Networks | Beth's Blog - Part 10

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Turning Waste into Opportunity

Guest post from Sande Smith

During the first day of the Growing Social Impact in a Networked World conference, I had plenty of opportunities to have my mind blown. I wasn’t the only one. I heard my colleagues asking questions about the changes that would have to happen in their organizations for them to be able to truly embrace a new way of being  – a way that embraced network philosophy.… Read More

How do funders help established organizations develop a network mindset?

Guest post by Adene Sacks

As the GEO gathering comes to a close, funders are spending their morning on the practical consideration of how adopting a network mindset will change our day to day work.  One of the most interesting discussions I participated in this morning focused on what networks mean for those established field organizations whose names are often synonymous with the work we do.… Read More

Networks and Social Movements

Flickr photo by Panacheart

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 (

Over the past two days at the GEO / Monitor Institute conference, “Growing social impact in a networked world,”( 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