In 2006, Ben Munoz suffered a rare form of stroke called arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Unable to find the support he was looking for on the internet during his lengthy recovery, he created a patient community AVMSurvivors.org in late 2007 to find others like him.
It rapidly became apparent that “community is the best medicine.” Ben soon co-founded BensFriends.org, with the sole focus of creating and operating safe, compassionate communities for people who need them (including patients and their families & friends).
Among the things we discuss is how the organization’s culture is built around running lean and efficient. A core tenet is always considering how to do more with less–how to maximize impact for the patients in their support communities.
Some of these approaches include:
- Asking for favors.
- Reading how-to books and doing it ourselves.
- Finding overseas talent and figuring out how to work across time zones.
- Avoiding sunk cost fallacy on failing projects.
- Remembering it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon.
- Providing a mission that people can get behind.