the donor's other investments and explain why you are smarter
Use industry-specific jargon to describe your work
Assume the motivation and intention of the person is always the same as the broader foundation's motives
Foster a connection based solely on your grant or organization
I know these seem silly, but it’s incredibly valuable.
In the news…
33 Leaders Standing Up to Big Tech in the Age of A.I. Philanthropy, 33 leaders make a case for the dangers of AI.
The Number of Students in Special Education Has Doubled in the Past 45 Years, Education Week. The number of students in special education in the United States has doubled over the past four decades, creating a rising share of public school kids who need special education services.
Schools aim to enrich students by expanding culturally responsive arts education, NPR. Some schools are expanding their art and music class offerings beyond the usual — to make room for art that reflects their students' cultural heritage.
Global Generosity Skyrocketed Last Year but Less so in the U.S., Barron’s.
A report based on a GivingTuesday research collaboration delivered hopeful news on global generosity, finding that 83.6% of people worldwide donated to others in some way last year.
Executive Director, Bay Area at OneGoal
Senior Vice President of Operations at Aspire Chicago
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Til next time,