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Nonprofit Leadership News Brief: August 2012

Submitted by: Eleanor Cooney on Aug 28th, 2012 at 11AM PDT

On Leadership and Networks... features a blog article on funders’ increasing interest in a network’s ability to impact systems change. Links are included to the Funder’s Guide To Catalyzing Networks For Social Change as well as the study of Packard Foundation’s experiment with supporting network capacityHarold Jarche, in his blog, offers concise criteria and guidelines to facilitate conversations around organizational change. On social media strategy, the Community Organizer 2.0 blog shares a vision of the Circles of Nonprofit Marketing, where nonprofits extend their network through online conversation surrounding their cause.

On Evaluation...

The Knight Foundation offers the publication: Measuring the Online Impact of Your Information Project, which identifies metrics to help understand how nonprofits are seeing progress in creating informed and engaged communities. FSG presents the publication: Evaluating Social Innovation, which focuses on grantmakers’ use of Developmental Evaluation as a guide for evaluating emergent initiatives. In a similar vein, The Philanthropy Journal covers The D3 Institute of North Texas as a model for building nonprofit capacity through collective learning and data analysis.


On Collective Impact…

Havermas and Rawls‘ blog highlights the book Collective Wisdom: Principles and Mechanisms. Many authors discuss collective wisdom in a historical sense as well as in modern institutional design. The IISC blog brings us a video from HASTAC, where Cathy Davidson discusses how to include non-expert voices for a complete and inclusive dialogue. The Philanthropy Journal includes a piece on Building Trust Across Sectors, where parameters are given for networks that experience great trust between members. Finally, the Pegassus Communications blog presents an article on acting systematically, which in this case, means designing ways of bringing together diverse stakeholders. Creating space for communication and understanding among stakeholders affected by a problem can ignite shifts in a group’s mission and services.

Image Source: Monitor Institute 2012

Top Articles:

Title: How to build network capacity: further insights into the role of the funder
Author: David Ehrlichman and Noah Rimland Flower
Date: August 6, 2012

Title: In an Increasingly Complex World
Author: Harold Jarche
Date: July 26, 2012

Title: The Circles of Nonprofit Marketing
Author: Debra Askanase
Date: August 9, 2012

Title: Measuring the Online Impact of Your Information Projects
Author: FSG
Date: March 31, 2011

Title: Evaluating Social Innovation
Author: Hallie Preskill, Tanya Beer
Date: August 21, 2012

Title: Data-Driven Decision-Making: Transforming Data into Impact
Author: PJ Staff
Date:  August 22, 2012

Title: New book on the Mechanisms of Collective Wisdom
Author: Thomas Gregersen
Date: July 25, 2012

Title: Collaboration by Difference
Author: Curtis Ogden
Date: August 16, 2012

Title: Building Trust Across Sectors
Author: Lynda St. Clair, Ph.D. and Mary Tschirhart, Ph.D.
Date: August 22, 2012

Title: Thinking and Acting Systemically
Author: David Peter Stroh
Date: Aug 21, 2012