The framework offers one explanation for why sustainable social impact appears much easier to achieve than it actually is! Although it looks like a simple puzzle when we sign up for it, achieving sustainable social impact actually requires solving a Rubiks Pyramid.
From a simple puzzle…
… to a Rubiks pyramid!
In a Rubik's Pyramid, each of the four faces is covered by nine small triangles, divided among four solid colors. A pivot mechanism enables each face to turn independently, thus mixing up the colors. For the puzzle to be solved, each face must be a solid color.
The four lenses are like the side of the pyramid: trying to solve one without the others is counter-productive. Instead, all four need to be addressed in an integrated manner to solve the puzzle.