You Are Invited: Packard Foundation Hosting Google Hangout on Oct 29th at 3 PM PST to Celebrate My 4 Years As Visiting Scholar | Beth's Blog

You Are Invited: Packard Foundation Hosting Google Hangout on Oct 29th at 3 PM PST to Celebrate My 4 Years As Visiting Scholar


This tweet was sent a Packard Foundation board meeting four years ago.  By today’s standards, it isn’t earth shattering.   But, this was back in 2009 in the days when you mentioned Twitter and people would look at you with a puzzling expression or say sarcastically, “Isn’t that where people share what their cat ate for breakfast?”   It was part of a presentation I gave to the board about how networks were changing the way nonprofits were doing their social change and an advanced preview of book, “The Networked Nonprofit,” the writing, of which, was supported through my role as Visiting Scholar.

I was only supposed to be there for nine months, but the interest from grantees and other capacity builders was strong.  During my four years as Visiting Scholar with the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program I ended up writing two books with fabulous co-authors, Alison Fine and Katie Paine, designing and delivering numerous capacity building projects with grantees to hone their skills in social media and using networks while I honed my skills designing, delivering, evaluating, and coaching, wrote hundreds of blog posts to share the lesson further, and delivered countless keynotes and panel presentations about the work.

The Packard Foundation is hosting a Google Hangout and will be live from our headquarters. During the hangout,  fellow NP tech guru, John Kenyon, will interview me and we’ll have a few grantees as guests.   We’ll take a look back at successes, failures, and ah-ha moments of the past four years and look forward to the next.

Google Hangout, 10/29 @3pm PST
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You can also tweet questions, comments, and good wishes to @DLPFexplore, using #theBetheffect — before, during, or after the Hangout.

2 Responses

  1. Christie Kluytmans says:

    Hi Beth,

    I’m a first year PR student at St. Clair College in Ontario, Canada. My passion is in the nonprofit sector, and that is where I hope to work upon completing my education.

    I have years of experience in event planning and fundraising for a local nonprofit which provides equine-related therapy for children with special needs. I am in college to further develop the skills that I have accrued through my volunteer work for this association.

    I’ve just come across your blog and I’m looking forward to reading more of your work and learning from you. From browsing your site, I can see that you touch on so many topics that I am curious about and I feel that you’ll be able to provide me with valuable guidance and tips, especially regarding the use of social media.

    I look forward to reading more.


    Christie Kluytmans
    Windsor, ON

  2. uberbabyboomer says:

    Congratulations! so well deserved. You have given an incredible amount to the nonprofit community that has created a worldwide connection between truly Networked Nonprofits. Thank you for your generosity of spirit.

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