Sept 2011 ashoka_hubretreatsummary

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In late September, 2011, the AshokaHub team and Ashoka's leadership convened an AshokaHub/digital integration retreat and was joined by over 20 representatives from 10 Ashoka programs. This is the summary of the two-day intesntive retreat.

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  • Comments from Romanus: We have a big challenge to meet:  How do we each support and reinforce the growth and success of our evolving network of ChangeMakers and programs?   As you know we are continuously investing to meet this goal, and in our context I ’ll just mention three examples (each of which draws from our common Salesforce Constituent Relationship Management System): Ashoka Hub 1.0 just launched and we are starting the work on v. 2.0 today Ashoka ’s new global web sites also just launched, and the work on the next design is being tightly integrated with what we do today ChangeMakers team is actively developing its next online toolset and will require integration with the rest of Ashoka to succeed. We have heard from each of you that in order to be truly impactful, any toolset that we adopt must provide integration as well as a clear value proposition for everyone joining in.  Today ’s opportunity is for us to define the context and methodology for evaluating, shaping and using tools like Ashoka’s Hub to practically meet our individual and collective goals.  If we do this right, each of you will come away from this meeting with at least two things: A holistic framework for incorporating the tools critically needed to meet core global (and indeed individual) goals A clear and tangible understanding of how Ashoka ’s Hub can add value to each of your teams Just a few words of thanks and context for this meeting: You are each here because we seek and need your thought leadership to shape and ultimately because we envision that each of you will own a finite portfolio of organizational tools, which could include The Hub. (This may be an opportunity to mention that part of our ongoing success has been and will be to continually listen for feedback from key constituencies and adjust our course as appropriate.) I suspect Diana (thank you for being with us) will briefly touch on global goals and it may be worth mentioning that this meeting is not geared towards revisiting or altering our global priorities, which is developed by our strategic planning and budgeting process. Finally: A big thank you to Valeria Merino for her tireless work in moving The Hub project forward, thereby giving us an opportunity to make our integration and alignment work tangible today.  I ’d also like to thank Joe in helping us structure the meeting, which he will now help us outline.  
  • Sept 2011 ashoka_hubretreatsummary

    1. 1. Digital Integration & AshokaHub Retreat 28-29 September 2011
    2. 2. <ul><li>Romanus ’ Welcoming Remarks </li></ul><ul><li>A space for Alignment </li></ul><ul><li>Massive progress in Ashoka ’s digital presence this year </li></ul><ul><li>-Co-creation as a prominent emergent theme </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritizing evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>- Team of teams </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Diana & Valeria Welcome the Group </li></ul><ul><li>The history of Ashoka’s efforts to use the network to grow individuals ’ impact, beginning with Diana’s famous notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Enabling relationships to this day </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond mail </li></ul><ul><li>Ecosystem for increased impact </li></ul><ul><li>A historic moment for system changing big ideas utilizing online communities </li></ul><ul><li>Using technology to extend the ability of Ashoka as a whole, including Changemakers, AshokaHub, Global Marketing and ITI </li></ul>
    4. 4. Short presentations of Changemakers/ChangeShop, Ashoka ’s web presence and AshokaHub: <ul><li>- Changemakers introducing Movements, Growth Tracker and Changeshops </li></ul><ul><li>Prioritizing bringing Ashoka programs into alignment </li></ul><ul><li>Laser focused on infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Global marketing is centered on content </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing together materials from different programs </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping it all straight, in the eyes of the world </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>AshokaHub is a marketplace of ideas, resources and people </li></ul><ul><li>It is a trusted space, open only to Fellows, Staff and ASN Members and by invitation only </li></ul><ul><li>It connects Ashoka Staff, ASN Members and Fellows as entrepreneurs </li></ul><ul><li>It connects big ideas with resources </li></ul><ul><li>Value is co-created </li></ul><ul><li>It answers the age-old question: why can ’ t we connect with each other easily? </li></ul><ul><li>It is a community that works offline and online </li></ul><ul><li>It shares relevant content </li></ul>Short presentations of Changemakers/ChangeShop, Ashoka’s web presence and AshokaHub:
    6. 6. Review of Day 1 MAIN THEMES FROM DAY I
    7. 7. Synthesis Dialogue: <ul><li>consolidated elements of a common vision </li></ul><ul><li>All teams trying to lower barriers to understanding EACH </li></ul><ul><li>All teams invest in curation </li></ul><ul><li>All teams foster collegial, entrepreneurialism </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creation at the center of shared strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Speed and efficiency in work and performance is priority for all </li></ul><ul><li>Shared challenges </li></ul><ul><li>It can ’ t all be new and shiny </li></ul><ul><li>Need to address connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Building pathways to social change or enabling social change? </li></ul><ul><li>Perspectives range across geographies and demographies </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Ashoka ’s digital world of 2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Good design </li></ul><ul><li>Team of teams </li></ul><ul><li>Ashoka is still a convener </li></ul><ul><li>We measure movement up a ladder of changemaking </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing is the same as vision-sharing and vision shifting </li></ul><ul><li>Still focused on personal and local </li></ul><ul><li>and… </li></ul><ul><li>Boldly facing Ashoka ’ s ever-present challenges </li></ul>
    9. 9. Synthesis Dialogue: Lessons from Faster, Farther + Fizzle How we ’ ll keep from fizzling When we ’ re going for speed When we ’ re going for distance
    10. 10. Testing the Group for Alignment Where the groups were highly aligned across programs Where the groups were moderately aligned across programs Where the groups differed across programs
    11. 11. Priorities: Importance & Urgency Work Round 2 Team: Boundary/Identity A pivotol breakout session with both CM and AshokaHub leaders resulted in this simple boundary/identity illustration describing the relationship between users and content on AshokaHub and users/content on ChangeShops
    12. 12. The notations in PINK represent the important open questions about the breakout team’s work that were raised by that group and the other participants during the report out.
    13. 13. Priorities: Importance & Urgency End of Event Reflections: Participants responded to a series of four questions to summarize their event experience. These form the basis of the communication about the event experience: <ul><li>Observations </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings </li></ul><ul><li>Implications </li></ul><ul><li>4. Decisions </li></ul>

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