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From The Kids’ Table To The Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks

By John Esterle, Malka Kopell & Palma Strand Thanks to all our colleagues who shared this story! Thanks to PACE for making it available to its members and to Cindy Gibson who sent it to her national network. Follow the links to read the insightful introduction to this article from Niki Jagpal on NCRP’s Blog, the kind words of the NCG and Phil Buchanan’s highlight on The CEP blog.You can download the article on The Whitman Institute’s website.In recent years, funders, practitioners and academics have been paying increased attention to the key role social networks play in addressing issues of public concern. Collective impact, funder-supported grantee networks, and cross-sector collaborations all reflect this trend. Our own experiences—in philanthropy, consulting, and academia—lead us to applaud the network “crescendo” and join the chorus. …   Read more

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Be the Cheetah! Nonprofit Leadership For Our Time

CJ CallenBy CJ CallenOriginally posted at: http://www.compasspoint.org/blog/be-cheetah-nonprofit-leadership-our-timesWhile recently scanning The New York Times I came across this promo for the article “Cheetahs’ Secret Weapon: A Tight Turning Radius”:“A study shows that the large feline’s key to hunting success is not its speed but its skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly, and slowing down quickly.”Perhaps no truer set of words capture what it takes to effectively lead a nonprofit organization in 2013. In the past, I have observed a reverence for powerful organizations that move quickly (though not necessarily adeptly or with finesse). Accelerating at their rapid pace they tend to catch the attention of investors, which fuels the cycle of speed and power. Of course, …   Read more

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Find Your Tribe: The “Who” of Leading Change

By CJ CallenOriginally posted at: http://www.compasspoint.org/blog/find-your-tribe-“who”-leading-changeRecently I found myself chatting with someone with roots in philanthropy about my current effort to lead my organization in a process of re-imagining our future to increase our social impact. That person provided her insights and support; she recognized that my “big idea” for my organization sounded like it built on our organization’s history and strengths. She also understood that I was doing this as a process of co-creation involving all our stakeholders.Time flew by because I did not need to explain all my terms and she had no defenses up or agendas hidden. She told me to “Find your tribe!” so that I can …   Read more

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A Network with No Expectations

By Pia InfanteThe practical magic and inspiration of Boston’s Barr Fellows Network story is captured simply by the following admission from Lyndia Downie, Executive Director of Pine Street Inn, – “I’m not sure I buy all this network theory, but I love the people in this network.”I encourage you to study this living history of how providing sometimes long divided (and very different) local leaders with opportunities to renew, connect, innovate, and be fish out of water together (in the global south) are some of the building blocks of “networking a city.” In the Barr Foundation’s learning partnership on networks with the Interaction Institute for Social Change, they coalesced existing understandings of networks and decided that the …   Read more

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Story Telling for Good

By Pia InfanteWhat better time of year than now, and what better time in human history than now, is there to highlight and focus on stories of good? It’s been an intense year politically, financially, socially for many – and, as we bring the year to a close, I’m led to look for what’s “good in the hood” as a recent Storytellers for Good piece highlighted.Actually, it was while flipping through TWI grantee Spot Us’ unfunded stories that I found this smiling example of a great story. Spot.Us is an open source project to pioneer “community powered reporting.” Through Spot.Us the public can commission …   Read more

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