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Heather Hiscox

Founder and CEO at Pause for Change
Tucson, Arizona, 85717

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Company Name
Pause for Change
Founder and CEO
Short Description
Pause for Change is challenging the sector to change the way WE change the world by centering Empathy, Equity, and Experimentation in how we address social problems.
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Email Address
2100 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, Arizona, 85717
United States
Size of Organization Staff
1 Person

About Me and My Work

What kinds of projects, tasks, or challenges do you typically partner with nonprofits on?
The PAUSE Method is a proprietary methodology that helps nonprofit, local government, and philanthropic organizations address difficult challenges and pursue promising opportunities. Using skills centered in empathy, equity, and experimentation, organizations gain certainty about which solutions will work, and why, using fewer resources in less time, while achieving greater impact.

The P.A.U.S.E. method is a set of simple, efficient, and effective problem-solving skills that you can use now and later to address any area of uncertainty. The P.A.U.S.E. skills were designed based on learning and iterating with organizations all across the country for nearly a decade. These skills contain the best of design thinking, lean experimentation, and are infused with principles of social justice and equity.

These skills are also informed by some of the world’s leading-edge changemakers and social impact designers who are featured twice a month on my talk show, Possibility Project (www.possibilityproject.org)
Why would someone choose to work with you?
By learning new skills, you can address difficult challenges and pursue promising opportunities
- In less time
- For less money than traditional methods
- Create deeper impact
- Increase creativity, commitment, and connection to yourself, your colleagues, your community, and your work

In two days some organizations have had more progress than they’ve made working on a challenge for multiple years.

By 12-weeks teams have uncovered the breadth and depth of a challenge or opportunity, and most know what to build (and not), and why.

Leaders are usually stunned by the level of advanced teamwork, accelerated learning, and the depth of root-cause insights achieved in such a short time.

Most organizations save a minimum of $100,000 and countless resources and staff time, not building solutions that nobody wanted.

Organizations that fast-tracked possibilities or discovered solutions that were never on their radar, have benefited from:
- new revenue streams
- angel investment
- increased grant funding
- improved retention
- increased recruitment
- healthy collaborations

A majority of the staff and organizations that have learned this approach, are:
- still using the skills years later
- have advanced in their careers
- been highlighted to speak about their success at conferences
- have referred others
- have returned for more

These are essential skills that should be applied before you:
- write your next grant
- form your next coalition
- design your next program
- begin strategic planning
- pursue “change management” approaches
Key words and additional details
innovation, change management, systems change, problem-solving, equity, disruption, new skills, empathy, experimentation