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Evaluating Networks and their Effectiveness

Guest Post by Tom Kelly

Lists. I am a list maker. To do. To followup. To call. And at a conference like Growing Social Impact in a Networked World (http://www.geofunders.org/networksconference.aspx), I made several lists–in my notebook, on my iPad, emails to myself, and on those very cool hexagonal Post-its.… Read More

The New and The Unknown

Guest post by Kate Wing

We’ve all been in a meeting where someone new to the field sits down at the table and says, “Wow – why don’t you all do it this way? Haven’t you ever thought of this?” about a topic where yes, the rest of us in the room have been thinking about this for a long, long time.… Read More

Relationship Building as a Measure of Impact

Guest Post by John Esterle

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.… Read More

Network Leadership: A Few Ingredients in the Secret Sauce

Guest post from Kathy Reich

For a while I’ve been puzzling over what makes a good network leader. The traditional models of organizational leadership clearly don’t apply, but then, which models do? The Grantmakers Gathering on Networks provided a few a-ha moments for me about network leadership:

  1. The first leader or leaders in a network are like first responders at the scene of a crash—they’re in charge of making things happen until the structures get set up to fully address the situation.
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Shifting our Role in the Hub

Guest post from Annie Hernandez

The day I heard about the concept for this gathering of grant makers I knew I had to be involved.  As a member of the planning committee, I became even more geeked out about this intimate, interactive learning opportunity.… Read More