We talked with Mikele about her passion for persistent problems in the 3rd sector.
- Why do you think it is important to work with persistent problems and the 3rd sector? “First, I should say that I think there is an abundance of complex issues in society that would be interesting and important to work with. What I find particularly interesting about persistent problems is that neither the problem nor the solution necessarily is clear or stable. Yet these issues affect every one of us. The “fluid” nature of persistent problems means that stakeholders are forced to work in new ways, because tackling these issues implies working with more than one societal sector. This is where 3rd sector organizations enter the picture as important stakeholders, as they have a unique ability to bridge between the state, market and communities.”
- Why do you enjoy working with persistent problems and the 3rd sector? “I find it immensely rewarding to work with these issues and clients, because it means that I find myself in the intersection between sectors. As a consultant here at Monitor Deloitte, I have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, clients from all sectors. Each sector has many great things to offer, and I think we can create massive value for all those involved if we strive to learn from one another. Through my work, I hope to contribute to an improved collaboration between stakeholders in different sectors.”
- What is the most interesting project you have worked on? “That’s a tough one. I have done a lot of interesting strategy projects for different foundations and NGOs. I think my most interesting project is (almost!) always my current one. For instance, one of my current projects is what we call “The Partnership Journey”, a concept we have developed in order to help NGO’s improve partnerships with businesses. This deals with one of the topics I am most interested in – the intersection of sectors – and allows me to apply my experience of how the private sector works in order to improve business opportunities for NGOs.”