October, 2011 | Beth's Blog - Part 5

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Networks and Social Movements

Guest post by Mary Manuel

Movement: “A collection of persons or groups who come together around a common concern. Typically their mission is to bring about some type of societal change relative to their concern.”  They are characterized by the follow­ing elements: collective intentional action, continuity of sustained action, outsider status, scope and scale, and for­mation of collective identity.… Read More

The Elephant in the Room: “Funders“ and Power

Guest post by Eugene Eric Kim (http://eekim.com/)

Over the past two days at the GEO / Monitor Institute conference, “Growing social impact in a networked world,”(http://www.geofunders.org/networksconference.aspx) I’ve heard several people ask some variation of the same question over and over again:

What is the role of the funder in all of this?… Read More

Wikimedia: Networks + Strategic Planning = Big Yes

Guest post by Carole Martin

Sue Gardner of Wikimedia Foundation and Eugene Kim of Blue Oxen Associates paired up during Monday’s session to describe the approach they took during Wikimedia’s planning process. It quickly became obvious that by engaging a wide array of their volunteers in strategy formulation, they created an uncommon opportunity to educate community members about strategic thinking and inclusive processes in a networked world.… Read More

Open Source Strategic Planning

Note from Beth: Since the concept of working in Networks is can be hard to explain to newcomers, learning from case studies, stories, and examples can be illuminating. The design was to share this learning was amazing. In the morning, each of the ten case study presenters gave a 5 minute “teaser” about their case study or what one presenter called “showing a little leg.” After lunch, conference participants got to to choose two presenters to spend an hour with in a small group to ask questions and deepened the learning.  

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What Mesh Businesses Should Support Philanthropy?


Guest Post by Stephen Downs

The Mesh
Laura Efurd sent this tweet during Lisa Gansky’s discussion of the mesh concept at the GEO Growing Social Impact in a Networked World conference. Great, provocative question. Gansky’s Mesh is based on the concept that unused value = waste and that information networks enable real-time brokering between customers and that unused capacity.… Read More