“Overall, this (report) helped us to focus on building networks and adopt a different type of engagement strategy that has allowed us to begin to tap into the full potential of our Fellows across networks, areas of work, and regions.” (Surita Sandosham, Senior Director Global Leaders Programs and Networks, The Synergos Institute)
The Synergos Institute believes achieving systemic change that reduces poverty and advances social justice requires government, business, civil society, and affected communities working together towards a common purpose. Synergos invests in bringing together leaders across diverse fields to foster personal transformation, build bridges, network, apply systems thinking, and form inclusive partnerships. In 2009 the Leadership Learning Community partnered with The Synergos Institute to explore how the organization could better support collaborative action across its three networks: Senior Fellows’ Program, the Global Philanthropist Circle (GPC), and the Arab Social Innovators. We conducted a scan of best practices related to network leadership, and presented strategic recommendations around network recruitment and selection, network weaving, network assessment, and network support.
Since the completion of the project, the Synergos team has implemented some of the key recommendations and is seeing tangible results in their internal capacity to organize cross-network collaboration.