Value, scale, time

Updated November 14, 2019

Often, we associate impact with bigness, speed: large-scale interventions, disruptive innovations, fast-growing startups, the iPhone, solar energy projects, that kind of thing.

Another way to think about impact is to include the time variable:

impact = (value * scale) * time

A neighborhood park that lasts genenerations, a tree planted out front, a library. Small things that last a long time have high impact.