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Tapping into the Wisdom of Your Community: How We Launched the Nonprofit Leadership Webinar Series

Last year during the Leadership Learning Community board meeting we experimented with the idea of a ‘networked board’.  We wondered, “How might governing in a more networked way help us to fulfill our mission of promoting leadership approaches that are more networked and collective?” And to test the idea in real time we invited several members of the LLC community, including Renato Almanzor from LeaderSpring, Beth Kanter (author of the Networked Nonprofit), and Kathy Reich from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to join the conversation during the board meeting.  The discussion was inspiring as we started to imagine what it would be like to encourage a higher level of engagement from our community.  One of the key take-aways for me was the fact that there is an incredible wealth of information in our community, and that asking people to share can go a long way.  With this in mind, we started to think of initiatives that would greatly benefit our community and that would be feasible to implement based on the resources that we had.  And that is when the LLC Nonprofit Leadership Webinar Series was created.

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ZeroDivide Case Study

Client: ZeroDivide
Author: Deborah Meehan (LLC)
Subject: technology, social justice leadership
Type of Service: case study
Date of Publication: 07/15/2011

What is the role of technology in supporting network leadership?

Networks are effective ways of sharing information, communicating and collaborating.  They are flexible and adaptable, morphing in response to the people involved and the task at hand.  They are dynamic by nature and have the potential to produce lasting effects.   We believe that if we focus the energy of networks, and spark connections, we can accomplish unprecedented results in the social sector.  Technology elevates the potential and impact of networks, making it an intrinsic element of our discussion on network leadership.

Increasingly, groups of people are using technology to go beyond connection and information sharing into collaborative action, typically in response to crises.  These are some examples of how technology is bringing down barriers of location and time, optimizing the communication flow, and nurturing innovation and creativity.  read more »

Weekly News Alert: Community Engagement, the Power of Networking, Self-Organizing and Design Thinking!


On Community Transformation and Engagement... read more »

  • We know that cities and communities are constantly changing and we often attributethe change to economic factors (think Detroit) or specific circumstantial or environmental factors (think New Orleans), but a blog post from nuPolis argues that there are intentional cultural factors that lead a community to change as well.   According to the article there are three dynamics – shared vision and goals, social engagement, and systemic improvement – that, if unleashed, have the potential to fundamentally change a community.  It is by unleashing these cultural components that communities can address issues such as economic capacity, poverty levels, and increased interaction with a larger region.

Weekly News Alert: Networks, Collaboration and Information Sharing


On Networks... read more »

  • Networks accumulate power based on their breadth of reach in every direction, inciting complexity and fluidity.  It is difficult, sometimes, to look at a network and wonder if it is not a “random field of chaos,” but while networks do not play by the rules (they can’t because they are cumulative and self-organizing) there are laws that networks abide by.  Networkweaving blog looks at the four key components of networks and devises formulas for how to achieve each of these.  The four components are: luck, innovation, influence and network growth.

Weekly News Alert: Haiti, Leadership and Collaboration


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On Nonprofits and Haiti... read more »

  • The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania publishes an article explaining how donors can most effectively help in Haiti.  The Center has created a chart documenting the phases of effective philanthropic support and they offer tips to donors about what to look for in different charities.  Donors should focus on organizations that have a large impact rather than those that place emphasis on not spending money on overhead and  they should look at nonprofits that have the capabilities to have a large impact.  They also offer a list of charities that they believe have those capabilities.

Weekly News Alert: Learning, Innovation, Diversity and Technology


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On Learning, Networks and Communities of Practice... read more »

  • Nancy White of Full Circle Associates asks for feedback on her proposed idea of ‘triangulation.’  She defines triangulation as “a practitioner’s experience using external networks to leverage learning and outcomes within organizations and institutions.”  She explores such themes as collaboration, community and technology.
  • A paper, Communities of practice: Linking knowledge, policy and practice was recently published by Overseas Development Institute.  The paper focuses on basic characteristics of communities of practice and explains their growing importance (especially in international development).  It also suggests ways that organizations can implement and support their own communities of practice.

Leadership for A New Era: What We Learned About Using a Webinar to Attract and Reach Out to New Networks


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Expanding LLC's reach and networks

LLC staff wants to thank everyone who participated in our first Leadership for a New Era (LNE) webinar during which we introduced and invited peers to join with the Leadership Learning Community to shape and create the LNE initiative.  (A copy of our webinar slides are attached below.) Our outreach efforts included personal contact, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Linked In.  We significantly extended our network with these outreach efforts and attracted people committed to transforming the leadership culture in a number of different arenas, including social justice, service, climate change, and internationally. 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

04/13/2008 - 23:00 - 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.

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