Human Needs

Human Needs Translated to the Social Sector

Tony Robbins proposed there are six human needs. He defined them as follows:

1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure
2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli
3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed
4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something
5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding
6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

If we overlap the six human needs with the social sector, there are interesting alignments.

Certainly= endowment, balance budget, founder still engaged, sustainability, cautious resource allocation.

Uncertainty/Variety= Executive Director transition, new program launch, board member rotation, deficit budget, mergers, new grant application

Significance= awards, accrediation, recognition from political and business leaders, bequests, waiting list for board service, sold out programs

Connection= strategic partnership, social media followers, gala fundraiser, requests to partner with other organizations, online groups

Growth= capital campaign, hire more staff, expand geographic service area, expand board, new organizational lifecycle

Contribution= annual report, services and programs, community engagement, grants, financial aid, free programs

What would you add to the list?

Of Service

 

 

IMG_5749Being of service to others drives my decision-making.  If an opportunity exists to add value and guide change through service I am highly likely to get involved.  We all have different entry points into the causes that draw our affinity.  Seeing an opportunity to be of service fulfills basic human needs.  Tony Robbins outlined six human needs as the following:

The Six Human Needs

1. Certainty: assurance you can avoid pain and gain pleasure

2. Uncertainty/Variety: the need for the unknown, change, new stimuli

3. Significance: feeling unique, important, special or needed

4. Connection/Love: a strong feeling of closeness or union with someone or something

5. Growth: an expansion of capacity, capability or understanding

6. Contribution: a sense of service and focus on helping, giving to and supporting others

As we think about the tribes we have assembled, which needs thrive in our community?  Are we stifling any?  Are we allowing the members of the tribe to be of service and meet their needs?  Stuffing envelopes for an annual appeal may or may not allow an individual’s needs to be realized.  Being willing to have a conversation about what fulfills the people who have chosen to align themselves with an enterprise may be the most service oriented action we can take.