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EPIP Open Sourcing Social Change


Recorded on August 19, 2013 …

Recorded on August 19, 2013

• June Holley, Principal, Network Weaver Consultants Network and author of The Network Weaver Handbook
• Nadia Owusu, Senior Associate for Knowledge and Organizational Development, Living Cities
• Tamir Novotny,Senior Policy Associate, Living Cities and EPIP-NY Steering Committee Member (Moderator)

Open-Sourcing Social Change: Engaging networks for social justice and leadership development

Our nation's social and economic challenges often appear intractable because so many policies, practices, and institutions interact in complex ways that yield inequitable results. As a result, social justice organizations are increasingly realizing that no one institution or sector is capable of addressing these problems on its own. With this challenge in mind, nonprofits, social enterprises and even governments are experimenting with strategies to "open-source social change" by mobilizing networks, co-creating innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems, sharing learnings from their work in real time, and engaging with non-traditional partners. During this webinar, we will examine what it means to open-source social change, explore examples of this work in practice, discuss ways to enact this approach in members' own work, and identify the opportunities this approach creates for leadership development for emerging practitioners of social justice work.

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  • 6 months ago, we discussed our knowledge strategy focused on making what we are learning from all of our activities portable in order to engage our problem solving network and increase our impact. We shared that we had really started to produce and disseminate a lot of knowledge content, and that we had honed into the key areas that we wanted to be influential on. Now, we are working to harness all of that content to drive the network effect, or grow our problem-solving network, even to include unusual suspects. This means being even more strategic in terms of how we communicate with key audiences, including publishing work on high-profile platforms where they get their information, and customizing our content to be more ‘digestible’ for different types of audiences.Published content on a diversity of platforms such as HuffPo, Forbes, ImpactAssets, HBR, Markets for Good, FastCoExist, TedWeekends, and Skoll World ForumStrategically harnessing all of our tools: our blog, social media, our newsletter, and posts on external sites is working to exponentially expand our influence and thus potentially our problem solving network.


  • 1. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Open-Sourcing Social Change Webinar August 19, 2013 Host: Kate Seely, EPIP (@kfseely)
  • 2. EPIP  Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) is a national network of foundation professionals and social entrepreneurs who strive for excellence in the practice of philanthropy  Our mission is to develop emerging leaders committed to building a just, equitable, and sustainable society. #opensourcechange 2
  • 3. Housekeeping  You’ll all be on mute.  Calling in on the phone? Mute your computer, please.  Time for questions and conversation throughout.  Chat your questions in.  Or, tweet them, using #opensourcechange. If you tweet a question in, please raise your hand in your GoToWebinar menu.  Use the chat box and chat directly to the organizer if problems arise.  We’ll be recording this webinar #opensourcechange 3
  • 4. Your hosts… Tamir Novotny, Living Cities (@tamirnovotny): Moderator Nadia Owusu, Living Cities (@nadiaowusu1) June Holley, Network Weaver Consultants (@juneholley) #opensourcechange 4
  • 5. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Framing Comments Tamir Novotny, Living Cities/ EPIP-NY
  • 6. Wickedly complex problems require networked solutions  Everyone is part of the problem  Everyone has to be part of the solution  We need open-source approaches to make this happen #opensourcechange 6
  • 7. Guiding questions for today  What does it mean to open-source social change?  How are organizations currently approaching this work?  How can practitioners advance open- source approaches within and outside their organizations? #opensourcechange 7
  • 8. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Network Weaving: An Introduction June Holley, Network Weaver
  • 9. How do you define open-sourcing social change, and how is it different from how social justice organizations, especially foundations, usually work? #opensourcechange 9
  • 10. Monday, August 19, 2013 #opensourcechange 10
  • 11. Monday, August 19, 2013 #opensourcechange 11
  • 12. Open sourcing social change is about creating the kinds of networks where we are able to access provocative different perspectives, where we collectively create an environment of thousands of collaborative experiments that we all are able to watch and learn from. #opensourcechange 12
  • 13. Network LensGoals and Tactics Systems & experiments Organizational Lens Systems & experiments Relationships, syste ms & experiments Goals and Tactics #opensourcechange 13
  • 14. What do we mean by networks? These patterns influence the quality of communication and the likelihood of collaboration and innovation Networks are sets of relationships and the patterns they create #opensourcechange 14
  • 15. Different network patterns #opensourcechange 15
  • 16. Networks extend farther than we think Intentional Network Formal Network #opensourcechange 16
  • 17. Monday, August 19, 2013 Smart Networks: Most helpful in promoting collaboration & innovation • Core consists of clusters w different perspectives who know & trust each other • Periphery draws in new ideas & resources • This represents a Field of Potential for action #opensourcechange 17
  • 18. #opensourcechange 18
  • 19. Monday, August 19, 2013 Smart Networks are Self-organizing Action Many people initiate experiments & collaborations – as opportunities arise Move from small acts to larger Breakthroughs from diversity and learning Successful innovations spread Leverage Points Leverage Points #opensourcechange 19
  • 20. Monday, August 19, 2013 Does your network look like this? #opensourcechange 20
  • 21. 21
  • 22. Twosies build relationships Small Projects build skills Large Projects for impact Project Ecosystem Reflection #opensourcechange 22
  • 23. 1993 2006 1000 50 Small projects Larger projects Tipping Point to Self-Organization & Innovation 0 #opensourcechange 23
  • 24. Network Leaders #opensourcechange 24
  • 25. 4 Networks Relationship Network Action Network Intentional Network Support Network #opensourcechange 25
  • 26. Monday, August 19, 2013 Widely Distributed Network Leadership Attention to Relationships & Communication Control Goals Control Goals Relationships Revised Gibbs Triangle #opensourcechange 26
  • 27. #opensourcechange 27
  • 28. Close triangles #opensourcechange 28
  • 29. Close triangles Young Philanthropist You • Both interested in the same thing • One can help the other out Grassroots Organizer Innovation! #opensourcechange 29
  • 30. Your Role: Be Rhizomatic! Set up communication #opensourcechange 30
  • 31. What kind of network weaver are you? Connector Catalyst Self-Organized Project Coordinator Network Guardian Network Facilitator #opensourcechange 31
  • 32. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy How Living Cities is Open- Sourcing Social Change Nadia Owusu 8/19/2013
  • 33. Collective Impact is Who We Are #opensourcechange 33
  • 34. Building A “Network Effect” #opensourcechange 34
  • 35. Expanding the Adjacent Possible #opensourcechange 35
  • 36. Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy DISCUSSION / Q&A Open-Sourcing Social Change #opensourcechangeMonday, August 19, 2013 36
  • 37. Discussion Question: What do you see as the biggest barriers to open-sourcing your work? (e.g., organizational culture; skills; leadership) #opensourcechange 37
  • 38. Follow-up Exercise What’s one thing you could do following this webinar to try to advance an open- sourced approach to social change? Examples:  Propose a blog for EPIP National  Close a triangle  Use Twitter to engage a new potential ally #opensourcechange 38
  • 39. THANK YOU!  Kate Seely: Kate@epip.org, @kfseely  June Holley: June@networkweaving.com, @juneholle y  Nadia Owusu: nowusu@livingcities.org, @nadiaowusu1  Tamir Novotny: tnovotny@livingcities.org, @tamirnovotn y #opensourcechange 39