About

Coffee ShopI’m a 30 year old with a desire to help change the world.  I love waking up each day to a new adventure with my wife Meredith.

My strengths are in organizational leadership, architecting systems, managing projects  and solving problems (occasionally stirring the pot to create more).  My background is in computer science (University of Waterloo).  I believe strongly that leadership is influence and that strong leadership is critical to seeing the kind of change we need in the world.

I’ve tried to live by William Carey’s advice, “Attempt great things for God, expect great results from God”.  I work for a large, global non-profit that does the same.

I lead an operations team that spans from the east coast to the west coast and connect daily with partners around the globe.  I get excited that from my home office, I can help a non-profit thrive in having a global impact.

Q: Why this blog, Double Derivative?

A: Acceleration is the rate at which something speeds up or slows down.  Using calculus, acceleration can be found by computing the second derivative of a function.

For non-profit causes to succeed, it is crucial they are able to adapt quickly to changes in their environment.  Increasingly, adapting quickly means having agile processes, infrastructure and technology stacks in place to provide the capacity to accomplish the mission.

Non-profits need operational leaders (not managers) who will courageously chart the course in making mission success possible.  People in operations (finance, IT, legal, event operations, logistics) are traditionally seen as a cost center or a necessary evil in running a non-profit.

The Double Derivative blog is about developing the leadership potential in the operational divisions of non-profits and moving it from the back office to the front line of mission control and success.

Q: Who is your target audience?

A: My audience is three-fold.

Operational Leaders – This blog is for leaders and forward thinkers, especially for people who want to challenge the status-quo.  This blog is for people that like to think (or get paid to think) about how operations can contribute to the mission success of a non-profit.  It’s for people who want to see infrastructure and technology enable the mission of a non-profit.

Global – I have lived in various parts of Asia and traveled to five continents within the last 18 months.  This has helped me establish a network of operational friends around the world.   Many of my ideas and ponderings flow from my interactions with these fellow warriors.  Since my job involves thinking with a global scope, I will naturally write with a global audience in mind.

Christians – As a Christian, who spends his best waking hours trying to help others discover Jesus, specifically students, my content will naturally appeal to people with a similar mission, however, the principles should apply to non-profits of any cause.

Russ’ Posts at the Re-Think Blogference

The posts on this site are my own personal opinions. They are not read or approved by Power to Change before posting and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of Power to Change or its affiliates.

2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Russ,

    I’m a fellow college ministry blogger and I’d like to subscribe to your blog via RSS. I tried clicking on subscribe at the top of the page and just got a page full of html text. Is there any way I could get the RSS feed link? Thanks!

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