What’s With the Serious Faces All the Time?

I was interviewing a candidate to join our Web team at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation several years back, and he asked me a question I didn’t get from any other candidates: “Do you have fun here?”

My answer? “We want to.”

Foundations can be serious places. We take our mission seriously. We tackle daunting challenges. We sweat over our role as stewards and struggle to make sure we use our resources wisely. We worry about the message our activities might send to the world. It is not easy for us to just lighten up.

So it was good today to see Steve Case of the Case Foundation tweeting about a silly holiday video the foundation put together. Kudos to the Case Foundation for showing their human, fun side to the world. There is a lesson in that for all of us.

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