Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 101

Close the Triangle

Guest Post, Networks

Guest post by Scott Bechtler-Levin

After spending a couple days with nearly 150 smart, network weavers at the GEO/ Monitor Institute “Growing Social Impact in a Networked World” conference (http://www.geofunders.org/networksconference.aspx), I am reminded of one of my favorite quotations:

“The more you learn, the more you realize how little you know…” (Socrates, according to Plato)

One of many ‘ah-has’ came early during the well facilitated conference.   … Read More

The Power of Curation

Guest Post, Networks

Guest post by Paula Goldman

The wisdom of crowds, the insanity of crowds.

Mention the word “network” to most people and their reactions tend to sway between these two polar extremes. It’s either “crowdsourcing is the answer to everything” –or it’s a complaint that social networks like Facebook and Twitter are just “too full of chatter.”

If I have one takeaway from the GEO/Monitor Group conference on Networks earlier this week, it’s about how crucial the curator is in determining the difference between a successful network and one that simply makes lots of noise.… Read More

Evaluating Networks and their Effectiveness

Guest Post, Networks

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, Networks

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, Networks

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