Beth Kanter\'s Blog - Part 42

Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

Networks, Reflection

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Note from Beth:
How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Innovation, Training Design, Transparency

Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.)

The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to change to create more impact, and come up with some prototypes.  … Read More

The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

Network Map, Networks, Training Design

Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.  … Read More

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World


Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  … Read More

#IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform


Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud

I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).  … Read More