Posts tagged: trust

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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The Whitman Institute Retreat 2012

By Pia InfanteTWI’s 4th retreat, like many of our previous retreats, was marked by bountifully good weather, rich conversations and connections, and a sensibility of community and renewal.Yet, something happened this time. Something distinct, and extraordinary. I left, and many reported similarly, feeling powerfully connected, renewed, vibrant and inspired. One participant thought that this year’s retreat was 100 times the potency of the last one. Perhaps the gatherings have simply built momentum over time.There were certainly some structural distinctions:Doubling previous participant cohorts, the group numbered 71 people – including current and former grantees, the trustees and staff, other funders, and kindred spirits. …   Read more

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Relationship Building As A Measure of Impact

By John Esterle(The following can also be found on Beth Kanter’s blog, as a guest post from John.)One of the themes raised up as the GEO/Monitor Institute conference came to an end was the importance of trust and relationship building in networks. Indeed, that was my theme for the day given that I facilitated a couple of morning conversations on that topic and then in the afternoon heard Ify Mora from the Barr Foundation (http://www.barrfoundation.org/) talk about how they use social network mapping to capture the relationships that have been built through their innovative Fellows Program. So, as I leave …   Read more

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Mindful Media

By John EsterleRecently, I was fortunate to attend Images and Voices of Hope’s annual Summit. The people, the setting, and what transpired left me feeling, in a word, hopeful! Corny, I know, but there it is.I’m honored IVOH has posted some closing reflections I shared at the end of the summit, which can also be read below. I hope they, and Lois Fiore’s thoughtful summary, capture some of the flavor of this rich, distinctive event.John Esterle’s remarks at the end of Images & Voices of Hope SummitSeptember 18, 2011 I want to thank the Brahma Kumaris for hosting …   Read more

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