What do you think is missing in the ways we think about and support leadership that prevents breakthrough change on economic and racial equity? That is one of the questions we are exploring as part of a project focused on identifying innovative leadership approaches and models with the potential to reach tangible progress on seemingly intractable social problems like economic and racial inequity in urban and rural areas that affect life opportunities for low-income families and children.
As part of the exploration we are hosting two Innovation Labs in Boston and the Bay Area. The goal of the Labs is to develop leadership scenarios that can help address key issues. For the Boston lab, the framing question is: What will it take to catalyze and support 1000s of leaders to align their efforts and work together to insure that all children grow up "whole"?
Thought leaders in each area will come together to brainstorm and prototype different ideas and scenarios. Participants for the Boston lab include: New Resource Strategies, Boston Alliance for GLBT Youth, Health Resources in Action, Thrive in 5 Leadership Council, Interaction Institute for Social Change, Open Society Institute, Boston Youth Organizing Project, DCA, Arbor Consulting Partners and Matey Odonkor (a user experience designer). Kenny Bailey and Lori Lobenstine, from the Design Studio for Social Intervention, and Claire Reinelt, from the Leadership Learning Community, will facilitate and document the conversation.
We invite you to join the discussion – here are some of the ways you can participate:
- Listen In: We will be live tweeting during the innovation labs so be sure to tune in and share your questions and ideas – please use the following hashtag: #leadershipnet Here are the dates:
- Boston Innovation Lab: Friday, September 16 2011 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm EST
- Bay Area Lab: Monday, September 19 2011 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm PST
- Join the Discussion: visit our LinkedIn group to join the conversation or share your ideas through this form
- Watch Videos: we will record short video interviews with some of the participants and share those through Twitter and the LLC website
We look forward to getting your questions and ideas!