“Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” Edwin Land
Everything 49 builds and supports requires: 1) a deep, unbiased, fact-driven understanding of a problem, 2) identifying a clear set of targets and goals for solutions at scale, 3) understanding who is already effectively carrying out pathways towards those goals (or not. where are the gaps?), and 4) identifying what kind of capital and support needs to be deployed.
We will never enter an issue area without rigorous due diligence, which involves research, interviews, meetings and, very often, multi-stakeholder convenings. Such convenings are always steeped in a high degree of radical honesty and challenging ideas in order to get to pragmatic truths.