Note from Beth: This week I’m live blogging the GEO conference, but since I can’t cover it all, I’ve enlisted an awesome live blogging team of grantmakers and others attending the conference who will share what they are learning in guest posts on this blog! You’ll be able to learn in real time with grantmakers and engage in a conversation in the comments. So, in the next few days expect a series of thought-provoking guest posts about networks, organizational effectiveness, evaluation, grantmaking, and philanthropy like this guest post.
Top Ten Things We’ve Learned About Networks – Guest post by Gabriel Kasper
The amount of knowledge and experience in attendance at last week’s Grantmakers’ Gathering on Networks was inspiring. So when Diana Scearce asked me to try to synthesize the learning at the end of the conference, I was at a bit of a loss. It didn’t make any sense to just stand up in front of the group and parrot the great things that all of the participants had been saying over the two days.
So I tapped my inner Francis Ford Coppola and decided to break out the video camera to make a short (but obviously masterful) video about the “Top 10 Things We’ve Learned about Networks,” using conference participants—the “people formerly known as the audience”—as the stars.
Gabriel Kasper is a senior consultant with the Monitor Institute, a social enterprise focused on philanthropy and social change that is part consulting firm, part think tank, and part incubator of new approaches.