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Creating Space A Labor Of Love

Creating Space is by far one of my most favorite LLC events. So as you can imagine, it’s getting harder to rein in the excitement with only a few weeks left to go.

 

As I reflect on why this event is one of my favorites, it  really starts with all of you. Creating Space is where we are able to connect face-to-face and deepen our connections. We  learn about your current work and how we are all influencing the leadership development field and together continue to expand our collective knowledge. These are three days of genuine connection building. I have fond memories of many deep conversations that I keep circling back to in the many phases of my own work. I’ve had expansive conversations on networks, leadership development, and equity. I’ve heard and shared stories of the challenges of balancing self-care and the urgency of community needs on the field.  I reflect back on what I learn from many of you in Baltimore, Oakland, and Detroit and am continuously sustained by the commitment and dedication all of you have to continue to transform our society.

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Connecting with People, Connected for Impact By Clare Nolan

By Clare Nolan, Engage R+D

My name is Matt Bond and I am Director of Network Strategy for the DentaQuest Foundation. About five years ago, in a crowded room at the National Oral Health Conference, I met a guy named Gary Harbison. As a foundation employee, I’m accustomed to having lots of funding conversations. As a network strategist, I’m interested in connecting with and bringing in like-minded people to the network. Back then, we were in the early stages of network development, so my work had a  heavy focus on a small core group of members. Gary was not among them. Nevertheless, we got to talking. I learned that Gary is a photographer(although his wife is the real artist behind the shots), he loves Glen Miller (who I now have on my iPod and am listening to as I type),
and he still has one of those wooden record player sets that is more of a piece of furniture than a sound system. We exchanged contact information, and I promised to stay in touch.

Three years later, the oral health network was burgeoning and it was time to expand. We designed a series of meetings to bring together people from across the country to develop a set of  comprehensive, national goals to improve oral health. Gary represented his state of Missouri at the first Midwest regional meeting. A year later, he began partnering with other network members to tackle major state and national policy issues. In 2016, he participated in a national  convening on Medicaid where he gained knowledge and skills pertinent to advancing this goal in his home state. This year, Missouri included extensive dental coverage as a standing part of its Medicaid benefit, ensuring that thousands of citizens have access to oral health services.
A big part of the credit for this success went to the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health for its advocacy efforts and influence. And the Executive Director of the coalition is none other than Gary.

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LLC Webinar | Innovative Network Governance and Structures

 

November 2, 2017

10:30am Pacific | 1:30pm Eastern

 

Many networks organize governance and operations with structures that mirror those of organizations:  governing boards, committees, and operations staff. Unfortunately, these structures have often been a bad fit with networks, leading to decreased involvement and engagement by network  participants who aren't on the governing board and shrinking network size and impact.

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Shared Leadership: the Co-Directorship Model

Oct 3, 2017 11:00 AM Pacific Standard Time (US and Canada)

As the need to recognize leadership as process and collective endeavor expands, we need to question as well how the current, dominant cultural paradigm of heroic leadership has permeated organizational life and leadership. We can learn from communities where leadership is often shared and from organizations that have been experimenting with distributed leadership and flattening hierarchies.  Some organizations have been experimenting with a co-directorship model. The Whitman Institute who implemented this model 3 years ago and we are fortunate that Co-Directors, John Esterle and Pia Infante have offered to share their experience in a conversation about why they chose this model, the benefits of being co-directors, the structure, challenges and how they have dealt with them, and lessons along the way. This will be a video conversation opened up to participants for your questions.

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9 Ways To Practice Racial Healing

This year LLC has been focusing on dismantling racial inequity and moving towards healing. With this goal in hand, earlier in the year we opened an Action Learning Seed Fund, and with your help, we selected three final projects. As part of this project, the recipients are also required to join four communities of practice bimonthly between inception and December. In January, you will all have the opportunity to hear directly from them. We will host webinars for each project to present their final report and share more about their process and allow you time to ask them questions directly.

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Leading for Racial Equity: The Reasons I Need to Be at Creating Space

I have been meaning to write a personal article about why I feel so strongly about attending Creating Space in New Orleans this year. I thought for a moment about a catchy top ten list and quickly realized that my spirit these days is anything but light. I was still reeling from Charlottesville while Hurricane Harvey ravaged Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast. Twelve years after Katrina, I am reminded how natural disaster also becomes a social and economic disaster with a toll that hits vulnerable communities hardest.

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How we’re learning to talk about Race at Creating Space

Beloved community,

We began writing this piece before the tragic events in Charlottesville occurred last weekend. Its message emphasizes the importance of acknowledging the threat of white supremacy within our communities, our workplaces and our homes. We proudly stand with all those fighting against racism in Charlottesville and hope that this post will encourage solidarity and much-needed internal reflection to affect the change we need in our country.

In solidarity,

LLC Staff

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Creating Space 2017: Announcing The Agenda

Creating Space provides opportunities for experiential learning and sharing regarding what is required to increase the impact of racial equity in leadership development work.

 

At Creating Space, you will be supported with

  • tools that help you identify, challenge and change prevailing systemic racism/white supremacy broadly present in our work.
  • conversations with multiple entry points for engaging participants with varying levels of awareness and a rich tapestry of experiences with racial equity within leadership development.
  • opportunities for those in need of  defining language and for those already embodying understanding, to practice undoing and eradicating systemic racism/white supremacy.

Recognizing that conversations pertaining to race can trigger past trauma and open new wounds, healing is a big part of this experience. Creating Space offers safe spaces for grounding and healing, which will be readily available and easily accessible. Join us in learning new tools for strengthening leadership development rooted in racial equity, and be a part of these experiences helping you to grow in your own leadership.

 

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Three Experiments and Lessons on the Network Path

Several years ago friend, colleague and network mentor, June Holley, reminded me that LLC was a pretty traditional organization and not very network-like. Given the extent of our writing about the importance and power of network approaches, it seemed like a good time to experiment and venture away from our default organizational behaviors. Some of our lessons were the fruits of intentional experimentation and some are reflections about serendipitous change. We hope that some of them will be helpful to you.

Three lessons about tapping the talents of the network to do the work:

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LLC Webinar Series | Race To Lead

August 15, 2017

10am -11am Pacific | 1pm - 2pm Eastern

 

The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. Studies show the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years even as the country becomes more diverse. To find out more, the Building Movement Project conducted the Nonprofits, Leadership, and Race survey. Over 4,000 respondents answered questions about their current nonprofit job, interest in leading a nonprofit, training/supports, views of leadership, and personal background. They were also asked about their views on race and the nonprofit sector. This report, the first in a series to be released over the next two years, will compare people of color and white respondents’ background, aspirations to be leaders, training, and attitudes towards leadership.

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