Beth Kanter's Blog - Part 122

Day Two: Growing Social Impact in a Networked World – Focus on the How to


Guest post by Laura Efurd

While we continue to grapple with some key questions around supporting, investing in and growing networks, on day two of the conference we got a bit more down and dirty with practical matters like “how to”.… Read More

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, Networks

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


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, Networks

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