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Networks Practitioners Convening July 17th, 2013 – David and Lucille Packard Foundation Heather McLeod Grant, McLeod Grant Advisors Gigi Barsoum, Barsoum.

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1 Networks Practitioners Convening July 17th, 2013 – David and Lucille Packard Foundation Heather McLeod Grant, McLeod Grant Advisors Gigi Barsoum, Barsoum Policy Consulting

2 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

3 1.Build shared understanding and clarity around language and framing: networks, collective impact, collaboration, movements, coalitions, campaigns, etc. 2.Explore specific network building strategies, tactics, and lessons learned to date, from a practitioner perspective. 3.Provide opportunities for peer-to-peer learning on approaches and challenges to network weaving/ building. 4.Identify next steps and whether there’s appetite to have an on- going community of practice on this topic. Goals

4 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

5 About Our Network

6 Focus Of Network

7 About Our Network

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9 Challenges

10 About Our Network

11 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

12 12 Network of Network Funders Consulting Network Formation Research This Presentation Draws on Many Sources, including Monitor Institute

13 To Network (verb): To connect or interact with other individuals, groups, or institutions in order to cultivate productive relationships To Collaborate (verb): To work jointly with others or together especially around shared goals Network (noun): A collection of people and/or organizations connected to each other through meaningful relationships. A structure or means for organizing. Collective Impact (noun): The end outcome of groups or individuals working together to achieve common goals in a particular field or geographical area. Definitions of Network, Collaborate and Collective Impact

14 Definitions of Campaigns, Coalitions and Movement Building Movement: A sustained collective action driven by the people most impacted with a widely shared common vision and a deep and broad capacity to employ multiple mechanisms of influence to disrupt, persuade, and negotiate – from legislative advocacy to operates “inside” the policymaking arena to community organizing that puts pressure on institutions of power from the “outside.” This includes a mechanism to knit together disparate organizations and individuals who can put ideas into action and translate the action into change. Campaign: A coordinated frequently multi-strategy effort to educate, inform and/or influence public or political will. Coalition: An organization or organizations whose members commit to an agreed-on purpose and shared decision making to influence an external institution or target, while each member organization maintains its own autonomy.

15 Centralized, hierarchical Connecting takes time Closed and proprietary Effectiveness is equated with longevity Decentralized, collaborative Connecting is speeding up Open and transparent, porous Effectiveness is equated with mobilization, alignment We are Moving from an “Organization” World, to a Networked World Organization-centric model Network-centric model

16 Membership Network: weave social ties, build community among members Innovation Network: access new & diverse perspectives, prototype Communities of Practice: openly build & share knowledge on a topic Collective Impact: create aligned action on an issue or in a place Movement-building/ Advocacy/ Campaigns: coordinate resources & action around a specific cause Some Common Types of Networks in the Room

17 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

18 Adapted from the work of iScale and June Holley & Valdis Krebs Stages of Network Lifecycle

19 Network Evolution Scattered FragmentsHub and Spoke Network Multi-Hub NetworkCore/Periphery Network Source: Building Smart Communities through Network Weaving, by Valdis Krebs and June Holley

20 Network Evolution Discussion Questions 1.How do you know if a network approach is appropriate or needed? Are there indicators of readiness? 2.How do you catalyze a network? What are the conditions that promote self-organizing and connectivity? What, if any, is the role of a shared goal or vision? 3.How do you support network development? Does the approach vary with the developmental stage of the network?

21 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

22 Purpose Membership / Participation Strategy and Structure Leadership Communications & Technology Resource Management Assessment Clarity of purpose Value creation/ outcomes Trust, engagement Defining of network boundaries (who is “in”?) Balance online and in-person Space for convening Shared leadership Strategic use of IT Ample communication channels Resourced at network level Shared measurement Feedback loops Governance Governance by group Openness and transparency Helpful Sources: M. Kearns and K. Showalter; J. Holley and V. Krebs; P. Plastrik and M. Taylor; J. W. Skillern; C. Shirky Diagnostic Tool: Characteristics of Healthy Networks

23 23 ReAmp Network at a Glance Founded in by The Garfield Foundation Desire to build a network to change a system Now comprised of 138 nonprofits and 15 funders across 8 states Goal: to reduce global warming emissions 80% by 2050

24 = Policy Success= Policy in Play Systemic Alignment = Accelerated Social Impact Source: The ReAmp Network; “Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System”, by Heather McLeod Grant & Monitor Institute

25 ReAmp Network Key Takeaways START BY UNDERSTANDING THE SYSTEM YOU ARE TRYING TO CHANGE INVOLVE BOTH FUNDERS AND NONPROFITS AS EQUALS FROM THE OUTSET DESIGN FOR A NETWORK, NOT AN ORGANIZATION—AND INVEST IN COLLECTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE CULTIVATE LEADERSHIP AT MANY LEVELS CREATE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT AND COMMUNICATE REMAIN ADAPTIVE AND EMERGENT—AND COMMITTED TO A LONG-TERM VISION Source: The ReAmp Network; “Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System”, by Heather McLeod Grant & Monitor Institute

26 ReAmp Network Systems Map Source: The ReAmp Network; “Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System”, by Heather McLeod Grant & Monitor Institute

27 ReAmp Network Infrastructure NATL. ENVIRONMENTAL ORGS. Source: The ReAmp Network; “Transformer: How to Build a Network to Change a System”, by Heather McLeod Grant & Monitor Institute

28 Sources: Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor, Net Gains (2006); Beth Kanter; Stephanie Lowell, Building the Field of Dreams (2007); White, Wenger, and Smith, Digital Habitats (2009) ORGANIZER/ ENTREPRENEUR LEAD FUNDER NETWORK COORDINATOR & STAFF CONSULTANTS/ FACILITATORS ELECTED MEMBER LEADERSHIP Links to participants Brings in resources & facilitators Ensures flow of information Provides initial resources for organizing the network Invests in network capacity building Deepen connections between participants Organize the group Assist with sense-making & provide the right context for solution-making Facilitates use of technology Organizes convenings Weaves the network Steering Committee Working Group leaders Leadership can emerge anywhere Many Leadership Roles in the Network

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30 Source: Strive Partnership Strive Partnership - A Cradle to Career Vision for Education

31 Source: Strive Partnership A Selection of Strive’s 300 Partnership Organizations

32 Source: Strive Partnership Framework for Building a Cradle to Career Civic Infrastructure

33 Source: Strive Partnership Strive Community Report Card - Excerpt

34 Source: FSG.org Five Elements of Collective Impact Common Agenda Shared Measurement Mutually Reinforcing Activities Continuous Communication Backbone Organizations

35 Source: Strive Partnership Strive Network Expansion

36 Network Structure and Governance Discussion Questions 1.How do you establish a network governance structure and who is involved in deciding that structure? 2.What factors influence the network structure? Culture? Issue/Purpose? Size? 3.What are the shared capacities needed for a network and how can they be fostered? 4.How are and what types of communication and information systems built into the structure to facilitate information flow, collaboration, sharing, learning and innovation?

37 Agenda 9:30Mingle and Coffee 10:00Welcome, Goals and Agenda 10:15Introductions: Who’s in our Network? 11:15Setting the Frame 11:30Catalyzing and Supporting Networks 12:45Lunch 1:30Network Structure and Governance 2:45Open Space 3:45Break 4:00Synthesis and Summary 4:15Next Steps 5:00Optional Dinner

38 Appendix/ Backup Slides

39 Types of Networks and Collaboration – A Spectrum TypeStructureExamples OrganizationNonprofit OrganizationsPackard Foundation Membership OrganizationsSV2 Full Circle Fund Catalytic Women Spark HybridNonprofit Organizations with affiliate or network structure Strive Boys and Girls Clubs Coalition / Alliance / CampaignBeyond Coal Campaign NetworkMovement-Building NonprofitsMoveOn.org Children’s Movement Ad Hoc Networks, Networks of Networks Flash Mobs Facebook Centralized / Hierarchical Decentralized Source: Monitor Institute; Net Gains by Plastrik and Taylor (‘06); Net Work by Anklam (‘07); Building Smart Communities by Krebs and Holley

40 The “Secret Sauce” of Networks & Collaboration

41 Unlearning past behaviors (not reverting to organizational model) Sharing knowledge and collective learning Source of images: Cut Throat Communications; Blog.com; Rutgers University RU FAIR; Kodaikanal International School; flickr Learning and leveraging new technologies Letting go of control, messiness of process Identifying and measuring impact/ network “health” Decision rights; interface with outside world Continuing to engage network participants Challenges Faced by Network Leaders

42 Core Link Node Cluster Periphery Hub Understanding Networks: Definitions Source: Monitor Institute; Net Gains by Plastrik and Taylor (‘06); Net Work by Anklam (‘07); Building Smart Communities by Krebs and Holley

43 Using Network Maps to Plan Development, Track Network Evolution Source: Barr Foundation “Green and Healthy Building Network Case Study” by Beth Tener, Al Neirenberg, Bruce Hoppe Barr Foundation: Boston Green & Healthy Buildings

44 The Green and Healthy Building Network: 2005 Source: Barr Foundation “Green and Healthy Building Network Case Study” by Beth Tener, Al Neirenberg, Bruce Hoppe

45 The Green and Healthy Building Network: 2007 Source: Barr Foundation “Green and Healthy Building Network Case Study” by Beth Tener, Al Neirenberg, Bruce Hoppe


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