Archive for the ‘Sessions’ Category

The Art of Building Consensus in Groups

Posted by | May 18, 2011 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Sam Kaner, executive director, Community at Work

We know it is good to involve diverse stakeholders and make decisions with high levels of participation. However, these groups can be awfully tough to work with—and knowledge about dealing effectively with difficult group dynamics can be hard to come by. This engaging presentation will deepen your understanding of participatory decision making in the real world. Sam Kaner is a leading expert on collaboration and the author of one of the all-time bestselling books on group facilitation.

Creating a Shared Vision for a Community

Posted by | May 16, 2011 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Blog, Sessions | 0 Comments

Marsha Murrington, senior program officer, Bay Area Local Initiatives Support Corporation | Roque Barros, director of community building, Jacobs Family Foundation | David Kakishiba, executive director, East Bay Asian Youth Center

To create a vision for the future and long-term change in a community, it’s essential to have a strong, well-conceived community engagement plan and process that allows the voices within the community to be heard. Having outsiders and experts apply their values and preconceived notions of what a community needs is a recipe for failure. This session is led by three skilled change agents, with experiences working across boundaries in a variety of  communities. They will share their insights, stories, and approaches for bringing people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and generations together to envision what they want their neighborhoods and communities to become, determine priorities, address problems and issues, and take greater responsibility for where they live, work, and play.

Cross-Sector Collaboration

Posted by | May 12, 2011 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Abhi Nemani, director of strategy and communications, Code for America | Anna Bloom, fellow, Code for America | Matt Lewis, fellow, Code for America | Joel Mahoney, fellow, Code for America

Code for America has found success in connecting organizations from different sectors and aligning them on a common mission. We’ve learned how to bring together governments, large corporations, foundations, and passionate individuals to work together for the public good. Key lessons learned have been flexibility, agility, and effective networking — among others. This session will be a useful tutorial in taking an idea into a growing organization through cross-sector collaboration.

Creating Change in Your Community

Posted by | May 12, 2011 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Jeffrey Betcher, co-founder, Quesada Gardens Initiative | Leela Gill, former president, North of Panhandle Neighborhood Association

Organizers recognized for creating lasting change in their communities share their distinct experiences in this interactive session designed to help you 1) use neighborhood assets inclusively, 2) add organizing techniques to your toolkit, 3) choose good partners, 4) strengthen your diverse neighborhood, and more.

Conversational Leadership: Engaging Everyone’s Best

Posted by | May 5, 2011 | 1:30 - 2:30 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Deborah Goldblatt, World Café | Mariah Howard, World Café

In our businesses and communities, we are being called to engage in deeper conversation, cultivate space for new leadership and bring greater meaning and purpose to our individual and collective actions and activities. In this session, through deep listening practices and storytelling, we invite you to step into a learning conversation to inform our emergent collective leadership. David Whyte says “a conversational leader is one who emphasizes keen attention, self-discipline and a certain kind of artistry in engaging and communicating with others.” Why are you called to be a leader at this moment in time? How does your personal leadership experience inform what it means to be a conversational leader? What are you learning now that we can all apply? Where can we go together that we cannot go alone?

Leveraging a Civic Moment: New Roles for Citizens and Leaders

Posted by | May 5, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:15 am, Sessions | 0 Comments

Chris Gates, executive director, PACE

What does it mean to be an active, effective, responsible citizen in your community today? Social media has fundamentally changed the relationship between citizens and their leaders, how they receive and make sense of information, and how decisions are made. These significant shifts have triggered a “civic moment” in which the rules, norms, and tools of good citizenship and democracy are being reinvented. Chris Gates, a leader in the fields of civic engagement and democratic renewal, will lead a provocative conversation on the evolving nature of democratic practice and personal responsibility at local levels across America – and share illustrations of how politics and social change activism are adapting to new rules for engaging with one another in public life.

Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Posted by | May 5, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:15 am, Sessions | 0 Comments

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, author, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals | Nicci Noble, president, Noble Services

You dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it real. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action? Join us as we move past conceptual theories and concepts into the practical, tactical solutions that can and will help you get dollars in the door. We’ll share concrete tips and tools for individual giving, foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, earned income, and online and peer-to-peer campaigns, plus point you in the right direction for more information.

The Pitchathon: American Idol for Your Cause

Posted by | May 5, 2011 | 2:45 - 3:45 pm, Sessions | 0 Comments

Darian Rodriguez Heyman, author, Nonprofit Management 101: A Complete and Practical Guide for Leaders and Professionals | Jacob Harold, program officer, Hewlett Foundation | Jennie Winton, co-founder, Mission Minded | Ahmed Rahim, CEO, Numi Tea | Holly Minch, consultant, LightBox Collaborative

Cocktail parties and elevator rides will never be the same after you join us for this insightful, dynamic workshop. Learn from your peers as we listen to a variety of pitches, after which an expert panel of judges — including real-life philanthropists and grantmakers — will provide candid feedback on what’s hitting home, what needs tweaking, why, and even how. You may even witness a few pitch remixes, where our seasoned message mavens rework and recite a tightened up version of spiels in real time, just before they award an exciting prize to two top finishers.

Interested in competing in the pitchathon? Here’s how to apply.

Measurement is not Counting: Social Media & Return on Investment

Posted by | April 26, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:15 am, Sessions | 0 Comments

Beth Kanter, principal & co-founder, Zoetica

You are actively using Facebook or Twitter or LinkedIn or a blog as part of your organization’s marketing or fundraising strategy. But do you know what your audience wants from you? Are you measuring how effective you are with these tools? Can you answer your boss’s or board’s questions about the value of spending time on social media? How do you know social media is a good investment and that you are getting strong results? Beth’s session will address how to measure social media return on investment. She’ll provide a strong framework and practical tips to measure and refine your social media tactics.

Partnering with your local government: Why so tough?

Posted by | April 8, 2011 | 10:15 - 11:15 am, Sessions | 0 Comments

Ed Everett, community engagement coach, Ed Everett Consulting

In today’s environment the public and government most often are at odds with each other. However, the current economic realities combined with the complex problems we face means separation between citizens, business and local government is a major liability for all players. Partnering between the public, business and local government is not an “interesting concept” or “nice vision,” but rather an essential reality we must achieve. In this session you will learn:

* Why this separation between citizens and local government exits
* How the public and government contribute to this separation
* A different model for partnering
* What true civic engagement really means
* Why community building is more important now than ever