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The Social Media and Leadership Learning Circle has grown out of a number of conversations, experiences and other learning opportunities. We hope to bring intention, fun, and rigor to exploring, developing and sharing knowledge about the implications of social media for leading change. Formally launched at Creating Space VIII in 2007, the circle is still in it's planning and thinking stages and will be blogging about our progress. In the meantime, join us for a conversation on the topic in San Francisco on May 16th, 2008!

Lessons in humanity, leadership, and environmental responsibility in Hawai'i.

Those of us who have been here in Honolulu at the Engaging Communities in Education/Community Learning Exchange this past week had the opportunity to visit Ma'O Organic Farm yesterday.  Th read more »

Rural Health Innovation through Leadership Development and Organisational Effectiveness PDF file [download] [more info]

Improving rural health service delivery is a major challenge in India as 73 percent of its population resides in rural areas. Recognizing the need to improve rural health service delivery, the Government of India launched the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in 2005. The NRHM aims to undertake architectural correction of the rural health system through communitization, improved management, flexible financing, innovations in human resource management, and strengthened monitoring against standards. This paper describes an innovative leadership development and organizational effectiveness intervention for district health teams comprising district and block (sub-district) level health officials in three districts of Jharkhand, a state with low socio-economic conditions. The intervention over a period of three years comprised of a sequence of short-term training programmes in leadership and organizational effectiveness with on-the-job support through follow-up between training programmes. The intervention led to increased focus on health system performance by the district health teams in these districts although the results varied. The district health teams strengthened public-private partnerships, accelerated communitization process, improved functionality of facilities, and demonstrated role models. However, several factors also limited the potential impact of the intervention. These include serious human resource constraints, frequent transfers of district heads, procedural hurdles in funds flow from state to districts and quality of governance. Despite these constraints, leadership development and organizational effectiveness intervention is an effective instrument for strengthening rural health system. The paper presents recommendations on how its impact can be further increased.

Authors: Anant Kumar and Jay Satia

Subjects: Leadership Development and Organisational Effectiveness

12/01/2010 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by pandeyanant

What attracts and sustains your participation in leadership networks?

This is one of the questions the Boston Learning Circle will be exploring in an upcoming Conversation on Leadership and Networks.  I started to reflect about my own participation in leadership networks, about what attracted my participation and why I remain committed. In 2000, when I joined Deborah to establish learning circles among practitioners of leadership development, I invited evaluation practitioners to form a network to co-evolve our practice together, and collectively influence the field of philanthrophy.  We formed an unlikely alliance since we often competed with each other for work. These were the days when evaluation contracts were more substantial than they are today!  I was attracted to form an evaluation learning circle by the unparelled opportunity to learn with colleagues I respected.  I knew we all had gifts to share with each other, that would push our collective capacity forward.  We became a community voice in the fields of evaluation, leadership development, and philanthropy.  read more »

Leadership Networks and Social Network Mapping

The Health Leadership Circle held a WebEx learning session on Leadership Networks and Social Network Mapping. Claire Reinelt (Leadership Learning Community) and Bruce Hoppe (Connective Associates) facilitated the call. Claire reviewed key findings from the Health Leadership Circle network survey about what health issues Circle members focus most on in their work and what Circle members most want to learn. The top Circle member focus areas are reducing/eliminating disparities, community health and public health. The Circle member learning priorities are "Impacting Systems Change" and "Network Development and Sustainability." Bruce provided an overview of some key social network analysis concepts and shared the network maps of the Health Leadership Circle for the issues that people address in their work and what people want to learn more about. A handout of the powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post. We asked Circle members to share their questions for deeper learning regarding impacting health systems change; and network development and sustainability. Also attached is a summary of all the questions we received. read more »

Social Media: Changing How Change Happens

The power of social media for change is being talked about and leveraged all over the place.

  • John Fontana's recent post on Network World highlights the value of "citizen" engagement, social media and web-based networking in the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.
  • Clay Shirky's recent book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations talks about how social media has removed or lessened many of the barriers to self-organizing (and in my thinking lessened the relevance of the nonprofit model so that many things can be accomplished with "adhocracies"). The book itself has a blog too, where readers are active commenters.
  • The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and Beth Kanter are facilitating a wiki project to develop a social media curriculum specifically for nonprofits and change initiatives called Be the Media: The Social Media Empowerment Guide for Nonprofits.
  • And, over at NetSquared - Remixing the Web for Social Change, there's a veritable cornucopia of stories, examples and how-to's regarding social media and geared for nonprofits and change initiatives.

    Indeed, social media is changing how change happens. So what does this mean for leadership development - how programs are structured and supported, how are people recruited and selected, what's included in curriculum and how do we evaluate? My general instinct is that the term "leader" will be thought of as a fixed definition of a singular individual less and less. And we will talk more and more about leadership as a context-specific process exercised both by people and groups of people at different points in time. What is nonprofit leadership for 2020? What do you think?

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 »

Social Network Analysis and the Evaluation of Leadership Networks

Leadership development practitioners have become increasingly interested in the formation of leadership networks as a way to sustain and strengthen relationships among leaders within and across organizations, communities, and systems. Bruce Hoppe and I recently wrote a paper (see below for the attachment) that offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and identifies the outcomes that are typically associated with each type of network. read more »

Online Activism and Social Change

Over on the NetSquared Think Tank Blog (net2thinktank), Britt Bravo is asking the question "Is Online Activism Good for Social Change?" (She will be posting answers from around the net after May 20th.)

My immediate gut reaction is yes, online activism is a useful tool for social change. But then, I quickly waver over to "no," as when I sign a petition on a website, and think I have done something meaningful toward making the world a better place, that's a bit of a problem. Have I actually had an effect, or do I look good on a grant report and like an engaged potential member/donor to a development team? read more »

Leadership and Social Media, New Architectures of Change PDF file [download] [more info]

The social web is a brand new way of doing very old things with still emerging implications. The nature of change has always been connected and collective but our recent history and the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and our social change organizations has been much less so. This essay begins to examine the factors of this shift and it's implications, posing questions about moving forward.

Authors: Elissa Perry

Subjects: collective leadership, leadership, networks, social media, self-organizing, technology

04/14/2008 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

"New" Architectures and Change: A Bay Area Discussion on Leadership and Social Media

The social web is a brand new way of doing very old things with still emerging implications. The nature of change has always been connected and collective but our recent history and the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and our social change organizations has been much less so. We as a people, and our communication tools, are on a path to bring the individual and the collective back into balance and planning for this is both impossible and necessary. A document in progress examining this shift is available here.

Join the Bay Area LLC on May 16th, 2008 (save the date!) to discuss this topic live and in person at the next Bay Area circle gathering.

Joint Meeting of Three LLC Circles on Sustaining Leadership Networks Microsoft Word file [download] [more info]

Three LLC circles (Sustaining Networks/Alumni, Social Media and Leadership, and Health Leadership) convened for a conference call and web-based meeting using the WebEx platform to discuss creating and sustaining leadership networks. Twenty people explored the following questions: 1) What forms of collaboration and network creation are we seeing in the leadership development arena? 2) What tools or processes do we find strengthen leadership networks? And 3), What are the biggest challenges to sustaining network participation? Please see the blog post about this event for even more information and a link to the recording of the session.

Authors: Odin Zackman, Elissa Perry, Claire Reinelt

Subjects: sustainable networks, social media, learning circle, health

02/05/2008 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 2 attachments - Posted by Elissa Perry

Three LLC Circles Share Learning About Sustainable Leadership Networks

Three LLC circles (Sustaining Networks/Alumni, Social Media and Leadership, and Health Leadership) convened for a conference call and web-based meeting using the WebEx platform to discuss creating and sustaining leadership networks. Twenty people explored the following questions: read more »

  • What forms of collaboration and network creation are we seeing in the leadership development arena?
  • What tools or processes do we find strengthen leadership networks?
  • What are the biggest challenges to sustaining network participation?

Let's Stand Up For Creativity in 2008 (and beyond)

To the Presidents and Deans of America's Arts, Theater, Design, Engineering, Science, and Journalism Schools: In one year we'll be asked to choose a President, 34 Senators, all 435 Congressmen, 11 governors, and thousands of state and local officials. Do you know of any candidate, at any level, that has a platform on creativity, the arts or innovation? Neither do I. read more »

Tom Tresser - The Creativity Imperative PDF file [download] [more info]

This is my personal manifesto laying out the argument for creativity as a national value and as a trigger for civic engagement and a driver of public policy.

Authors: Tom Tresser

Subjects: innovation, creativity, public policy, national priority, values

01/29/2008 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by tomtee

Strategic Communications - DC Circle Meeting Notes - October 2007 Microsoft Word file [download] [more info]

Meeting notes from the October 2007 Washington DC learning circle gathering on strategic communications.

Authors: swilcox

Subjects: learning circle, washingtondc, communications, swilcox

01/11/2008 - 14:17 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Blog Entries

  • cfields@langhummitchell.com

    Those of us who have been here in Honolulu at the Engaging Communities in Education/Community Learning Exchange this past week had the opportunity to visit Ma'O Organic Farm yesterday.  Th

    06/08/2013 - 15:27
  • Claire Reinelt

    This is one of the questions the Boston Learning Circle will be exploring in an upcoming Conversation on Leadership and Networks.  I started to reflect about my own participation in leadership networks, about what attracted my participation and why I remain committed. In 2000, when I joined Deborah to establish learning circles among practitioners of leadership development, I invited evaluation practitioners to form a network to co-evolve our practice together, and collectively influence the field of philanthrophy.  We formed an unlikely alliance since we often competed with each other for work. These were the days when evaluation contracts were more substantial than they are today!  I was attracted to form an evaluation learning circle by the unparelled opportunity to learn with colleagues I respected.  I knew we all had gifts to share with each other, that would push our collective capacity forward.  We became a community voice in the fields of evaluation, leadership development, and philanthropy. 

    03/16/2010 - 07:02
  • Claire Reinelt

    The Health Leadership Circle held a WebEx learning session on Leadership Networks and Social Network Mapping. Claire Reinelt (Leadership Learning Community) and Bruce Hoppe (Connective Associates) facilitated the call. Claire reviewed key findings from the Health Leadership Circle network survey about what health issues Circle members focus most on in their work and what Circle members most want to learn. The top Circle member focus areas are reducing/eliminating disparities, community health and public health. The Circle member learning priorities are "Impacting Systems Change" and "Network Development and Sustainability." Bruce provided an overview of some key social network analysis concepts and shared the network maps of the Health Leadership Circle for the issues that people address in their work and what people want to learn more about. A handout of the powerpoint presentation is attached to this blog post. We asked Circle members to share their questions for deeper learning regarding impacting health systems change; and network development and sustainability. Also attached is a summary of all the questions we received.

    09/02/2008 - 17:20
  • Elissa Perry

    The power of social media for change is being talked about and leveraged all over the place.

    • John Fontana's recent post on Network World highlights the value of "citizen" engagement, social media and web-based networking in the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans.
    • Clay Shirky's recent book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations talks about how social media has removed or lessened many of the barriers to self-organizing (and in my thinking lessened the relevance of the nonprofit model so that many things can be accomplished with "adhocracies"). The book itself has a blog too, where readers are active commenters.
    • The Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (NTEN) and Beth Kanter are facilitating a wiki project to develop a social media curriculum specifically for nonprofits and change initiatives called Be the Media: The Social Media Empowerment Guide for Nonprofits.
    • And, over at NetSquared - Remixing the Web for Social Change, there's a veritable cornucopia of stories, examples and how-to's regarding social media and geared for nonprofits and change initiatives.

      Indeed, social media is changing how change happens. So what does this mean for leadership development - how programs are structured and supported, how are people recruited and selected, what's included in curriculum and how do we evaluate? My general instinct is that the term "leader" will be thought of as a fixed definition of a singular individual less and less. And we will talk more and more about leadership as a context-specific process exercised both by people and groups of people at different points in time. What is nonprofit leadership for 2020? What do you think?

    07/01/2008 - 13:54
  • Elissa Perry

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

    05/28/2008 - 11:32
  • Claire Reinelt

    Leadership development practitioners have become increasingly interested in the formation of leadership networks as a way to sustain and strengthen relationships among leaders within and across organizations, communities, and systems. Bruce Hoppe and I recently wrote a paper (see below for the attachment) that offers a framework for conceptualizing different types of leadership networks and identifies the outcomes that are typically associated with each type of network.

    05/22/2008 - 12:51
  • Elissa Perry

    Over on the NetSquared Think Tank Blog (net2thinktank), Britt Bravo is asking the question "Is Online Activism Good for Social Change?" (She will be posting answers from around the net after May 20th.)

    My immediate gut reaction is yes, online activism is a useful tool for social change. But then, I quickly waver over to "no," as when I sign a petition on a website, and think I have done something meaningful toward making the world a better place, that's a bit of a problem. Have I actually had an effect, or do I look good on a grant report and like an engaged potential member/donor to a development team?

    05/20/2008 - 14:11
  • Elissa Perry

    The social web is a brand new way of doing very old things with still emerging implications. The nature of change has always been connected and collective but our recent history and the infrastructure of the nonprofit sector and our social change organizations has been much less so. We as a people, and our communication tools, are on a path to bring the individual and the collective back into balance and planning for this is both impossible and necessary. A document in progress examining this shift is available here.

    Join the Bay Area LLC on May 16th, 2008 (save the date!) to discuss this topic live and in person at the next Bay Area circle gathering.

    04/14/2008 - 15:31
  • Claire Reinelt

    Three LLC circles (Sustaining Networks/Alumni, Social Media and Leadership, and Health Leadership) convened for a conference call and web-based meeting using the WebEx platform to discuss creating and sustaining leadership networks. Twenty people explored the following questions:

    • What forms of collaboration and network creation are we seeing in the leadership development arena?
    • What tools or processes do we find strengthen leadership networks?
    • What are the biggest challenges to sustaining network participation?
    02/04/2008 - 14:31
  • tomtee

    To the Presidents and Deans of America's Arts, Theater, Design, Engineering, Science, and Journalism Schools: In one year we'll be asked to choose a President, 34 Senators, all 435 Congressmen, 11 governors, and thousands of state and local officials. Do you know of any candidate, at any level, that has a platform on creativity, the arts or innovation? Neither do I.

    01/29/2008 - 14:16

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