In Search of Better Questions: Nonprofit Strategy from a Different Millennium

In Search of Better Questions: Nonprofit Strategy from a Different Millennium
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Susan Horowitz

Organizational Consultant and Managing Director | SVARA

We all know that Judaism has a culture of asking questions but nonprofit strategist Susan Horowitz can tell you why that demand for bigger and better questions can help us build better organizations, better ... See more

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions - incessant streams of "Why?" and "Why not?" might sound familiar - but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children estimated that 70-80% of their kids' dialogues with others were comprised of questions.

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Learning with SVARA SVARA's core learning happens in the bet midrash, a space for study partners to build a relationship with the Talmud text, with one another, and with the tradition-and to do all that in community. The learning is rigorous, yet the bet midrash environment is warm and supportive.

'To be Jewish is to ask questions'

To be Jewish is to ask questions. Our Talmud, by insisting we question, allows us to doubt. As Jews celebrate Passover with the Seder meal where traditionally the youngest person at the table asks four questions; or as I think of it, one question with four examples: What does it mean to be Jewish?

Susan  Horowitz, 

Organizational Consultant and Managing Director | SVARA

Susan Horowitz has over 20 years of experience as a management consultant working with for-profit (including Fortune 500) and non-profit organizations in the areas of organizational effectiveness, strategy development, human and organization performance, leadership, and governance.  She has worked at large and mid-size consulting firms including Accenture, KPMG Consulting, and the Hay Group. Her recent work has focused on supporting nonprofits in developing and executing on their strategies, and on strengthening and improving their organization infrastructure. Prior to consulting, Susan was a Vice President at Citibank. Susan received her M.B.A. from Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business and a Bachelor of Science, also from Tulane.