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Submitted by Claire Reinelt on Thu, 02/05/2009 - 17:48
I just read a fascinating article I thought would be of interest to the Leadership Learning Community. Authors Beth Zemsky and David Mann in their article Building Organizations in a Movement Moment describe how we are in a “movement moment.” This is being demonstrated in the ways that group identities are being reframed, new coalitions and partnerships are forming, connections among issues are being articulated, and there is greater focus on systemic change. So what does this movement moment mean for organizations? According to the authors, there is a blurring of organizational lines in structures, strategies and in how the actual work gets done. The article distinguishes “social change organizations” and “social movement organizations” and suggests that the planning process for each type of organization is radically different. read more »
Submitted by Claire Reinelt on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 14:51
Creating Space, the annual gathering hosted by the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) is scheduled for its ninth year May 20-22, 2009 in Oakland, CA. This year's gathering will be jointly hosted with the Tides Center, which supports a wide range of projects (including LLC) that work on social justice issues. In the wake of the recent election, what questions are you asking? Questions we have heard include: read more »
- What do we need to do to deliver on the promise of change?
- What opportunities can we create to work more effectively across our different issues and communities to create a better and more just future for all?
- How do we open up the leadership paradigm to be more inclusive?
The Health Leadership Circle held a WebEx learning session on Leadership Networks and Social Network Mapping. Claire Reinelt (Leadership Learning Community) and Bruce Hoppe (Connective Associates) facilitated the call. Claire reviewed key findings from the Health Leadership Circle network survey about what health issues Circle members focus most on in their work and what Circle members most want to learn. The top Circle member focus areas are reducing/eliminating disparities, community health and public health. The Circle member learning priorities are "Impacting Systems Change" and "Network Development and Sustainability." Bruce provided an overview of some key social network analysis concepts and shared the network maps of the Health Leadership Circle for the issues that people address in their work and what people want to learn more about. A handout of the powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post. We asked Circle members to share their questions for deeper learning regarding impacting health systems change; and network development and sustainability. Also attached is a summary of all the questions we received. read more »
Leadership Learning Community
in partnership with Connective Associates and The Berkana Institute
Notes prepared by Aerin Dunford read more »
Submitted by Claire Reinelt on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 20:59
LLC recently funded two Community Seed Fund projects that are designed to explore and assess different learning approaches about how to cultivate and support learning communities. read more »
Leadership development practitioners have become increasingly interested in the formation of leadership networks as a way to sustain and strengthen relationships among leaders within and across organizations, communities, and systems. Bruce Hoppe and I recently wrote a paper (see below for the attachment) that offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and identifies the outcomes that are typically associated with each type of network. read more »
For anyone interested in creating and sustaining breakthrough change, you may want to read a fascinating article by Matthew Chin entitled Sustainability and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (September 2003). Matthew runs Operations Success Programs with the Primary Care Development Corporation, an organization that helps health centers and clinics form learning collaboratives to achieve and sustain transformational change in serving the poor, the uninsured, and the under-insured in New York City.
After years of implementing a highly successful organizational learning model in diverse health centers and clinics, he and his colleagues became interested in why clinics and health centers have a hard time sustaining the gains that they made. He discovered that leadership was critical to long-term success. read more »
Three LLC circles (Sustaining Networks/Alumni, Social Media and Leadership, and Health Leadership) convened for a conference call and web-based meeting using the WebEx platform to discuss creating and sustaining leadership networks. Twenty people explored the following questions: read more »
- What forms of collaboration and network creation are we seeing in the leadership development arena?
- What tools or processes do we find strengthen leadership networks?
- What are the biggest challenges to sustaining network participation?
Submitted by Claire Reinelt on Tue, 01/01/2008 - 09:28
We are holding Creating Space in New Orleans in 2009. What will it mean for us to be there? What can we learn? What do we bring? I have been thinking a lot recently about the power of place, about the stories that are layered in our environment that we are unaware of, especially the stories of those who have been excluded from history -- whose stories are invisible to us but are still etched in the land. What are those stories? What can they teach us? How do our lives embody these stories even when we are unaware of them? read more »
The Leadership Learning Community Health Leadership Circle and the Center for Creative Leadership, hosted a peer consultation session using an on-line conference tool, WebEx. During the hour and half call, over 30 people provided insights, inquiries and tested advice to a team from the Center Creative Leadership who are partnering with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop "Ladder to Leadership: Developing the Next Generation of Community Health Leaders." read more »