Like all great conversations, this one left me with plenty to think about. A good friend and I had just spent an hour brainstorming ideas for building authorizer capacity. As we looked at our list, however, we realized that we had a problem. Much of the work needed expert short-term talent, and identifying, recruiting, vetting and matching talent to the work was a daunting task. Wasn’t it ironic, we mused, that education had a large, growing pool of experienced and expert professionals – yet schools and nonprofits that need expertise for short-term, mission-critical work find it difficult to access the right talent quickly, reliably and affordably? Wouldn’t it be great if there were a network of “catalysts” that organizations could call upon when the right opportunities for leveraging their expertise emerged?