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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

Power and Control

Guest post from Marie Sauter

Among many insights gleaned from this week’s conference on “Growing Social Impact in a Networked World” (, one theme keeps recurring for me:  the importance of grantmakers sharing power and control within broadly construed networks of collaborators in the quest for social change.… Read More

Doing the Conventional, Unconventionally

Guest post by Anna Muoio

“Doing the Conventional, Unconventionally”

How Wikimedia tapped into the wisdom of its network of 100,000 global volunteers to write their strategic plan…and why


When Sue Gardner, Wikimedia’s Executive Director set out to draft her organization’s strategic plan, she didn’t do what most ED’s do: select a handpicked and “elite” team and sequester them in a room for a few days to think about the future of the organization and what needed to be done to get there.… Read More

Networks are beautiful

Guest post from Stephanie McAuliffe

Bob Agres Executive Director of Hawai’i Alliance for Community Based Economic Development said that network weaving is the humility to discover the unique gift of each person you encounter and to connect it with a need.… Read More