PresenTense Community Division Report January 2010 Here is a summary of the Community Division’s activities for October– December 2009, and upcoming plans for January-March 2010.
Goals of the Community Division
To lower the barrier to entry for young Jews to allow them to voice their ideas in the global conversation on Jewish identity and innovation in the digital age
To empower young Jews with the tools and resources they need to broadcast their voice, their initiatives, and their creativity, to ensure they have the support they need to be successful
To facilitate conversations on innovation in the Jewish world, and to foster connections between innovators in the same fields
To build local communities that support and foster innovators and Jewish leaders, where some will go on to be Fellows, writers, etc.
Continued demand for involvement in conversations on Jewish identity and innovation in the Digital Age and Creative Zionism
Ability (technical, financial) to foster conversations , online in addition to in-print
Demand for local PT involvement in the global conversation in the form of Circles and other activities
Community members’ interest in growing into leadership roles both due to this demand, and because they aspire to be part of the PT Team serving the Jewish People, with the privileges and responsibilities that that entails
Animating local communities will foster innovators who will go on to be active in PT in other ways
PT can provide tools and resources valuable to local innovators
PT can sustain the infrastructure necessary for a effective and functional global community, including effective communication, successful community organizing, and delegation and management of roles and responsibilities
Program Content: What we’re seeking to achieve
To sustain ongoing Circles and other PT activities (minimum monthly) in New York, Chicago, Boston, and Tel Aviv, producing in-depth explorations that lead to action through the generation of pioneer guides and handbooks (one per quarter)
To use the PT Network to build local leadership, ultimately generating City Teams who will drive the above activities as well as identify local innovators
To provide mentors for young Jews interested in our target fields through a mentorship program
To generate an ongoing conversation through the quarterly Magazine (online or combination online/in-print)
To facilitate connections between innovators in the same field and foster action through taskforce steering committees
1. Metric: City Stats : In how many cities is PT active? Projected: 6 Cities (New York, Chicago, Jerusalem, LA, Tel Aviv, Denver) Actual: 5 Cities (New York, Chicago, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Boston) Planned vs. Actual Programming Projected: 10 events 6 Launch events 1 FutureTense 1 social event 2 Circles How many events take place? Actual: 11 events 2 launch events (NY, Jerusalem) 1 FutureTense (NY) 1 social event (NY) 5 Circles (NY held 2, Boston, Tel Aviv held 2) 2 Brainstorms (Chicago, NY)
2 launch events
NY December 1: “Entitled or Enlightened: Conversation on young Jews and Philanthropy” cosponsored by ROI and BYFI: 32 attendees
Jerusalem November 12: Panel on Philanthropy: 24 attendees
NY December 17: Social Justice and Education cosponsored by JESNA: 11 attendees
1 social event
NY November 18 bar night: 10 attendees
NY December 19 “Jewish Heroes” Havdalah event: 10 attendees
NY January 14 “What is Jewish Food?”: 10 attendees
Boston Circle December 7 Jewish Education and Peoplehood: 6 attendees
Tel Aviv (Hebrew) December 17: 8 attendees
Tel Aviv (English) January 19 “Memory in Israeli culture”: 11 attendees
Chicago January 6: 11 attendees
NY December 14: 12 attendees
Planned vs. Actual Programming Events held:
Metric: Networking Stats: How many mentorships have been established? How many times have they met? What relationships developed as a result of PT activities?
Planned: 8 mentorship matches were ongoing at the beginning of last quarter
Actual: There is an ongoing re-evaluation of the mentorship project , in which research is being done to produce a new mentorship program.
Planned vs. Actual Programming Steering Committee Planned : To expand the Philanthropy Steering Committee to 1 additional field, Digital Media, with at least 12 Committee members. Actual: There is 1 new Steering Committee, Digital Media, with 15 Committee members.
Metric: Conversation Stats : How many people have been involved in PT Conversations, either in-print or online? How many people are following our conversations?
PT9 engaged 95 contributors :
12 Steering Committee members
9 artists and PT photographers
5 online-only writers
23 fellows and interns (Institute Insert)
So far PT10 engaged 94 contributors including:
15 Steering Committee members
3 artists and PT photographers
37 writers with pitched ideas
7 submitters of ideas (non-writers)
8 attendees of brainstorms (not otherwise contributing to the issue)
Planned vs. Actual Programming
Planned: 150 participants
Actual: 94 participants
Reason for discrepancy: We planned to have community members engage with the issue online, but the new website has been delayed in its launch. We do intend to engage our community in the newly-launched website in the upcoming quarter.
Planned vs. Actual Programming
Metric: Pioneer Stats: How many past Fellows/Magazine contributors have remained engaged through PT Community activities? How many Handbooks were produced to further the community’s collective action?
Planned : To engage 10 fellows each in the Digital Issue, mentorship opportunities, and the Yazam Fund
Digital Issue: 4 contributors are past fellows/interns
Yazam Fund: 7 fellows have submitted proposals for events; so far, 1 event of a past fellow has occurred.
Mentorship: Mentorship program is not currently in operation as it is being reevaluated.
Reason for discrepancy: Needs to further assess how we can best create match between needs of fellows and available opportunities.
Future Plans: Creation of a PresenTense Handbook and Cookbook
Planned vs. Actual Programming
In the upcoming quarter, the Community Division will reevaluate the following underlying assumptions in expanding PT programming to new cities and maintaining it in existing cities:
Demand for involvement - a need to reexamine the target market of PT programming, and to ensure that members of that target market are those who attend city programming
Interest in growing into leadership roles How to cultivate city leadership
Flow of participants from participants in events to becoming active in PT in other ways to participating again in the community
What tools and resources are we providing which are valuable to local innovators
Sustaining the infrastructure and programming remotely – though there was a Tel Aviv Circle successfully organized remotely
What is the narrative of the PT Volunteer – what motivates them to be involved
Challenges in City Operations
The PresenTense Community needs a strong cohort of City Leaders who are trained, connected, and inspired. To achieve this, the Community Division plans to convene 20 City Leaders in a Summit Shabbaton.
The Summit will include:
Training in grassroots activism and PresenTense methodologies
Building actionable workplans that will lay out goals which City Leaders will achieve in their cities
Peer-led learning and training, and networking between City Leaders
Learning about the larger vision of PresenTense, Creative Zionism and social entrepreneurship
Participation from other organizational leaders from the Jewish community, who will get to know and find synergy with those in the PT network
Future Plans: City Leaders’ Summit
Future Plans: Mentorship
A new mentorship program is being planned, to be launched in the Spring 2010. The PresenTense Mentorship Program will exponentially expand the possibilities in how young Jewish innovators in our network can develop meaningful relationships with each other – and find more people and information to work with. The PresenTense Mentorship Program will launch with two pilot groups, one in New York and one in Jerusalem, made up of working cohorts of ten mentors and ten mentees in each location. The Program will incorporate opportunities for group-building activities such as speed-dating-style networking events and team skillbuilding workshops, which will enable participants to be exposed to the maximum number of opportunities for learning and networking. In addition, participants will engage in individual work, where mentorship relationships will further their work as well as personal development through skillbuilding, networking, and troubleshooting challenges that arise in the mentee's work.
To identify, engage and train 20 City Leaders in a City Leaders’ Summit
To form the City Leaders into City Teams which can steer the development of local PT community
To run 10 events in 5 cities (New York, Chicago, Boston, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem), including Circles, FutureTense, Launch Parties for PT10, Brainstorming for PT11
To launch 2 mentorship groups (New York and Jerusalem), of 10 mentors and mentees each
To engage the 15 members of the Digital Committee in the production and launch of PT10, to continue to engage the 12 members of the Philanthropy Committee in networking opportunities
To engage 150 users in our online space as a result of the Digital Issue
To engage 10 past fellows in the Digital Issue
To engage 10 past fellows in the Yazam Fund activities
To recruit 2 fellows to the Institute this summer from the PT Community.
Yazam Fund/ City Events: $1500 ($150 per event for 10 events) Last quarter: 2 events ($300)