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Welcome New Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager, Elizabeth Lanyon!

If you have been following LLC’s transition and restructuring series, we have been implanting new strategies these past few months, which come at the recommendation of our board. Our board strongly suggested it was time to try something new to build LLC’s capacity to deliver on some very ambitious goals for 2017 – stay tuned for more info!


Earlier this summer, we conducted a successful search for a development staff member. With the support and guidance of CompassPoint, LLC was able to move forward on one of our goals and recruit an amazing Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager. Elizabeth Lanyon was interviewed by the entire LLC team and was a big thumbs up all around. She brings an impressive background in fund development, which we share below. We are impressed with her entrepreneurial spirit, a “can do” enthusiasm, a social change ethos and history of advocating for youth. read more »

Nonprofit Leadership Newsbrief: Power and Mindfulness in Leadership, October 2013

This month’s newsletter will take power and mindfulness, as it relates to leadership development, under its microscope. At Creating Space X 2013, we discussed how leadership is in a state of transition; that “wicked problems” or complicated problems of our age, such as climate change, income inequality, racial bias etc., will require a different kind of leadership to solve. This is a topic that most recently, UK actor and now guest Editor of the progressive New Statesmen magazine, Russell Brand, has recently taken to discussing. In this short soundbite from an Interview, he very passionately calls for a change in leadership and strategies to combat these wicked problems. We think it’s worth sharing!


This newsletter will examine the issues of power as it relates to leadership to combat these wicked problems. As we prepare to face the transition how can we re-orient our understanding and relation to power; how might we re-imagine power? read more »

Leadership in Networks

I just returned from the Center for Ethical Leadership’s annual Confluence, a meeting that brings a diverse group of people for 2-3 days to explore specific topics.  This years’ Confluence was a meeting on Network Principles in Play that brought together 65 network practitioners who are supporting networks focused on hunger and food insecurity, aging and a number of other issues.  I am still mulling over several questions that emerged for me in the course of conversation and the one that has the most traction of course… is about leadership.

I found myself thinking that it may be useful to draw on the parallel distinction between leadership and management that we bring to organizational leadership as we think about the type of leadership needed to help networks innovate and take action.  In her blog post last month, Miriam shared some observations she gleaned from a CompassPoint session on Leadership that explored the difference between management and leadership:

“Management concentrates on the details; what needs to be done now to reach our goal (agenda), the logistics, producing order and systems. Leadership keeps its eye on the larger picture; the mission, visualizing the larger goal (agenda). Success cannot be achieved if you do not have both in our projects.” read more »

Leadership & Networks: One Year after the Publication, Looking into Application

Last year, we published the publication Leadership and Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World, which outlines ideas, examples, and resources that inspire and help leadership programs to question their assumptions about leadership and more fully leverage network approaches.  Since then, we have seen increased interest from the community to implement some of these ideas into action.  Over the next few months, we will partner with two of the co-authors of the report, June Holley and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, to conduct a research and development project focused on improving network leadership development, with the support of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  With this new project, we are hoping to dive into the application piece and get to the core of what is needed to leverage network approaches.  Our approach will be experimentation focused – we will develop prototypes to test our assumptions and refine our thinking of the gaps and opportunities that exist in this area. The research and development phase will guide our efforts to ultimately develop a relevant and comprehensive network leadership curriculum plan.

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Register for the Bay Area Learning Circle: Star Power


                                       Bay Area StarPower Simulation
                                                     February 27, 2014

We look forward to sharing and dissecting the process of this powerful tool with Leadership

                                             Development Practitioners in the Bay Area! 



Bay Area Learning Circle: Star Power

Date:February 27, 2014
Location:The California Endowment
1111 Broadway (7th Floor)
Oakland, CA 94607
Note:Brown Bag Lunch- Please bring your own lunch. 

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Actualizing Evolutionary Co-Leadership: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections

Why are new forms of leadership urgently needed?

This month our Bay Area participants brought necessary questions about Collective Leadership to a Learning Circle on October 1st.

A bright sunny room filled with 19 participants from all over the Bay Area at the California Endowment set the stage to learn about Evolutionary Co-Leadership with Alain Gauthier of Core Leadership Development. To begin,  Alain first engaged participants by asking them to share in small groups  what “evolutionary” means for each person. In small table groups participants shared definitions that included viewing evolution as a biological and anthropological process, a process of growth and learning, and of adaptation and innovation for survival. Many of us at the circle also likened evolution to progress, continuation and improvement. We were asked to share our experiences of collective leadership and the questions we bring. Questions surfaced around the role of an individual’s identity in the collective process, how accountability is achieved, what degree of openness is required, and ways to equitably bring together stakeholders regardless of positional leadership status.

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LLC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Learning Cluster Organizers Cheryl D. Fields and Mary Stelletello

This year following our national gathering, Creating Space X, LLC recognized the need and interest of participants to self-organize in order to continue building relationships and pursue collective learning. CSX participants surveyed in June indicated the greatest interest in exploring Leadership and Equity as well as Leadership and Networks. We are proud to Spotlight the members of our community who have boldly and generously accepted the challenge of organizing learning clusters around these themes. Cheryl Fields of Langhum Mitchell Communications, and Mary Stelletello of Vista Global Coaching & Consulting  are currently partnering to prepare for the launch of LLC's Leadership and Equity learning cluster. Learning cluster participants will be able to share insights with the community as to what “works” in terms of virtually building small hubs of peer learning and study. We are excited to follow Cheryl and Mary’s progress in their organizing and share the highlights with you.

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Leadership in Transition: Ceasar McDowell at Creating Space X

Leadership in Transition: Ceasar McDowell at Creating Space X
from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.


In this clip, Ceasar discusses the challenge of existing in a transitional state of leadership between the world that we live in and the world that social justice change makers wish to see in the future. Tawana Petty responds by discussing the New Leadership Mindset that is required to recognize and develop leadership that is more collective, networked, and inclusive. 

Ceasar McDowell's Show at Creating Space X featured June Holley, Alvin Starks, Kenny Bailey and Deborah Meehan as panelists. 





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