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Early Reflection on Creating Space

Last week, we were honored  to spend three days convening with 85 members of the LLC community in New Orleans. We discussed, analyzed, and practiced Freedom to Lead and Leading for Freedom. To hold the container for these conversations, we trusted that the design team and everyone present were all catalysts with stories, strategies, and the capacity to create solutions to dismantle systemic problems. Our time together was focused on sharing and listening to our experiences and holding a container for healing, and strategizing solutions.

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LLC Webinar | Network Structures: Innovative Governance and Decision-Making with June Holley

 

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.

 

More and more networks are experimenting with and co-creating innovative network governance and structures that are self-organizing, encouraging and supporting the formation of collaborative circles for many or all of the operations and coordination functions of the network.

 

June Holley will share examples and offer several checklists and strategy worksheets to help your network determine if these new structures might be appropriate for them.

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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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LLC Webinar Series | Tools for Network Mapping: How SNA maps can transform your work with Christine Capra & Tracy Kunkler

 

Social Network Analyses are often used to measure the progress of networks. Through the maps, you’re able to track how relationships propel the work and which relationships can be fostered further to catalyze energy and create the foundation for more experiments and harvest learning. Networked inherently means that not all individuals or organization know each other, but maps clarify where the gaps are and how to achieve deeper connectivity. However, this tool can feel allusive and expensive. Join this webinar to learn more about how you can implement this tool in your work and begin to create your own maps.

 

Christine and Tracy will introduce a new approach to network mapping, which builds on the benefits of classic SNA and has recently become available through the new mapping tools Kumu and sumApp. They will discuss how these new tools enable an approach wasn’t really possible using the old tools - which is more collaborative, engaging, emergent, more designed to follow the energy, enable greater transparency, and able to track network development over time. They will talk about the process of developing these new kinds of network maps, how the tools make the difference and how they fit together, and share some benefits of this new approach.

 

Tuesday July 25, 2017

10:00am -11:00pm Pacific | 1:00pm-2:00pm Eastern

 

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Creating Space: Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom

 

This year we are hosting Creating Space in New Orleans. Our design team (introduced last month) has been creatively engaged in designing a  space that fosters deep learning experience that invites courageous conversation, humble sharing and collective meaning making. Our theme this year is Freedom to Lead & Leading for Freedom; below we share the values and ideas that are shaping this year’s design. In the next month, we will share a working agenda and seek your input

 

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Confluence 2017: Valuing Humanity

Earlier this month, I was honored to join the Management Assistance Group’s Confluence: A Sharing Of Learning, Questions, & Dreams in Chicago, in Illinois. The Confluence centered around creating and exploring deep equity. We explored how to create Leaderful Ecosystems with the premise that this cannot happen without: 1. Engaging/Cultivating the the Broader Spectrum of Leadership; 2. Advancing and Intentionally Embodying Equity; 3. Flexing Across The Leadership Spectrum by Influencing Complex Systems Change; 4. Valuing Multiple Ways of Knowing; and 5. Creating the Space for Inner Work.

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Listening Deeply, A Leadership Competency

Earlier this month, we attended the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland, California. It was a healing experience to be able to be grounded in art, music, and dance to find answers to what belonging and othering truly mean. We were tasked with analyzing the systems that create belonging and othering. One of the most inspiring themes from the convening was the need to listen deeply to each other’s stories. This is the role of social justice movements and of leadership development. Listening, deeply, is a leadership competency that creates change. As each presenter acknowledged, this country is highly divided and by not listening deeply to one another we create othering, we can leave many outside of the work.

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Leadership Tools for Sustaining A Network: The Technology Behind The Scenes

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Wednesday May 31st, 2017

11:00 am Pacific | 2:oo pm Eastern

 

Sustaining a network requires strategy and technology to leverage the full potential of a network is a critical 21st century leadership competency. With so many options, it can feel overwhelming to know what to use and how to use it. In this webinar, we will walk through some of the platforms we use to leverage the work around us for some of our consulting projects. This will be a technical walkthrough to inspire you to use these tools in your own leadership work. Our objective is to share how we create and sustain network structures in our work and introduce you to the possibilities available to you.

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How Leadership Development Programs Can Harvest Social Change Though Their Alumni Network (April 2017)

Earlier this month we announced, via email and social media, the finalists of our Action Learning Seed Fund. In case you missed it, our finalists are The WISE Network, Black Muslim Youth Rising - Intensive Leadership Retreat, and VigilantLove Creative Organizing & Healing Justice.

 

The Model

In January, the Leadership Learning Community announced it would disburse $25,000 in Seed Funding. It would be a small fund intended to seed work developing the leadership of people of color that could foster learning in the network to increase racial equity work. Thanks to you all we were able to engage hundreds of different people in this collective and networked process. The applications did not require a large lift for any of the applicants and reviewers were able to score each application on four criteria.

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Unbound and Unboxed: Empowering Womxn of Color

The 32nd Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference (EWOCC) took place on March 18th at UC Berkeley. The theme, “Unbound and Unboxed,” focused on empowerment and self-care. The conference is held each year by the University of California’s Women of Color Initiative through the Graduate Assembly. It was a sold out affair with womxn from all over the country attending. Imagine a room filled with hundreds of powerful womxn of color in a conference meant to unbound and unbox a collective power guided by self-care as a form of resistance.

 

Some of the most salient moments for me came from the the panel on Methods of Resistance. In it, five young womxn activists and organizers spoke about the ways their existence becomes radical resistance and how much self-care this work requires.

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