Creating a supportive network culture

by Seema Patel, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

Our June 16th Community Conversation welcomed Sé Franklin, a coordinator from MenEngage Europe, to share his network’s experiences around developing a core set of values and code of conduct while evolving their network culture in response to the global pandemic. …


Donor funding to networks

by Kerstin Tebbe, Founder, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

Our May 19, 2021, the Collective Mind Learning Community held a special edition of its regular Community Conversations to discuss the topic of donor funding to networks as part of Collective Mind’s participatory research study on that topic. Participants, who all worked for and with networks (not donors), discussed the challenges of donor funding to networks from the practical to the philosophical.

Highlights from the conversation

Participants…


Centering equity within networks

by Seema Patel, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

Our April 21, 2021, the Collective Mind Learning Community welcomed Ericka Stallings, Executive Director of Leadership Learning Community, to share her experiences, learnings, and challenges of working with networks to center and operationalize equity within their network practice. Leadership Learning Community is a national learning network that works to transform the way leadership development is understood, practiced, and evaluated in order to…


Responses to our co-creation survey

In November 2020, Collective Mind held two special Community Conversations with our learning community of network practitioners to discuss the impacts of the pandemic on networks worldwide. Since then, we continue to hear about network adaptations to the pandemic and its longer-term impacts on their work. In March 2021, we launched a multi-step co-creation process to collaboratively develop guidance on how networks can respond in and after the pandemic. …


What can nature teach us about networking? Life’s Principles can help us collaborate better

by Evan Welkin, Collective Mind Associate

The discipline of biomimicry is a fast-emerging sustainable design approach with important implications for the network ecosystem. Janine Benyus popularized the term “biomimicry” in her 1997 book “Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature”, in which she defined the discipline as a “new science that studies nature’s models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and processes to solve human problems.” Since then, similar to the tremendous growth we’ve seen in network models, biomimicry is flourishing. Especially with business as…


Measuring network effectiveness with Collective Mind’s Capacity Assessment Tool

by Emily Goodman, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

On March 10, 2021, the Collective Mind Learning Community came together to discuss Collective Mind’s new Network Capacity Assessment and how networks think about their internal efficacy as they seek to drive collective impact. The conversation was hosted by Emily Goodman, Senior Advisor with Collective Mind, with founder Kerstin Tebbe. …


Network leadership and fostering network weavers for decentralized management

by Emily Goodman, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

On February 17, 2021, our Collective Mind Community Conversation opened up the floor to the topic of network leadership and fostering network weavers. The conversation was co-hosted by Brendon Johnson, an independent consultant focused on social entrepreneurship, network leadership, and collaborative impact, and a participant in the Collective Mind learning community. …


Evaluating a network to increase its performance and impact

by Seema Patel, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

We kicked off our first Community Conversation of the new year on January 13th, 2021 with John Twigg, an independent researcher and consultant with more than 25 years of experience in collective disaster risk reduction activities. In sharing his work evaluating GADRRRES (Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education…


Decentralizing networks to increase member engagement

by Seema Patel, Senior Advisor, Collective Mind

Collective Mind hosts regular Community Conversations with our global learning community. These sessions create space for network professionals to connect, share experiences, and cultivate solutions to common problems experienced by networks.

The Community Conversation on December 9th, 2020 was co-hosted by Richard Ombono, Senior Program Manager for Child Helpline International. Child Helpline brings together 168 organizations in 139 countries with the common agenda of strengthening child protection systems and amplifying the voices of children. …


Over recent decades, we have seen networks become a go-to model for solving hard problems and achieving impact at scale. From local coalitions to international alliances, networks — an organizing model that integrates participants who have common interests and work together to achieve shared goals — exist around the world and across all types of issues and problems that need to be solved.

Networks often require the support of dedicated network management, people brought on to support the members to define and achieve shared goals. While diverse in their goals, structures, and formality, networks often require dedicated support to ensure…

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