NOTHING IS MORE EXCITING — OR SCARY — THAN CHANGE. 

Even powerful, established institutions can falter when the assumptions of their world fall away.

Even a small, scrappy organization can achieve great success if it catches hold of a big change before everyone else.

I’ve built a career helping organizations and their leaders think about this kind of fundamental change. With curiosity and candor, I help them come to terms with what’s happening to their world — whether they’re the ones instigating the change or whether they’re just trying to cope.

In particular, I am an authority in helping people and organizations understand changes in social norms and how they can use them to design a better future.

As an Innovator-in-Residence at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, I helped create the nation’s first doctoral program in social innovation. I also tackled dozens of entrenched problems facing organizations as a principal of Insight Labs and GreenHouse: The Center of Social Innovation.

 

WHAT I’M UP TO NOW…

I’m working as a external adviser for nursing strategy with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The premise of my engagement is that nurses are essential to building a society where everyone has a chance to be healthy. Specially, I am helping figure out how we can tap into nurses’ experience and insight to better understand their patients’ unmet needs. As the son of one of the nation’s first nurse practitioners, it’s a dream gig. I also bring to the job my experience helping develop the Department of Nursing at USC, where my work “Health Plus Social” shaped the department’s emphasis on the social determinants of health.

Earlier this year I also formally joined USC faculty as a Lecturer in the Department of Social Change and Innovation. In this capacity, I teach several courses in the advanced practice doctoral program, all of which are focused on helping students turn their ideas for social change into workable projects.

Finally, I am continuing my long-time intellectual collaboration with Jeff Leitner, developing our work on changing social norms into tools anyone can use. To learn more, check out our book See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems. This book is just one way we’re helping folks learn to create sustainable change — to learn more, please contact me.

 

WORKING WITH ME…

If you’re interested in learning more about how to work with me, drop me a line at andrew@albnelson.com. I don’t really do social media anymore, but you can also find me on Twitter and LinkedIn if you so desire.