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Sustaining Networks Learning Circle

At LLC's national meeting in 2002, Creating Space III, there was a strong mandate from leadership programs and funders to build the potential for a national network of alumni by strengthening each leadership programs' capacity to effectively engage their graduates in sustainable networks.

LLC conducted several learning sessions with over a dozen leadership programs to mine lessons and innovative practices that support the sustainability of fellowship networks. The results of this learning are available in the knowledge and resources area.

During the LLC national meeting, Creating Space IV, in May 2003, participants in the Sustaining Networks Circle sessions began actively building relationships across programs around some joint ventures. The group has continued to meet and recently has been documenting its work using a wiki.

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 »

LEAD New York

Host type: Not applicable

Key contact:

Name: Larry Van De Valk
Phone: 607-255-7907
ljv4@cornell.edu

Website: http://www.leadny.org

What are the desired outcomes of the program?

To inspire and develop leaders for the food, agricultural and natural resource industries.


Does the program serve a specific population?

Yes :


What are key assumptions about leadership and how to support and develop leadership embedded in the program?

Leadership is a social influence process for change.


What leadership development theories does the program support?
What leadership devlopment approaches does the program support\utilize?
What is the focus of the program?
What are the core components of the program? What leadership capacities does the program cultivate?
Does the initiative have a "theory of change" or a "program logic model"? (will link to definition nodes on dev server)
Yes. .

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 »

The Lab: The Impact Brokers Virtual Learning Laboratory

Janice Epstein

Welcome to the Impact Brokers virtual learning laboratory where your thoughtful input is seriously welcome! What is Impact Brokers (IB), you ask? In a nutshell, IB is a radically different way of ‘doing’ social change. We are a group of nonprofit organizations, funders, consultants, and community members who have been meeting since January 2008 to solve complex social problems together by identifying common issues, discovering root causes and strengthening our collaborative capacity for change. We meet quarterly for Learning Community Meetings to, among other things, review individual and shared capacity building projects and otherwise strengthen our relationships for the benefit of the whole.

LLC awarded IB’s Boston Member Circle a Community Seed grant to support an online learning lab to explore the themes of social capital and networks within the framework of adaptive and collective leadership. If you are choking on that sentence like I am, here’s a Heimlich: we’re going to deepen our understanding of what we do and how we do it so that we can capitalize on our relationships for the benefit of all involved.

So, to christen this learning laboratory, we want to talk a bit about leadership and, specifically leadership that is not carried out by one person. For in the IB Boston Member Circle, there purposely is no one leader. In A New Look at Leadership in Collaborative Networks: Process Catalysts, Mandell and Keast write that leadership in collaborative networks is “the process of getting all members to interact in new ways that tap into their strengths” and that “leadership…is about focusing on the processes of building a new whole rather than primarily focusing on more efficient ways to deliver services.” read more »

Leadership and Sustaining Breakthrough Change

For anyone interested in creating and sustaining breakthrough change, you may want to read a fascinating article by Matthew Chin entitled Sustainability and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (September 2003). Matthew runs Operations Success Programs with the Primary Care Development Corporation, an organization that helps health centers and clinics form learning collaboratives to achieve and sustain transformational change in serving the poor, the uninsured, and the under-insured in New York City.

After years of implementing a highly successful organizational learning model in diverse health centers and clinics, he and his colleagues became interested in why clinics and health centers have a hard time sustaining the gains that they made. He discovered that leadership was critical to long-term success. read more »

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

Networks and Communities of Practice: What is the difference?

GroupWork2-Community or Network

Networks and communities of practice are often terms that are used interchangeably. Is there a difference? read more »

Interactive on-line alumni directories

Have you created an interactive on-line directory that enables alumni of your program to connect with each other around shared interests and to find resources? read more »

Learning about Networks

Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA). 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

A Dialogue with Bridge Leaders PDF file [download] [more info]

The LLC convened a gathering of 15 recognized Bridge Leaders in Los Angeles. The LLC was asked to host this discussion by 5 California foundations responding to a request from the community in the aftermath of the LA riots. Participants were asked how to cultivate and support bridge leaders.

Authors: Leadership Learning Community, Deborah Meehan

Subjects: losangeles, leadership, corecompetencies, california, bridge leadership, boundary-crossing leadership

08/05/2001 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellows Network PDF file [download] [more info]

A Report on the History, Accomplishments, and Challenges for the Casey Fellows Network

Authors: Kim McGaughey

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

05/30/2000 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by

Changing the Face of America PDF file [download] [more info]

Highlights from the Annie E. Casey Foundations's 4th annual Leadership Development Workshop

Authors: Annie E. Casey Foundation

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

05/30/2007 - 12:01 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Cross Alumni Learning Summary PDF file [download] [more info]

This document summarizes the work of the learning circle up to and including the Creating Space sessions in May of 2005.

Authors: Odin Zackman

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

05/22/2005 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Cross Alumni Collaboration Executive Summary PDF file [download] [more info]

Learn more about LLC's Sustaining Networks and Alumni Learning Circle in this executive summary.

Authors: Odin Zackman

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

04/22/2004 - 00:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

Cross Program Alumni Gathering PDF file [download] [more info]

LLC has convened a group of alumni and program staff representing twelve leadership development programs nationwide to identify, coordinate, and act on opportunities for collaboration across programs. This document reports on their March 2004 meeting.

Authors: Odin Zackman

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

03/22/2004 - 01:00 - 0 comments - 1 attachment - Posted by Elissa Perry

What we are Learning About Creating Sustainable Fellowship Networks PDF file [download] [more info]

The LLC has sponsored a number of learning sessions focusing on how to effectively work with the graduates of our programs. The lessons and approaches discussed in this document were generated by LLC regional circles in New York and Washington DC. The document shares learning around the following questions: Naming: Sustainable Fellowship Networks or Alumni Organizing?; What Do Programs Hope to Achieve Through Sustainable Networks?; What are the Obstacles to Building Sustainable Fellowship Networks?; How Are Fellowship Networks Initiated?; What are the Types of Fellowship Network Activities?; How are Fellowship Networks being Supported?; and How are Fellowship Networks Communicating and Using Technology?

Authors: Odin Zackman

Subjects: sustainable networks, programs, fellows, alumni

03/22/2002 - 01:00 - 1 comment - 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
  • Janice Epstein

    Welcome to the Impact Brokers virtual learning laboratory where your thoughtful input is seriously welcome! What is Impact Brokers (IB), you ask? In a nutshell, IB is a radically different way of ‘doing’ social change. We are a group of nonprofit organizations, funders, consultants, and community members who have been meeting since January 2008 to solve complex social problems together by identifying common issues, discovering root causes and strengthening our collaborative capacity for change. We meet quarterly for Learning Community Meetings to, among other things, review individual and shared capacity building projects and otherwise strengthen our relationships for the benefit of the whole.

    LLC awarded IB’s Boston Member Circle a Community Seed grant to support an online learning lab to explore the themes of social capital and networks within the framework of adaptive and collective leadership. If you are choking on that sentence like I am, here’s a Heimlich: we’re going to deepen our understanding of what we do and how we do it so that we can capitalize on our relationships for the benefit of all involved.

    So, to christen this learning laboratory, we want to talk a bit about leadership and, specifically leadership that is not carried out by one person. For in the IB Boston Member Circle, there purposely is no one leader. In A New Look at Leadership in Collaborative Networks: Process Catalysts, Mandell and Keast write that leadership in collaborative networks is “the process of getting all members to interact in new ways that tap into their strengths” and that “leadership…is about focusing on the processes of building a new whole rather than primarily focusing on more efficient ways to deliver services.”

    08/31/2008 - 18:28
  • Claire Reinelt

    For anyone interested in creating and sustaining breakthrough change, you may want to read a fascinating article by Matthew Chin entitled Sustainability and the Second Law of Thermodynamics (September 2003). Matthew runs Operations Success Programs with the Primary Care Development Corporation, an organization that helps health centers and clinics form learning collaboratives to achieve and sustain transformational change in serving the poor, the uninsured, and the under-insured in New York City.

    After years of implementing a highly successful organizational learning model in diverse health centers and clinics, he and his colleagues became interested in why clinics and health centers have a hard time sustaining the gains that they made. He discovered that leadership was critical to long-term success.

    02/25/2008 - 12:50
  • 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
  • Claire Reinelt

    Networks and communities of practice are often terms that are used interchangeably. Is there a difference?

    09/09/2007 - 09:12
  • Claire Reinelt

    Have you created an interactive on-line directory that enables alumni of your program to connect with each other around shared interests and to find resources?

    07/25/2007 - 12:55
  • Claire Reinelt

    Welcome to the Evaluation Learning Circle blog space! We invite you to register to our site and create your own blog to share resources, ideas, and stimulate conversations about leadership development evaluation that are important to you. Here's my first blog post.... In the last few years there has been growing interest among those in the leadership development field to develop and strengthen leadership networks. One of the tools for understanding networks is Social Network Analysis (SNA).

    07/22/2007 - 12:04

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