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Nonprofit Leadership News Brief: July 2012

On Networks...

"Fishbowl" Exercise - Source: Beth Kanter 2012Beth Kanter of Beth’s Blog shares a wealth of resources in relation to her facilitation of peer learning exchanges for nonprofit networking and social media. Helping networked nonprofits to effectively use Facebook and Twitter impacts their ability to inform the network, increase visibility, and expand their capacity to effect policy change. Peer-to-Peer sharing and learning is also the focus of an illuminating interview with Pete Plastrik and Julia Parzen, authors of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network’s Regional Networks guidebook 2.0, which can be downloaded from the article along with a presentation on Using Networks to Advance Environmental Goals. In a similar vein, Debra Askanase discusses ‘Content Alchemy’, wherein a networked nonprofit seeks to provide content that most resonates with social media participants. Interactivity and trust within a network can be bolstered by careful selection of content based on community data. The importance of Network Mapping and identifying Critical Connectors in addition to the use of social media is highlighted in Maya Townsend’s article which responds to Plastrik and Madeline Taylor’s NET GAINS: A Handbook for Network Builders Seeking Social Change. Network Mapping is the focus of Ben Schiller’s piece that follows a community action group called Network Center for Community Change, and their work to map neighborhoods in order to give the community an accurate snapshot of an areas blighted properties and more stable properties. The Network Map enables community members to make decisions based on the reality of local conditions. Jack Ricchiuto offers specific indicators for Happiness in Networks in his heartening article, and finally Gibrán Rivera gives nod to June Holley’s recent post on Network Beavers which she describes here: “Network beavers create gatherings that pool network assets, relationships, and energy in a space of dynamic and complex adaptive interaction.”

Image Source: Beth Kanter 2012

On Transformational Leadership...

Anthony K. Tjan, co-author of Heart, Smarts, Guts, and Luck, shares the importance of Self Awareness as the key quality of effective leaders. Tjan explains that Self Awareness among teams is essential, and suggest that the effective team, in a way, map their strengths and assets. Links are provided for a variety of self-tests to help leaders assess their own assets.

On Leadership Development...

Curtis Ogden reviews the recent IISC and the Center for Whole Communities course, Whole Measures: Transforming Communities by Measuring What Matters Most, including a video compilation from his experience in the course.  The course’s focus is on measuring relationships, and in turn, measuring the desired impact that is sought in the community. The Center for Whole Communities has identified ten values-based practices that guide the curriculum, and help participants to self-evaluate, and evaluate the goals of their organization and mission. Details are included on the upcoming workshop December 4 - 6, 2012 at IISC in Boston, MA.

Top Articles:

Title: Using Peer Learning Strategies To Build A Network
Author: Beth Kanter
Date: June 24, 2012

Title: New insight into building peer-led networks in government
Author: Noah Rimland Flower and David Ehrlichman
Date: June 25, 2012

Title: Mapping Neighborhoods To Create Neighborhood Opportunities
Author: Ben Schiller
Date: July 2012

Title: Making Organizational Networks a Force for Learning & Innovation
Author: Maya Townsend
Date: July 1, 2012

Title: IISC as Network Beaver
Author: Gibrán Rivera
Date: July 10, 2012

Title: Why happiness matters in networks
Author: Jack Ricchiuto
Date: June 1, 2012
Source: http://networkweaver.blogspot

Author: Debra Askanase
Date: July 19, 2012

Title: How Leaders Become Self-Aware
Author: Anthony K. Tjan
Date: July 19, 2012

Title: The Measure of Our Experience
Author: Curtis Ogden
Date: July18, 2012