May 26, 2016
1:00 -2:00 PM Pacific | 4:00 -5:00 PM Eastern
We've all heard the rhetoric. The future is uncertain and complex. We can’t do it alone, and collaboration is critical. The only way to succeed is to learn as quickly as possible through experimentation, which means getting comfortable with failure.
But what does this mean in practice? If this were easy, there wouldn’t be so many pundits telling everyone else to do it.
Learning effectively through experimentation requires specific muscles and mindsets, which take time and practice to develop. Even if your group is already comfortable jumping into the unknown and learning by doing, a little bit of structure and discipline can go a long way in helping you do so successfully.
Eugene Eric Kim and Alison Lin will share their evolving public domain frameworks and tools for supporting effective experiments. They’ll then talk about the work they continue to do with the Social Transformation Project (STP) supporting experiments focusing on internal operational challenges and effective network collaboration. They’ll be joined by Jodie Tonita and Eden Kidane of STP, who will get real about what’s worked, and what hasn’t, and what’s coming next.
Eugene Eric Kim helps changemakers and groups practice and develop skills for high-performance collaboration. He shares what he learns and the tools he creates at Faster Than 20. He co-founded two social impact consultancies — Blue Oxen Associates and Groupaya — where he spent over a decade helping Fortune 500 companies, social entrepreneurs, and grassroot movements collaborate more skillfully together on their most challenging problems. He’s now focusing his efforts on helping other changemakers develop the same skills that he uses to help groups. Eugene received his A.B. in History and Science from Harvard University.
Alison Lin designs and supports processes for authentic collaboration among social justice organizations, movement leaders, and individuals. Her core values are integrity, playfulness, interdependence, curiosity, justice, and love. She brings expertise in grassroots organizing and network building. Alison is a skilled facilitator, crafting collaborations with emergent strategies, embodied leadership, and anti-oppression work at their core. She graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Chemistry and Columbia University with a MPH focusing on sexuality and health. Dance, yoga, photography, and building community connections take up time in her heart and her schedule.
Jodie Tonita is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Social Transformation Project (STP), which partners with leaders from progressive organizations, intermediaries, and funders to foster breakthroughs in how our movements strategize and work together. Before founding STP, Jodie co-led the evolution of Web of Change, a prominent conference and community that connects the foremost thinkers and do-ers in progressive organizing and digital strategy. She served as Program Manager for Groundwire, a nonprofit dedicated to the creative and strategic use of technology for scaling social change. Before that, Jodie ran her own management consulting firm working with corporate clients on large-scale information technology and change management projects. She is currently a leadership fellow at the Broadbent Institute and previously sat on the boards of Leadnow.ca and Groundwire.
Eden Kidane is the Social Transformation Project’s (STP) Program Manager, focusing on building internal systems and supporting the delivery of network programming and network collaboration. Prior to joining STP, Eden worked with The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a Process Engineer, implementing IT Infrastructure programs in Washington, DC. She also worked with an economic development agency focusing on land use in the District. Eden previously served as the Outreach Officer on the Diaspora African Women’s Network (DAWN) Executive Committee and as a design panelist with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Design Art Works program.