Liberatory Leadership Webinar

Scaffolding for System Shifting Networks

Session Recap

Networks come in all shapes and sizes. However, if you want to be a system-shifting network, you will need to put in place scaffolding so that transformation can emerge easily and quickly. In nature, billions of soil organisms and mycorrhizal fungal mats work together to form this type of scaffolding to distribute resources and support the growth of plants and trees as they create a forest. Six basic structures work together to create an environment for rapid change. Some, such as innovation funds, have been prototyped by many different networks. Others, such as communications systems and governance systems, are still in their infancy. Join June Holley and Yasmin Yonis from Network Weaver to discuss the necessary scaffolding for truly transformational networks.


  • June Holley provides consulting, training, and coaching to networks worldwide interested in creating system-shifting networks through a better understanding of self-organization, collaboration, innovation, and learning. She has developed face-to-face and virtual training programs and communities of practice for network weavers, pioneering the use of the social web to support network efforts. She has assisted in the design and development of numerous networks. June is now shifting her energies to supporting the development of infrastructure needed so that network and self-organizing strategies can expand worldwide. She is piloting new structures such as innovation funds, facilitation pools, and learning weavers. In addition, she is working with others to organize an international network of consultants and leadership development organizations so that they can more effectively support network weavers around the world. She is the author of the Network Weaver Handbook – 390 pages of simple activities for Network Weavers – and operates, a site with many free resources and a blog authored by over 20 network weavers. She also writes at
  • Yasmin Yonis is a facilitator, coach, network weaver, and editor who supports organizations and foundations to do their work in more just ways. She is also a movement chaplain working within justice organizations to care for activists and community members. Yonis has a Master of Divinity in Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary and bachelor’s degrees in journalism and international affairs with a background in networks, philanthropy, racial justice, and human rights organizations.