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30 July 2013

An Art of Hosting Taster in Boston Sept. 19th

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Join us at this Boston Leadership Learning Circle Event

Please join us in this gathering of the Boston Leadership Learning Circle of the Leadership Learning Community as we explore how Art of Hosting practices can engage stakeholders and convene people in order to create new collective intelligence, take wise actions and create sustainable solutions. The Art of Hosting is a response to a world that is becoming increasingly complex and fragmented, where true solutions and innovation lie not in one leader or one viewpoint, but ArtofHostinginstead arise from our collective intelligence. An emerging set of tools and world-wide learning community through the Art of Hosting offer new ways of hosting and designing meetings and conversations that access the wisdom of a group in more powerful ways.

The Art of Hosting is a practice ground for all who aspire to bring out the best in others. It is based on the assumption and experience that human beings have enormous untapped wealth and resilience and that the sustainable solutions lie in the wisdom between us. The Art of Hosting can help us all lead change through dialogue, learning and action.

We are convening Boston area funders, practitioners, consultants, evaluators, and community members to experience several Art of Hosting practices. Specifically, participants will have an opportunity to learn about and experience five tools: Open Space, Pro Action Café, World Café, Revealed Presence Cards, and Harvesting. You will leave with practical tools and techniques that you can use in your work, as well as insights about collective leadership that emerge from the conversations.

Our catalyst for the event is Madeline Snow, who works in the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell, helping public sector entities improve their sustainability and energy management.

Beth Tener, Principal of New Directions Collaborative, and Maya Townsend of Partnering Resources will help facilitate this gathering. Madeline and Beth are part of the Collective Leadership Network.

Click here to register. Fee is $20.


07 January 2013

Webinar on Network Analysis Methods for Assessment & Measurement Jan. 14th

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Interested to learn more about mapping and analyzing social networks? Patti Anklam, an affiliate of New Directions Collaborative and Principal of Net Work, will be offering a Leadership Webinar on January 14, 2013 at 2pm EST on techniques for social network analysis. The webinar is SNA maphosted by the Leadership Learning Community - you can click here to register.

Many nonprofits and foundations have been using social network analysis (SNA) and organizational network analysis (ONA) techniques in program assessment, planning, and measurement. This webinar will review a number of techniques that are being used and the ways that the results of network analysis are informing and supporting the ways that nonprofits are leveraging networks to achieve greater good by creating, facilitating, and weaving networks.

28 November 2012

Leadership & Networks - New Publication

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The Leadership Learning Community has just published a new report entitled Leadership and Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World. New Directions Leadership networksCollaborative was one of several co-authors of the report. The report explores how traditional models of leadership and skills needed are changing as network strategies for social change are increasing. Many examples are shared of how leaders are using network strategies to increase impact, including the Barr Fellowship Network and MomsRising.org. Key questions addressed include:

Why do network strategies deserve our attention?

Why do we need a new leadership mindset?

What are the core principles of leading with a network mindset?

What leadership development strategies support a network mindset and skills?

05 October 2012

Join us at the Institute for Corporate Sustainability on Nov. 7-9

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Beth Tener of New Directions Collaborative is honored to be part of the faculty for a Certificate in Corporate Sustainability, a 3-day program for professionals interested in deepening their understanding of sustainability issues, the benefits to their organization, while acquiring tools Sust Certificateand resources to drive change and developing a network of peers to support their efforts. The Certificate is offered by the Institute for Corporate Sustainability, a joint project of NH Business for Social Responsibility and University of New Hampshire. The Institute is followed by a self-defined, mentor-guided capstone project. This year's program will be held November 7-9, 2012 at the University of New Hampshire, Durham.

For further information on the program and to register, click this link.

30 August 2012

Vermont Farm to Plate Network Gathering - Year 2

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Last year, we had the pleasure of helping design and facilitate the launch of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network, working in collaboration with Curtis Ogden of the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) and the Vermont Sustainable Jobs F2P PlanFund. During the past year, over 150 organizations have been meeting to advance the Farm to Plate Strategic Plan and to strengthen Vermont’s food system in a network designed for high impact change. This fall, we will again help plan and facilitate the annual network gathering to help the Network learn and adjust, reenergize, and plan for the year ahead.

It is encouraging to see the growth of systems-change and network-building work focused on food systems. It is an honor to work with the VT Farm to Plate Network, as a leading example of using a network approach to strengthen a regional food system. The first-ever Food Systems Summit was held at University of Vermont this summer and this article summarizes some high points, emphasizing "the need to invest in long-term solutions to food systems, as well as the next generation of food systems advocates, rebels, and change agents (through programs like UVM’s Breakthrough Leaders), to ensure long-term change and success."
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