In “Unleashing the Power of Workarounds: A Conversation with Paulo Savaget,” we delve into the intriguing world of workarounds and their transformative potential. Savaget’s frustration with repetitive consultancy reports and his admiration for the resourcefulness of hackers ignited his exploration of alternative problem-solving approaches. Through the lens of piggybacks, loopholes, roundabouts, and next bests, Savaget demonstrates the versatility of workarounds. From leveraging existing relationships to navigating legal boundaries and disrupting normalized behaviors, workarounds offer innovative solutions. Implementing workarounds requires a cultural shift that values scrappiness and continuous improvement. Looking ahead, workarounds will play a crucial role in addressing complex challenges, particularly in sustainability. By embracing workarounds, organizations can challenge conventions, foster innovation, and redefine the boundaries of possibility.
For ages, global corporations have been lecturing small organizations and not-for-profits on how to get things done. As it turns out, it may have been better if it was the other way around. Many small organizations, such as those dedicated to social action, have made an art form out of subverting the status quo and prove themselves adept at achieving massive wins with minimal resources.