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The LLC Bay Area Learning Circles were formed in November 2000. 
Since then LLC has hosted dozens of events aimed deepening our learning around Social Sector Leadership Development by sharing tools, resources, curriculum approaches, successful practices as well as leadership challenges. 

What is a Bay Area Learning Circle? 


A Bay Area Learning Circle organizes the local LLC community around different events hosted by rotating participants. Gathering about 4-10 times per year, participants host and/or facilitate learning sessions on topics of specific interest. Learning Circles can also come together to test or share a particular model of work. All who share our interest in social change and leadership development efforts are welcome to join the Bay Area LLC Learning Circle.

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! 

 

Topic: 

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. 

 read more »

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.

 read more »

Guest Blog Post: Developing Evolutionary Co-Leadership to Embody a Radically New Development Paradigm

Alain Gauthier, Author of Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership
To evolve a Creative and Responsible Society

(Adapted from an article published in World Futures, The Journal of Global Education – Dec. 2012)

 

The purpose here is to explore why and how to develop an emerging form of integral leadership – called evolutionary co-leadership – that is responsibly dedicated to the co-evolution of life and humanity in the communities of Planet Earth. After offering some fresh distinctions about leadership, this article calls for a shift to a radically new development paradigm, and identifies key qualities and practices of evolutionary co-leadership. It then shares some views on the multiplying effects of an integral approach to co-leadership development and concludes with some avenues to disseminate this emerging leadership form, mainly to deal constructively with what Barbara Marx Hubbard1 calls the current “birthing pains” of a new civilization. read more »

Leadership and Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections

A couple days ago on August 15th, we co-hosted a two hour Learning Circle with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to address within our own community recent events as they relate to race and leadership. Some of you came to learn more about this subject, make connections among local organizations, and/or to find healing within each other.  We divided ourselves into smaller groups and dipped into our emotions, stories, and collected resources that had been on our mind.

 

Leadership and Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.

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Bay Area Learning Circle: Leadership & Race | Thursday, August 15, 2013

 

Topic: 

Bay Area Learning Circle: Leadership & Race read more »

  
Date:
Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 11:30am – 1:00pm Pacific
  
Location:Leadership Learning Community Office
1203 Preservation Park Way, Suite 200

Oakland, CA 94612
  
Details:Brown Bag Lunch
*Guests are invited to bring their lunch to this meeting

Register for the Bay Area Learning Circle with June Holley - Network Weaver

Bay Area Learning Circle: Network Weaving 

We are excited to have June Holley, author of the Network Weavers Handbook, in town to join us for a lively lunch conversation about network weaving, what it is, how to cultivate it and why it is important for people doing leadership development work.  Participants will receive LLC's recent publication, Leadership and Networks, also available for download online.  Please register ASAP since space for this event will be limited.  read more »

Who Decides What the Big Result Will Be?

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The Leadership and Collective Impact report makes a strong argument for the importance of putting a stake in the ground about the ‘big result’. The ‘big result’ is the result in the world that you hope your leadership work will make a contribution to, e.g. improved quality of life for members of a specific county, or improved community health.  The LLC Bay Area Circle convened today to talk about the report and one member offered a provocative question that took our exploration in some interesting directions, “Who gets to decide what that stake will be? People in a leadership program, the leadership program staff, or the funders who support the leadership program?

 read more »

Register for the Leadership Learning Community Bay Area and Boston Meetings on Leadership and Collective Impact

To celebrate the publication of the how-to series on leadership and collective impact (bit.ly/LeadershipGuides2012), we are convening Bay Area and Boston funders, practitioners and evaluators to focus learning on how to invest in, design, implement and assess leadership development processes that build relationships, catalyze networks, and benefit communities.

 

Registration Links Below read more »

Guest Blog Post: Weaving a Leadership Network for Nonprofit Boards

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By Amy Erickson, Capacity4Good Consulting, LLC

 

In a conference room at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in March 2010, approximately 100 community and nonprofit leaders and staff heard Heather McLeod Grant discuss her book Forces for Good. Heather talked about adopting a network mindset for shaping social change. As I listened and thought about the nature of this 35,000 member community, I saw an opportunity for a network weaver role. But for what purpose? The next thing I heard was my answer. Over and over I heard people asking how can we find future leaders for our boards?

In partnership with Lawson Knight, the executive director of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, we created a network to identify, engage and prepare emerging leaders for nonprofit board service. We launched the Walla Walla Leaders Network (WWLN) thanks to funding through Philanthropy Northwest’s Community Foundation Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofits. The initiative was based on a 2009 study of the capacity needs of nonprofit organizations in Washington State, which identified eight essential elements of a healthy nonprofit ecosystem. Dubbed The Nonprofit Ecosystem Report, the findings indicated that in Walla Walla County, nonprofit boards often are populated by many of the same people, and sometimes by successive generations of family members. Community members often describe the local boards as dysfunctional.

 read more »

Key Learnings from Open Conversations on Leadership, Networks and Race

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Over the last couple of weeks we have been hosting a series of meetings – both face-to-face and online – to engage leadership programs, funders and researchers with the Leadership for a New Era work, a collaborative research initiative focused on promoting a leadership model that is more inclusive, networked and collective. As we collectively discussed ideas and questions around Leadership and Race and Leadership and Networks with over 50 participants, a couple of trends and areas of interest came up. Here are some of the more interesting ideas we discussed: read more »

SF Bay Circle - Expanding Our Leadership Paradigm

Date: 
11/07/2008 - 11:30am - 2:30pm US/Eastern

Join the Leadership Learning Community’s Bay Area Circle for a “Brown Bag Lunch” & Learning Event read more »

LLC Event: 
LLC Event
Agenda: 
See description above.
Location:
Institute of International Education
530 Bush Street Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA, 94108
United States
Social Media and Leadership - Bay Area Gathering Notes PDF file [download] [more info]

The Social Media and Leadership Learning Circle had an initial meeting on May 16, 2008 in the Bay Area. The conversation was broad and began to develop a common understanding of what we mean by social media. The gathering also created a foundation for going deeper on the questions of social media and it's relationship to social change and social justice leadership. Brief notes that include some of the questions we will be pursuing are available here.

Authors: Elissa Perry

Subjects: bay area, social media, learning circle, leadership

05/28/2008 - 11:39 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Social Media Learning Circle

photo of Elissa taken by eekim

The Social Media and Leadership Learning Circle had an initial meeting on May 16, 2008 in the Bay Area. read more »

Leadership Learning Community and Northern California Grantmakers Program on Leadership Development PDF file [download] [more info]

On March 19, 2003, members of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) and Northern California Grantmakers (NCG) came together to explore a mutual interest in leadership development. Participants were Foundation staff and trustees, staff of local leadership development programs, and a few independent professionals working in the field of leadership. They brought to the session a diversity of perspectives on--and experiences with--the work of leadership. Objectives of the half day program were to enhance participants' understanding of important leadership capacities and skills; to explore a variety of approaches to strengthening leadership development through grantmaking; and to provide an opportunity for funders and practitioners to connect and think together about how to strengthen leadership development and social change in the nonprofit sector. Download (pdf) the synthesis of learning below.

Authors: Bella Celnik

Subjects: bay area, leadership development, cross program

03/27/2003 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Commissioning MultiCultural Evaluation PDF file [download] [more info]

Foundation resource guides entitled Commissioning Multicultural Evaluation and supporting materials. Participants worked with guiding principles for multicultural evaluation to assess the cultural proficiency of leadership development evaluations.

Authors: Hanh Cao Yu

Subjects: bay area, multicultural, leadership development, guides-tools-reports, evaluation, california endowment

06/18/2007 - 10:32 - 0 comments - 4 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

San Francisco Bay Area Learning Circle

The Bay Area Learning Circle of the LLC formed in November 2000. read more »

Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity - web site External website [view] [more info]

Created for Community Groups and Individuals: 1) Who want to know more about how to do evaluation. 2) Who are working on changing their communities. 3) Who want to be certain that their evaluations take into account issues of racism, power, privilege, and oppression in: a) Ways they organize and carry out evaluation, b) Kinds of questions they ask and outcomes they measure, c) Thinking about and using results, and d) At every step along the way.

Authors: Sally Leiderman

Subjects: race, evaluation, equity, caas, bridge leadership, boundary-crossing leadership

06/05/2005 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 0 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Leadership for Policy Change PDF file [download] [more info]

A report from PolicyLink by Angela Glover Blackwell on developing leadership to bring about change at the policy level.

Authors: Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink

Subjects: leadership, policy, changeagency

05/05/2004 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Supporting the Next Generation of Intercultural Leaders: A Dialogue With Young Leaders PDF file [download] [more info]

This document summarizes a focus group of young people, ages 18 - 28 who came together to address questions of intercultural leadership. They spoke to life experiences that compelled them to reach out across their own cultures, the skills that enabled them to do this successfully, and lessons about how to cultivate these abilities in leaders.

Authors: Taj James

Subjects: pipeline, nextgen, leadership, intercultural, generational transfer, emerging, bridging, boundary-crossing leadership

11/05/2001 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Blog Entries

  • LLC Staff

     

                                           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! 

     

    Topic: 

    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. 

    10/08/2013 - 15:59
  • Lauren Rodriguez

    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.

    10/04/2013 - 15:15
  • LLC Staff

    Alain Gauthier, Author of Actualizing Evolutionary Co-leadership
    To evolve a Creative and Responsible Society

    (Adapted from an article published in World Futures, The Journal of Global Education – Dec. 2012)

     

    The purpose here is to explore why and how to develop an emerging form of integral leadership – called evolutionary co-leadership – that is responsibly dedicated to the co-evolution of life and humanity in the communities of Planet Earth. After offering some fresh distinctions about leadership, this article calls for a shift to a radically new development paradigm, and identifies key qualities and practices of evolutionary co-leadership. It then shares some views on the multiplying effects of an integral approach to co-leadership development and concludes with some avenues to disseminate this emerging leadership form, mainly to deal constructively with what Barbara Marx Hubbard1 calls the current “birthing pains” of a new civilization.

    09/25/2013 - 16:01
  • LLC Staff

     

    Topic: 

    Bay Area Learning Circle: Actualizing Evolutionary Co-Leadership

      
    Date:Tuesday October 1, 2013 | 9am - 12pm Pacific
      
    Location:The California Endowment
    1111 Broadway (7th Floor),
    Oakland, CA 94607

    09/11/2013 - 12:11
  • Miriam Persley

    A couple days ago on August 15th, we co-hosted a two hour Learning Circle with the Rockwood Leadership Institute to address within our own community recent events as they relate to race and leadership. Some of you came to learn more about this subject, make connections among local organizations, and/or to find healing within each other.  We divided ourselves into smaller groups and dipped into our emotions, stories, and collected resources that had been on our mind.

     

    Leadership and Race: Bay Area Learning Circle Reflections from Leadership Learning Community on Vimeo.

    08/30/2013 - 08:38
  • LLC Staff

     

    Topic: 

    Bay Area Learning Circle: Leadership & Race

      
    Date:
    Thursday, August 15, 2013 | 11:30am – 1:00pm Pacific
      
    Location:Leadership Learning Community Office
    1203 Preservation Park Way, Suite 200

    Oakland, CA 94612
      
    Details:Brown Bag Lunch
    *Guests are invited to bring their lunch to this meeting
    08/05/2013 - 12:59
  • LLC Staff

    Bay Area Learning Circle: Network Weaving 

    We are excited to have June Holley, author of the Network Weavers Handbook, in town to join us for a lively lunch conversation about network weaving, what it is, how to cultivate it and why it is important for people doing leadership development work.  Participants will receive LLC's recent publication, Leadership and Networks, also available for download online.  Please register ASAP since space for this event will be limited. 

    01/04/2013 - 15:17
  • Deborah Meehan

    The Leadership and Collective Impact report makes a strong argument for the importance of putting a stake in the ground about the ‘big result’. The ‘big result’ is the result in the world that you hope your leadership work will make a contribution to, e.g. improved quality of life for members of a specific county, or improved community health.  The LLC Bay Area Circle convened today to talk about the report and one member offered a provocative question that took our exploration in some interesting directions, “Who gets to decide what that stake will be? People in a leadership program, the leadership program staff, or the funders who support the leadership program?

    11/28/2012 - 15:01
  • LLC Staff

    To celebrate the publication of the how-to series on leadership and collective impact (bit.ly/LeadershipGuides2012), we are convening Bay Area and Boston funders, practitioners and evaluators to focus learning on how to invest in, design, implement and assess leadership development processes that build relationships, catalyze networks, and benefit communities.

     

    Registration Links Below

    11/12/2012 - 13:48
  • Natalia Castaneda

    By Amy Erickson, Capacity4Good Consulting, LLC

     

    In a conference room at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in March 2010, approximately 100 community and nonprofit leaders and staff heard Heather McLeod Grant discuss her book Forces for Good. Heather talked about adopting a network mindset for shaping social change. As I listened and thought about the nature of this 35,000 member community, I saw an opportunity for a network weaver role. But for what purpose? The next thing I heard was my answer. Over and over I heard people asking how can we find future leaders for our boards?

    In partnership with Lawson Knight, the executive director of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, we created a network to identify, engage and prepare emerging leaders for nonprofit board service. We launched the Walla Walla Leaders Network (WWLN) thanks to funding through Philanthropy Northwest’s Community Foundation Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofits. The initiative was based on a 2009 study of the capacity needs of nonprofit organizations in Washington State, which identified eight essential elements of a healthy nonprofit ecosystem. Dubbed The Nonprofit Ecosystem Report, the findings indicated that in Walla Walla County, nonprofit boards often are populated by many of the same people, and sometimes by successive generations of family members. Community members often describe the local boards as dysfunctional.

    05/24/2012 - 15:02

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