Aim for the Possible


Beneficial Effective (2)

To aim for the Possible is to work effectively, with beneficial intentions, so that you have beneficial outcomes for as many people (and other beings) as possible. Practitioners in the Cultural sector tend to have big imaginations and high standards, yet are working under a lot of constraints, so it will feel extremely hard to be in the Ideal zone.

When funding is short, it can seem as if the biggest challenge is to maintain your capacity to be effective. However, this can take away focus from being beneficial, which can mean tipping into harmful activities without even noticing.


Use the tool above to work through the following questions:

  1. Where are we now on this matrix? When or in what areas of our work are we less at the Possible target than we would like?
  2. If we could be working at the Possible target, what would this look like? What is the most beneficial we can manage to be? Use the table below as a general guide to the most extreme ends of the Beneficial or Harmful spectrum.
  3. What do we need to change in order to aim for the Possible?

beneficial & harmful