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To celebrate the publication of Leadership & Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World, we are convening Boston area funders, practitioners and evaluators to explore what it means to lead with a network mindset.
Date: April 5, 2013 from 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: The Boston Foundation
75 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116
Details: Coffee, water, bagels & fruit will be served
Registration Fee: $15 to offset the cost of refreshments read more »
Submitted by LLC Staff on Tue, 03/19/2013 - 13:12
Presenter: Leslie Medine, Alissa Gentille and Nick Challed of On The Move
Topic: Raising Up the Next Generation of Public Sector Leaders
Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
Hear from two alumni of On The Move’s leadership development program, about the organization’s innovative model to support emerging leaders within schools, public institutions, non-profit organizations and the health field. The webinar provides key principles, practices and strategies of implementation. Specifically, we explore the model’s approach of bringing together multi-generational communities of emerging and veteran leaders, who learn together to remove the barriers that prevent our collective success.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Fri, 03/01/2013 - 16:41
The Creating Space Design Team has set a high bar for CSX! We want to create a transformative learning experience to explore how leadership development approaches are promoting social innovation around complex challenges and we need your help. We are turning to you for ideas/models/approaches that are breaking new ground. Maybe you are experimenting with a new approach in your leadership development work or your recruitment strategy; maybe you are developing curriculum for bringing a race conscious lens to leadership work or a more network-centric approach. Maybe you don't run a leadership program but you are consciously developing people in the course of organizing work, developing a network or a coalition effort. The design team will be creating multiple opportunities for you to share and learn about the work of others in meaningful ways. We invite you to share what you would like to offer in informal or formal exchanges. All of your ideas will be shared on the Creating Space page on the Leadership Learning Community website as you post them.
Submitted by Eleanor Cooney on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 14:35
On Leadership and Networks…
Curtis Ogden of IISC writes on network evaluation, offering a clear infographic on the framework for network building and links to key resources including “Network Evaluation: Cultivating Healthy Networks for Social Change” by Eli Malinsky and Chad Lubelsky. Beth Tener demonstrates the value in visually representing networks for those involved in systems change. She asserts that it is critical for change agents to “see the system” they work within. Debra Askanase reflects on her recent “Redefining Community Leadership for an Online World” session where the traditional community leadership model is explored and compared to the emerging online community leadership model.
Submitted by Lauren Rodriguez on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:29
I am closely following the movement for immigration reform that has gained traction at the beginning of President Obama’s second term in office. This is an interest inspired by my own family’s journey of migration from Mexico to the United States as well as my bicultural and bilingual upbringing along the U.S.- Mexico border. Having been involved in different elements of the migrants rights struggle, I thought I would reflect on the movement, by means of a leadership lens, as we work towards comprehensive immigration reform.
I have been most struck by the movement for comprehensive immigration reform for the reasons that leadership mobilization has taken on a more collective and networked outlook. Traditional notions of leadership tend to idealize the notion of the inspirational person, a figure who exercises influence or mobilizes others. This idea is reinforced by a culture of individualism that permeates our socialization and our beliefs in extraordinary individuals. This is not to mean that the traditional role of the individual leader may or not be absent from the immigration reform movement, but that the reform movement is centered around a shared experience that inspires collective action. The role of collective experiences of oppression related to unjust and inhumane migratory policies have inspired people to organize and to prioritize actions for the collective change. Shared and collective grievances become a driving factor for mobilization coupled with a demographic shift taking place on in this country. This means that immigrant families and their children are growing at rates that are strong enough to challenge Republicans at the polls and have pushed them to get behind reform; giving voices and power to historically marginalized populations in American society.
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:25
Several years ago I had the opportunity to participate in StarPower a game simulation that was conducted by Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR). Without giving anything away I think that I can safely say that most of us thought it was a powerful and illuminating experience. LDIR hosted the session for leadership development programs so that we could learn from and about StarPower as an important tool for leadership programs that want to help participants understand how oppressive systems work and are perpetuated. I bring this up because Dave Nakashima has generously offered to conduct a session for leadership development folks in the Bay Area. You may wonder which leadership programs that would be most beneficial to. I would say all. Why?
Submitted by Natalia Castaneda on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:15
This year’s Creating Space will focus on Breaking New Ground: Leadership Development for Social Innovation and Impact. We assembled a diverse team of thought leaders to help us design a unique learning experience that allows participants to consider a broad range of leadership development experiences, both tried and true and unconventional approaches that could elevate our work to a new level of impact on complex social issues.
Take a look at the design team for Creating Space 2013!
Submitted by Zoe Madden-Wood on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:06
You have your project all planned out now you’re executing the project and monitoring the moving pieces to see how they all fit together.
This is when all of your project management tools really jump into gear and prove their use in real time. We use Basecamp as our way of tracking what is happening with the project and making sure we don’t lose our communication in old email threads.
Cross-checking against the budget
We use Harvest to track our time. This is great for tracking the overall budget and has it’s own handy visual icon, but sometimes it doesn’t provide enough information. With rather large projects, we’ll download the data from Harvest to get a more detailed look that we can cross-reference with our estimates for individual categories. Pivot charts are super useful for gathering information together.
This provides the additional benefit of helping to reconcile how much of the work has been done versus how much of the money has been spent. If you’re 60% done with the project, but 70% done with the budget, then it’s definitely time to troubleshoot and figure out how to move forward.
Submitted by Deborah Meehan on Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:47
generated another set of lessons:
If you know the LLC Board of Directors, you will not be surprised to hear that we had a very rigorous conversation about leadership transitions that again
generated another set of lessons:
1. Look at the ‘for what’ of your leadership needs: That’s a pretty popular leadership question and it turns out to be relevant to the transition conversation. For example, the board reminded us that the discussion about transition and restructuring does not happen in a vacuum and is not static. It needs to be closely tied to our big and reaching goals for the next three years. In fact, the board asked the question broadly to include the type of leadership we would need from the staff and the board itself as we refine and operationalize our goals. For example, one question that emerged was whether or not we would need to continue expanding the staff to reach our 2016 targets. This caused me to think differently about fundraising and whether we needed to build this capacity as part of our leadership restructuring. The board is thinking about the capacities that they also need and will be inviting guests to the Creating Space board meeting. It’s pretty cool the way this conversation is permeating and invigorating the entire organization.
Submitted by LLC Staff on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 14:38
Presenter: Renato Almanzor, Director of Programs at LeaderSpring
Topic: Transforming Power and Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Competency
Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT
This webinar examines how power and privilege manifest in leaders working in the social sector and in community, and the necessary competencies for actualizing power toward community well-being and liberation. In addition, we explore what is required for leadership development program providers to effectively surface issues of power and privilege in their program delivery. Toward these objectives, what are the necessary competencies? What are the conditions necessary to develop these competencies in the context of leadership development programming? read more »