Is that where we are with Cafe Momentum? No! We have a lot of work to do to execute and refine our model, validate our theory of change, grow our community and define our innovation. Our aspirations are high. Innovation has become an overused word, so we need to be clear on what it means to us. When we are talking about innovation we look to the Rockefeller Foundation's definition to inspire us to shoot high.
There we go. That is what we are shooting for. But you'll be pleased to know that even as we work with our various strategic partners to innovate, we are also thinking about how we can move quickly to impact. Because while we know that every single guy we help counts and is worth all our effort, we are not satisfied to leave all the other young men and women behind. So while we work, build, promote, convene, dine, celebrate, and give thanks, we are striving from day one to clear the pathway on this particular entrenched social problem.At the Rockefeller Foundation, we defineinnovation as a break from previous practice,occurring when different points of view orexisting practices are framed, imagined, orcombined in new ways. Innovation succeedswhen it creates new pathways for solvingentrenched social problems, resulting inlasting transformation of the systems thatmost affect vulnerable populations and leavestronger social relationships in their wake.
And we are glad you are coming along with us.