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Leadership Webinar Series
The Leadership Webinar Series is an initiative launched by the Leadership Learning Community, a learning network dedicated to transforming the way leadership development work is conceived, conducted and evaluated. We focus on leveraging leadership as a means to create a more just and equitable society.
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Networks and Leadership Webinar Series: Foundations as Network Leaders: Learning from One Foundation’s Journey and Results
What does it mean for a foundation to become a facilitative leader? And how can foundation staff make the case for network-based funding approaches to boards and other stakeholders? This two-part series will explore successes and insights from the DentaQuest Foundation’s national systems change strategy Oral Health 2020. Started in 2011, this network-based strategy has achieved notable results—development of oral health leaders across the country, creation of new state partnerships connected to a national health improvement network, and tangible system and policy changes such as the expansion of public benefits in more than 15 states. Come learn about what it took to make this work happen from the perspective of Foundation leaders Brian Souza and Mike Monopoli, initiative evaluator Clare Nolan (Harder+Company Community Research), and network weaver Marianne Hughes (Interaction Institute for Social Change).
- June 30, 3016 | 11am Pacific
Part 1 will situate this work in the context of the broader field, describe the Foundation’s decision to pursue a network-based approach, and show how development in individual leadership and network capacity led to community impacts.
- July 14, 2016 | 11am Pacific
Part 2 will dive deeper into what it took to achieve these results, including lessons learned from network building as well as what it means for a foundation to take on a facilitative leadership role.
- June 30, 3016 | 11am Pacific
Sucessfully Transitioning Your Organization to a Network Mindset
June 10, 2016 | 9:00-10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Carole Martin and Beth Tener
Working in networked ways is fundamentally different than traditional ways of working. Organizations can commit to a network approach yet not fully realize all the pieces and behaviors needed to make it actually work.
Carole Martin and Beth Tener will share their insights as coaches/facilitators with a wide range of social change network initiatives. If your organization is pursuing networked ways of working, considering going this route or are on your way and hitting some bumps in the road, this will be a helpful conversation to participate in and invite in colleagues who are still learning
Getting Real about Experimentation
May 26, 2016 | 9:00-10:00 am Pacific | 12:00 - 1:00 pm Eastern
Presenter: Eugene Eric Kim and Alison Lin
We've all heard the rhetoric. The future is uncertain and complex. We can’t do it alone, and collaboration is critical. The only way to succeed is to learn as quickly as possible through experimentation, which means getting comfortable with failure. But what does this mean in practice? If this were easy, there wouldn’t be so many pundits telling everyone else to do it. Learning effectively through experimentation requires specific muscles and mindsets, which take time and practice to develop. Even if your group is already comfortable jumping into the unknown and learning by doing, a little bit of structure and discipline can go a long way in helping you do so successfully.
In this third webinar of the Network Leadership Series, Professor Angel Saz-Carranza will explore the question of how formal networks of organizations, created to reach a collective goal (also known as goal-directed networks), work to support the overarching network goals. Goal-directed networks often create a separate organizational unit to broker and administer the network as a whole called Network Administrative Organizations (NAOs).
Webinar Series | Evolutionary Leadership: How To Redesign Our Communities, Institutions, and Societies
Thursday, November, 11am PT | Presenters: Manuel Manga & Fyodor Ovchinnikov
This one hour webinar is designed to present our framework and how it can be applied on personal, local, national, and global levels. We will also introduce ways to develop Evolutionary Leadership competencies and receive ongoing support from an evolving community if practice.
Self Organized Leadership in Networks: Lessons from Occupy Sandy and the People’s Climate March
Wednesday, October 21, 11am PT | Presenters: June Holley and Tamara Shapiro
When Hurricane Sandy hit, a self organized network quickly emerged from pre-existing networks and new volunteers that resoundingly out performed traditional relief agencies. Why and how was this network able to do this? What does leadership look like in situations such as this that are complex and ever shifting? We explored the nuts and bolts of self organizing, strategies for supporting such networks and how self organized strategies and leadership can be applied to your work on complex problems.
Networks and Leadership Webinar Series: Boundary Spanning Leadership Integrated with Network Development Monday, September 21st | 2:00-3:00pm Eastern | 11am-12pm Pacific | Presenter: Chris Ernst
Welcome back to our networks and leadership webinar series! We host this space for practitioners and researchers in both the leadership and network development areas to connect and learn from each other. Our presenter Chris Ernst is a four-way player: He is active in both research and practice of both leadership development andorganizational network analysis. Chris is VP of Leadership and OE at Juniper Networks and a former senior faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership. In this interactive workshop, Chris will shared how Juniper Networks is reimagining the way work gets done in networked organizations.
Webinar Series | Strengthening Network Practice Through Evaluation
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 | 11am - 12pm PT
Growing numbers of social change agents are building networks to increase impact. Using real-life case examples, this webinar offers an introduction to basic network concepts and approaches with an emphasis on how practitioners can strengthen their network through systematic monitoring and evaluation. Highlights from a recent framing paper and casebook developed by Network Impact and the Center for Evaluation Innovation include examples of leading evaluation frameworks and practical methods/tools.
Webinar Series | Learning Through The Greenlining Experience: A Foundational Toolkit For Leadership Development Program - June 15
The Greenlining Institute was founded as a response to institutional redlining of communities of color from economic opportunities. Twenty-two years later, the organization has grown in both scale and impact, including incorporating a strong commitment to the leadership development of emerging leaders of color. With its successes and challenges, Greenlining has learned many lessons on the road to positive social change. This webinar focused on how the organization has evolved and created a renowned leadership development program for social justice leaders, while always maintaining its roots in racial equity and advocacy.
- Webinar Series: A Collaboration Between LLC, CCL, and NYU Wagner School of Public Service - June 2015
We launched a webinar series to provide a space for practitioners and researchers in both the leadership and network development areas to connect and learn from each other.
This first webinar explored the intersection between leadership and networks, and introduce a relational perspective of leadership. The three partnering organizations discussed concrete examples and ideas from their work, at the end participants had a chance to ask questions.
- Leading For Results: From Collective Impact to Large-Scale Social Change
Ashley Stewart, Senior Associate, Talent and Leadership Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation & Michelle Martin, Chief Operating Officer, North Achievement Zone
April 17, 2015 | 10-11am PT
What is the best way for leaders in the field of social change to move from intention to action? How can diverse groups work together to improve outcomes for children and families? For more than 20 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been helping people develop the skills, the behaviors and the relationships they need to lead organizations and public systems toward lasting improvements in child and family well-being. This interactive session will: 1) explore Casey’s results-based approach to leadership development; 2) share tools and resources others can use to further their work; and 3) discuss how this approach is helping to create sustainable, system community change.
- Pioneers in Social Justice: Bolstering leaders, organizations, and networks to navigate changing landscapes
Daniel Lee, Executive Director, Levi Strauss Foundation; Vincent Pan, Executive Director, Chinese for Affirmative Action;Lateefah Simon, program director, Rosenberg Foundation; and Heather McLeod Grant, social impact expert at McLeod-Grant Advisors
March 31, 2015 | 11-12pm PT
Nonprofit leaders working to promote a more democratic and just society are grappling with how to adapt legacy organizations founded in an “analog” era to new realities shaped by the power of networks and technology. Concurrently, a growing number of grantmakers seek to support the leaders and organizations navigating these shifts – which can require funding new approaches to the work. This interactive session will explore concrete examples of how pioneering social justice leaders have embraced technology and new forms of collaboration (like engaging unlikely allies) to advance immigration and criminal justice reform. We will also explore the role of the funder in supporting this leadership journey, and implications for others seeking to advance equity and inclusion.
- Building A National Network of Regional Leaders: Replicating the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute
Uma Viswanathan, Director of Leadership Development, Urban Habitat and Terri Thao, Program Director, Nexus Community
March 3, 2015 | 11-12pm PT
The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) is a six-month fellowship that trains and places advocates from low-income communities of color onto local and regional boards and commissions through the Bay Area. Preparing mid-career leaders to leverage and enhance their knowledge, skills, and networks to enter political life, the BCLI is not just an individual leadership development program. It is a strategy to change the face of politics, creating a network of diverse and representative leaders who move racially and economically just policies at all levels of government. During this webinar, BCLI directors Uma Viswanathan (Urban Habitat) and Terri Thao (Nexus Community Partners) will provide an overview of this innovative program and share their discoveries about the replication process as partners from different regions and organizations. Participants will be engaged in dialogue about potential future replications, including individual leader, organizational, and regional readiness for this type of program.
- Equitable Evaluation - Integrating Cultural Competence and Equity
Jara Dean-Coffey, Principal and Founder, jdcPartnerships and Jill Casey, Associate, jdcPartnerships
December 11, 2014 | 11am - 12pm PT
Whether implicit or explicit, social justice and human rights are part of the mission of many social and philanthropic and sector organizations. Evaluation produced, consumed or used by either sector that doesn’t pay attention to the imperatives of cultural competency nor integrate an equity lens may be inconsistent with their missions. This webinar, based on Raising the Bar - Integrating Cultural Competence and Equity: Equitable Evaluation, offered a way to integrate cultural competence and equity in evaluation practice and a capacity building approach, focused on philanthropy, to build the capacities and competencies to do so.
- Peer Assist Webinar: Evaluation Framework for a Network Strategy
Claire Reinelt, Ph.D (November 2014)
We shared an evaluation framework that we have developed for assessing the impact of a network strategy for leadership development programs. This is part of a project that LLC is doing in conjunction with network and leadership development experts for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We used an interactive format of presenting ideas and getting feedback and thoughts. Thank you for your time and wisdom and hope also that the interaction will provide you with ideas that you can apply in your own leadership and network assessments.
- Developing a Network Strategy for Leadership Programming
Deborah Meehan, Executive Director, Leadership Learning Community (November 2014)
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has articulated a bold new strategic vision “to help create a national Culture of Health that makes it possible for everyone to lead healthy lives, now and for generations to come.” To create a Culture of Health will require systems change, and leadership development can be a leverage point to catalyze change. The Leadership Learning Community was selected, along with seven other organizations, to partner with the Foundation to develop recommendations for their leadership programming based on their new vision. Our focus is on developing a comprehensive network strategy - we believe that network strategies intentionally weave relationships and foster partnerships across sectors and disciplines so that needed ideas flow more freely; integrated solutions are developed; and local communities learn and share with each other to scale what works to improve health outcomes. We are working with a group of thought leaders in the areas of leadership, networks and evaluation (Claire Reinelt, Beth Kanter, Heather McLeod Grant, June Holley, Milano Harden, the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and Zero Divide) and would also like to engage you, the LLC network, to help us test some of our initial thinking and contribute to this remarkable new leadership initiative.
- Cultivating Results-Driven Leadership for Meaningful Change | Dr. Michael McAfee, PolicyLink (September 2014)On Thursday, September 11, 2014, Dr. Michael McAfee led the group in a discussion around the challenges of leading collective impact initiatives that aim to challenge and dismantle our nation's inequities. During the discussion, he engaged the group to consider the ways in which results-driven systems can be used by leaders to focus and accelerate sustainable change. He also described the system of technical assistance that he and his team employ in their work, and its impact within the Promise Neighborhoods movement.
- 10 Lessons about Virtual Network Leadership Development | Panelist: June Holley (August 2014)
Lessons learned and keys to success that were harvested by June Holley from a 5 module virtual practicum that was based on principles of learning and behavior change. This will be relevant to leadership programs and networks that want to augment face to face time with virtual learning opportunities that can address the geographic, time, and cost challenges of working only through face to face connections. As a teaser one of the lessons is the importance of “having the capacity to have breakout group capacity to increase engagement around content.”
- Supporting Movement and Network Leadership: Creating Space for Emergent Learning
Robin Katcher, Management Assistance Group (May 2014)
Movements are powerful drivers of change. They align people and resources – and shift culture, amass political power and advance concrete gains. Yet, movements and the networked approaches they require also place extraordinary demands on leaders. Today’s social movements, like our world, are complex, interconnected and buffeted by constant change. In this turbulent environment, leaders must adapt, innovate and develop new approaches to learning, leadership, organization, networks and strategy. As a result, traditional approaches to developing and supporting leadership must also evolve. But, how? In this webinar we will explore one of many experimental approaches – the Network Leadership Innovation Lab – and share some of our initial reflections. We will also pose some of the real time questions we are facing as we continue to co-create the program with participants so that we might also learn from you.
- Leadership & Equity
Cheryl Fields of Langhum Mitchell Communications and Mary Stelletello Vista Global Coaching & Consulting (March 2014)
Increasingly, equity is an issue leaders of community-based organizations and institutions must consider as they deploy precious resources, advocate for their constituents, and provide social services. But what does it really mean to be an equitable leader? Is there a difference between equity and equality? And how do you know if your decisions, policies, and practices are truly equitable? As our population becomes more diverse and competition steepens, it is imperative for leaders to focus on closing opportunity gaps.
- Developing Personal Professional Online Learning Networks
Debra Askanase of Community Organizing 2.0 (December 2013)In this webinar, we looked at the value of developing an online Personal Professional Learning Network (PLN). PLNs are intentionally created learning networks set up to support your non-formal learning needs. These learning networks are powered by your learning objective(s), the types of people you choose to include, social capital, network hubs and/or network weavers. What is more, it is increasingly clear that strong personal online networks play a role in the growth of organizational online community and networks.
- RWJF Ladder to Leadership Program: A Story of Individual and Community Impact
Sallie George of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
Lynn Fick-Cooper and Sarah Stawiski of the Center for Creative Leadership® (November 2013)
In this webinar, Sallie George of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Lynn Fick-Cooper and Sarah Stawiski of the Center for Creative Leadership share the story of how their organizations partnered to develop 220 emerging community health leaders and in the process how their work effected meaningful change in 8 different vulnerable communities across the United States.
- Realizing the Collective Conscious - Multi-Sector Leadership Development for the Public’s Health
Karya Lustig and Leticia Pagán of the Public Health Institute (PHI) (October 2013)
Today's context for health leadership is complex, rapidly evolving, and calls for new approaches to the development of leaders for today and the future. “We need to train our leaders to be more collaborative, to be more inclusive, and to have greater integrity. It’s a whole different set of practices.” The Center for Health Leadership and Practice (CHLP) has an innovative approach to leadership development that brings together teams of leaders from multiple sectors that want to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their community.
2013 Webinar: Leading from the Inside Out, Stacy Kono and Pia Infante of Rockwood Leadership Institute (August 2013)
Leadership is the ability to align and inspire others towards common goals. The most effective social change leaders possess a clear sense of purpose, and an awareness of their strengths and learning edges as individuals, which leads them to build strong partnerships. Join this webinar to learn more about Rockwood Leadership Institute's approach to foster transformative leadership for a just, equitable, and sustainable world through encouraging leaders to "lead from the inside out."
2013 Webinar: Developing Social Change Leaders: Practices and Perspectives on Fostering an Intersectional Approach to Identity and Social Justice, Carmen Morgan and Povi-Tamu Bryant of Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) (August 2013)
The Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program has been training leaders for social change since the early 1990s, when it was founded by a multiracial coalition of organizations led by the Asian Pacific American Legal Center. The program's curriculum prioritizes the growth of participants' analyses around race, gender, class, ability, and more, alongside the development of effective facilitation and communication skills. This presentation will provide insight into the rationale and values behind LDIR's pedagogy, challenges seen and lessons learned over time, and brief examples of how we currently get participants thinking and acting on race, gender, class, privilege, and other facets of identity in an intersectional, allied way.
- 2013 Webinar: Making Social Identity Part of Community Leadership Development , Kelly Hannum, Tim Leisman, and Stephanie Walker of Center for Creative Leadership® (July 2013)
Shared and effective community leadership can be helped or hindered by our conceptions of and experiences with people from different identity groups. Add to that the reality that our experiences are embedded in larger social identity structures and dynamics within communities that in many cases are reinforcing negative patterns. So how can social identity best be raised and addressed in community leadership development programs? How can ideas about social identity expand our thinking about community and about leadership? We are on a journey to develop a curriculum that can serve as a resource to community leaders (and by leaders we mean everyone contributing to leadership, not just those with a formal leadership role). Specifically we aim to build awareness about social identity dynamics in people and communities to enhance the ability of individuals and groups to work together more effectively in order to achieve "common good" community outcomes.
- 2013 Webinar: Promoting Equity in Healthcare: Evaluating the Impact of the Disparities Leadership Program , Joseph R. Betancourt, MD, MPH and Roderick K. King, MD, MPH of Massachusetts General Hospital (July 2013)The Disparities Leadership Program (DLP) is a one year executive leadership program designed to equip a cadre of leaders in healthcare with in-depth knowledge in the field of disparities, cutting-edge quality improvement strategies for identifying and addressing disparities, and leadership skills to facilitate the organizational transformation necessary to advance health care equity. With support from The Aetna Foundation, The Leadership Learning Community (LLC) conducted an external evaluation of the DLP and the program's impact on participating organizations’ efforts to address health inequities. In this webinar, Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Director of the Disparities Solutions Center, Dr. Roderick King, Senior Faculty at the Disparities Solutions Center, and Dr. Claire Reinelt, founding member and former Research and Evaluation Director of LLC, will provide an overview of the DLP, present the findings of the evaluation and discuss lessons learned for the development and implementation of successful executive leadership programs focused on organizational transformation.
- 2013 Webinar: Systematic Civic Stewardship: An Organizing Model for Leading Change in the Social Sector, William M. Snyder of the Social Capital Group (June 2013)Cities are becoming the most prominent context for social change in the world today, and they offer exciting opportunities for participative governance. A model of “systematic civic stewardship” frames the city as community-based, action-learning system. Leaders play key roles in neighborhood teams focused on local challenges (graduation rates, health outcomes, etc.), while learning and working with peers via city-wide communities of practice. We have much to learn about learning systems in any context—understanding how they work in communities and cities draws on organization experience and provokes new insights.
2013 Webinar: First Relationships, Then Results: A New Paradigm for Leadership Development, Kimberly Haskins and Stefan Lanfer of the Barr Foundation (May 2013)This webinar explores the idea that leaders can be rejuvenated and inspired and great collaborations sparked by the same thing – social capital. · After years of leading social-sector organizations in an environment where competition is more the norm than collaboration, many gifted leaders are near burnout, unable to maximize their individual or collective gifts. Since 2005, the Barr Fellowship has been changing that in Boston – through an investment in personal growth and connections among social change leaders. Recently profiled in the Foundation Review (and before that, in a Stanford Social Innovation Review Case study in May, 2012), the Barr Fellowship is proving to be a powerful force for transformation of individual leaders, their organizations, and their city.
2013 Webinar: Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, Beth Kanter (April 2013)
Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, co-authored by Beth Kanter and KD Paine, is an entertaining and useful book about two processes that nonprofits need for success in a networked age: To become networked and measurement. This book provides valuable, how-to insights on using data to change the world – insights all nonprofits can use to fulfill their missions. The book relates stories, outlines measurement frameworks and offer up a host of resources.
- 2013 Webinar: Raising Up the Next Generation of Public Sector Leaders, Leslie Medine, Alissa Gentille and Nick Challed of On The Move
Hear from two alumni of On The Move’s leadership development program, about the organization’s innovative model to support emerging leaders within schools, public institutions, non-profit organizations and the health field. The webinar provides key principles, practices and strategies of implementation. Specifically, we explore the model’s approach of bringing together multi-generational communities of emerging and veteran leaders, who learn together to remove the barriers that prevent our collective success.
- 2013 Webinar: Transforming Power and Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Competency, Renato Almanzor, LeaderSpring
This webinar examines how power and privilege manifest in leaders working in the social sector and in community, and the necessary competencies for actualizing power toward community well-being and liberation. In addition, we explore what is required for leadership development program providers to effectively surface issues of power and privilege in their program delivery. Toward these objectives, what are the necessary competencies? What are the conditions necessary to develop these competencies in the context of leadership development programming?
2013 Webinar: Network Analysis (SNA/ONA) Methods for Assessment & Measurement, Patti Anklam of Net Work.
Many nonprofits and foundations have been using social network analysis (SNA) and organizational network analysis (ONA) techniques in program assessment, planning, and measurement. This webinar reviews a number of techniques that are being used and the ways that the results of network analysis are informing and supporting the ways that nonprofits are leveraging networks to achieve greater good by creating, facilitating, and weaving networks.
2012 Webinar: Going After Big Results: A Different Take on Leadership Development, Jolie Bain Pillsbury of Sherbrooke Consulting, Inc.
In this webinar, Jolie Bain Pillsbury presents findings from the Leadership in Action Program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and shares the leadership theory that she has developed, The Theory of Aligned Contribution, which has informed and been tested through the LAP program.
2012 Webinar: Global Action Networks, Steve Waddell of Networking Action: Organizing for the 21st Century
In this webinar, Steve Waddell presents present GANs as emerging "meta-networks", catching in their webs literally all organizations in the world. Learn how you might work with them locally, regionally or globally to realize your goals. Steve has spent over a decade working with one strategy he calls Global Action Networks that is fast advancing from periphery to center, because of its promise to address seemingly intractible change challenges.
- 2012 Webinar: Strengthening the Collective Impact of Leadership Development, Deborah Meehan and Claire Reinelt of Leadership Learning Community
This webinar makes the case about why we in the field of leadership development need to think differently about whose leadership we develop, how we develop collective leadership, and the impact we have. We believe that starts with shifting our focus of attention, from individuals to groups, and from organizations to communities and networks as we design our leadership supports and programs.
- 2012 Webinar: Leadership and Web 2.0, Grady McGonagill of McGonagill Consulting(August 2012)In this webinar Dr. Grady McGonagill, LLC board member and principal of McGonagill Consulting, presents key findings from his new book—Leadership and Web 2.0: The Leadership Implications of the Evolving Web—which he has co-authored with Tina Doerffer from the Bertelsmann Foundation in Germany. The Webinar will offer an overview of the leadership constraints and opportunities being generated through innovations in Internet-based technology.
- 2012 Webinar: The Community Learning Exchange Story: Connecting the Wisdom and Leadership of Place,
Francisco Guajardo, Dale Nienow, and Miguel Guajardo,co-founders of the national Community Learning Exchange(July 2012)Creating healthy and just communities in places that have experienced chronic marginalization requires tapping the wisdom of those same communities and inviting their participation. To draw out this wisdom often requires development of individuals, organizations, systems and policies. Join this webinar to learn how the Community Learning Exchange spreads community wisdom about collective leadership for community change to communities across the United States.
- 2012 Webinar: Innovations and Effectiveness of Participatory Leadership Evaluation Methodologies, Cheryl Francisconi, Director at the Institute of International Education; Bethany Godsoe, Executive Director of the Research Center for Leadership in Action (RCLA); Amparo Hofmann-Pinilla, Deputy Directory of RCLA
How can action research contribute to leadership evaluation methodologies? In this webinar, the presenters from the Institute of International Education and the Research Center for Leadership in Action from New York University shared their experience using a participatory action research methodology based on Cooperative Inquiry, to evaluate a reproductive health leadership program which operated in five countries in Africa and Asia.
- Action Learning - Maximizing its Use in Community-Based Leadership Development Programs, Dr. Donna Dinkin, Dinkin & Associates, LLC (April 2012)
This webinar is for individuals who are interested in maximizing the use of action learning as a component of a formal leadership development program. Specifically, the session will define ‘action-learning’, will highlight how this methodology is being used in public health leadership development programs and will briefly describe strategies and challenges for coaches of community-based action-learning teams.
- To increase understanding of how regional PHLIs have utilized Action-Learning Projects as a developmental methodology.
- To increase understanding of strategies and challenges to providing Action Learning Coaching to project teams
- To provide an opportunity for discussion of personal experiences related action learning and action-learning coaching.
- Confessions of a Network Strategist: Lessons Learned for the First Year of Education Pioneers' Network Strategy, Jason Weeby, Education Pioneers (March 2012)
In late 2010, Education Pioneers decided to shift from a traditional alumni engagement strategy to a new and innovative network strategy. The change required a new way of thinking and acting for Education Pioneers’ staff and 1,200+ network members. It has been the source of excitement, confusion, successes, and challenges. Jason Weeby, the Director of Network Strategy for the national nonprofit, talked about their new direction, lessons learned in the first year of implementation, and the incredible potential of the strategy’s next iteration. Also, check out this relevant guest blog post by Jason Weeby, Networks: The Missing Piece in Leadership Development.
- The Promise and Perils of Supporting and Evaluating Network Formation and Development, Kim Ammann Howard, BTW information change; Melanie Moore, See Change; Claire Reinelt, Leadership Learning Community (February 2012)
In recent years, leadership funders have begun experimenting widely with how to move beyond investments in programs and organizations to funding the formation and development of networks in order to catalyze greater collective impact. Drawing on the experiences and examples of three leadership network evaluators, this session explored the following questions:
- What are the promises and perils of investing in network formation? What evaluation questions are important to ask?
- What are critical practices for supporting and nurturing the emergence and development of networks? How can evaluation inform the development and support of networks over time?
- What are promising practices for evaluating network behavior and network effects in the early stages of network formation?
- If You Till It, They Will Come: Nurturing Collective Leadership, Curtis Ogden and Gibran Rivera, Interaction Institute for Social Change (January 2012)
This webinar session looked at how to create the conditions for emergent and collective leadership to move us in more just and life-affirming directions. Given the complexity of the issues we face and the diversity of perspectives in our various systems, it has been recognized that we cannot rely on individual, expert, or command-and-control leadership to move us forward. We must unleash more robust and adaptive collective intelligence. IISC Senior Associates Curtis Ogden and Gibran Rivera explored stories of and practices for creating the conditions to unleash leader-full momentum that embodies and leads to the social change we seek.
- Coaching as a Leadership Development Strategy, Michelle Gislason, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (December 2011)
This webinar session explored coaching as a leadership development strategy. CompassPoint shared what they have learned about how coaching can help nonprofit leaders succeed along with highlights from the Coaching and Philanthropy Project and their own work incorporating coaching into several leadership development programs.
- Leadership for Networks Designed to Change Systems: ReAmp Case Study, Heather McLeod Grant and Rick Reed (December 2011)
This webinar, with a particular focus on network leadership, looked at how to build aligned action networks powerful enough to move the needle on major social challenges. The ReAmp network comprised of 125 nonprofits and funders across eight states in the U.S.'s upper midwest has been focused on just on audacious goal: reducing regional global warming emissions 80 percent (from 2005 levels) by 2050. And it's working. This webinar looks at what they are doing.
- Communities, Networks and Engagement: Finding a Place for Action, Nancy White (September 2011)
We have so many online tools at our disposal to theoretically connect and activate engagement with others. But what happens when we say "we're building an online community" but few engage? When is it worth the work and effort? What are our options? And if we build it, what are some starting points to help us work towards successful engagement? Also, be sure to check out a resource shared by Nancy, CPsquare which is a "Community of Practice on Communities of Practice." Nancy has been engaging in and facilitating online groups since 1996 - with her fair share of successes and failures.
- Are You A Network Weaver? June Holley, Network Weaver (August 2011)
This interactive session introduces the term Network Weaver as a way of understanding how leadership is shifting in a networked world. Juneexplains four roles -- connector, facilitator, coach and network guardian — filled by Network Weavers and share activities that you can implement with your networks.
- Daring to Lead 2011: Leadership Development & Support for Nonprofit Leaders, Marla Cornelius, CompassPoint Nonprofit Services (July 2011)
Executives’ use of coaching, peer networks, and leadership development programs are on the rise and are ranked the top three most effective strategies by executive directors for leadership development and support. And while shared leadership is a common value among the vast majority of nonprofit executives, many find it challenging to put these values into practice through organizational systems and structures. These findings are among those reported in Daring to Lead 2011 CompassPoint’s recent study of over 3000 nonprofit executives nationwide. Marla explores the report’s findings, implications, and the actions that nonprofit leaders, funders, and capacity builders can take to better support executives and the organizations they dare to lead.
- Systems Thinking and Racial Justice,Professor john powell, Kirwan Institute (May 2011)
In this webinar, Professor john powell talks about how systems thinking and a structural lens can inform our work for racial justice and deepen our understanding of racial disparities. He examines how the interactions of structures and institutions create not only opportunity and deprivation, but also inhabit our ideas and language about race, identity and the self.
- A Case Study in Popular Education and Scaling Leadership Impact (June 2011)
The Horizons Program offers a compelling story for all in the field of leadership who care deeply about how to connect and mobilize leadership at the scale needed to address complex social problems. In 2003, the Northwest Area Foundation launched the Horizon’s program, an ambitious leadership program to help rural communities deal with issues of poverty. According to external documentation, this program engaged over 100,000 people from 238 rural communities across seven states in a multifaceted leadership process. Participating communities launched 1,811 action plans to address the impact of poverty in the life of their community, e.g. youth development, jobs, economic development, and adult education. Participants in this webinar describe the basics of the program, highlight successes, discuss challenges and perhaps, expand our thinking about community leadership.
- The Inner Dance of Collective Leadership, featuring Alain Gauthier (April 28, 2011)
In this webinar, Alain Gauthier introduced an integral approach to collective leadership development and invited participants into an exchange on the following questions:
1. If you have experienced collective leadership, how do you find it different from individual leadership?
2. In your experience of collective leadership, what are some of the inner shifts in beliefs and attitudes that you have witnessed in yourself and others, in comparison to individual leadership?
3. What practices can be used to actualize collective leadership and access collective wisdom?
- Strategic Planning for Networks, featuring Eugene Eric Kim (March 22, 2011)
In this webinar, Eugene Eric Kim describes how to do strategic planning for networks. He draws heavily from his experience leading the open strategic planning process for the Wikimedia movement, which drew over 1,000 participants and led to a movement-wide shift in focus on increasing reach and participation in developing countries. He shares how you can leverage these types of processes for both your network and your organization.
- Network of Network Funders Webinar, Co-hosted by the Leadership Learning Community and the Monitor Institute (December 15, 2010)
- Leadership and Race Report Webinar (September 28, 2010)
- Leadership for a New Era Engagement Webinar (January 19, 2010)