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How do people with ideas for social change gather enough people to help them put their ideas into reality. This is a process of network-building that must take place over many years.

How do people with ideas for social change gather enough people to help them put their ideas into reality. This is a process of network-building that must take place over many years.

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    • Friends Friends Vol. Network Donor Open Space NetworkIDEA Invite others Alumni Grows AlumniIndividual Co- OVER TIME worker Co-worker Co-worker Vol. Network Donor Co- worker Network Growth: Making Ideas a Reality This article shows how one person’sidea can grow into a movement of many As a result of the collective effort of thousands of people. The examples are many people more youth living in high taken from the 1975-2011 experiences of poverty neighborhoods will be Daniel F. Bassill, who led volunteer-based connected to networks of adult tutors, tutor/mentor programs in Chicago for 35 mentors, coaches, friends and consecutive years and is founder and advocates who help them throughleader of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and school and into jobs and careers. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654
    • IDEA Friends Vol. One Person Network Donor Network Grows Alumni Co- Friends OVER TIME Vol. worker Network Donor Co-workerNetwork Vol.Grows Alumni Network Co- DonorOVER TIME worker Friends Vol. Co- Co-worker worker Network Vol. Donor Network Network Grows Alumni Donor Co- OVER TIME worker Co- worker Co-worker Vol. Network From www.tutormentorconnection.org Donor Co- worker Over time, network grows to include more people, from more places. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 2
    • Friends Friends Vol. Network Donor Open Space Network Invite others IWU Grows Alumni Alumni Co- OVER TIME workerIDEAIndividual Co-worker Co-worker Vol. Network Donor The involvement of a few key people Co- is critical to the successful growth of worker a network. This Idea will only reach more people when a few others adopt it as their own. Anyone who has had their life transformed because of the involvement of a mentor, should be interested in taking this role so others have the same opportunity. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 3
    • MY IDEA- Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Information-based strategy designed to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago by helpingIDEA programs get resources needed to constantly improve products and services.Individual Chicago Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 4
    • War on Poverty – Complex System!In order to have well-trained troops in places where the enemy is concentrated the military has a sophisticatedplanning process that extends to mobilizing public support for expensive war efforts. We need the same thinking tohave tutor/mentor programs and adult learning support in all high poverty neighborhoods. 4 1 7 Goal 5 2 6 3 Goal ? Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg 5
    • Tutor/Mentor Institute Goals• Fill all high poverty zip codes, and non-school hours, with mentor-rich, K-12 programs• Help each program have resources to constantly improve ways they keep youth and adults involved• Enlist leadership and financial involvement from every business, professional, faith, university• Define strategy as workforce development and business benefit, not as philanthropy• Duplicate in every city in the US and the world• Increase the network size from year to year• Sustain the effort for decades Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 6
    • Create web platform to support involvement of leaders from any sector. Browse each section quickly to The Tutor/Mentor know what’s on the site. Connection focuses onfour on-going strategies Resource Generation Collaboration, shared learning Public Awareness http://www.tutormentorconnection.org Research http://www.tutormentorexchange.net This is the home page of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg 7
    • 2. Create map/databases 3. draw attention to this 1. Collect and share information information 4. Create10. Constant learning circleslearning andprocessimprovement Strategy 5. Motivate volunteers, donors, to “shop and buy 9. Track long- term connections of youth, 6. Map the volunteers and 8. Document growth of programs what people are networks, 7. Map annual doing to achieve growth and these goals distribution of programs T/MC 4 part strategy - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 8
    • Strategy1. Collect and share information related to this issue, drawing from thought leaders around the world2. Create portals that host map/databases of network of organizations needed to help youth to careers, like Tutor/Mentor Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net3. Innovate new ways to draw attention to this information every day, the way the Super Bowl and TV shows draw viewers to their shows4. Create learning circles in thousands of places, where people who are familiar with the information help other people learn to use it, so they can then teach others who are unfamiliar with it.5. Create events at key times each year that motivate volunteers, donors, to “shop and buy”, choosing from all of the programs in a city, and supporting programs in zip codes throughout a city6. Create tools that map the growth of networks, showing how the number of people and organizations involved grows from year to year7. Create maps and visualization tools that help show the increased year-to- year growth and distribution of needed programs in all poverty areas8. Use documentation portals to collect information that shows what people are doing to achieve these goals, and to give recognition to those who do this work well. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 9
    • Concepts to Understand • Talent Map * Network Map * Village Map • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Documentation Systems Friends Friends Vol. Network Donor Open Space NetworkIDEA Invite others Alumni Grows AlumniIndividual Co- OVER TIME worker Co-worker Co-worker Vol. Network Donor We need tools to show growth of network from one person to many people so more Co- worker investors will value/support this role. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 10
    • Network Building – An Intentional Process As we teach people to map their network, we need to also teach them how to expand their network, and how to focus members of the network on the group/project that we are focused on. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 11
    • Network Building Year-roundThis is a year-round process that can involved anyone who is concerned aboutthe issues the group focuses on. It involves using your communications tools topoint people to information and connect them to each other. It involved invitingpeople to come together at certain times each year. It involves a constant “callto action”, e.g. be a volunteer, be a donor, etc. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 12
    • Talent MapWithout the right mix of talent in a working group it is less likely that a project will be successful orthat a movement will grow. This talent map shows a range of skills that are needed in theTutor/Mentor Connection. A SNA tool could be created to show the members involved in this talentnetwork, and the growth of membership over a period of years. http://tinyurl.com/TMCSupportNet Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 13
    • Network Map Includes Key Sectors Without representation from important civic leaders, businesses, civic and social networks, a talented group will still be without access to the leadership and philanthropic capital it needs to grow. This “network” map shows a range of organizations that are needed in the Tutor/Mentor Connection. A SNA tool could be created to show the members involved in this talent network and what sector they represent Maps should show the growth of membership within each sector over a period of years. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 14
    • It Takes a Village to Raise a ChildLeaders from every sector need to be strategically involved supporting tutor/mentor programsand birth-to-work activities in every zip code. This leadership needs to be sustained for manyyears, assuring that youth born today are in the workforce in 25 years. It will take innovativecommunications and leadership strategies to build and sustain such a network of leaders forthat many years. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 15
    • USE OF MAPS It is essential that communities and leaders learn to use maps the way Generals and business marketing managers use them. Maps show where kids need more help and they show where existing services are available. They can be used to plan marketing campaigns to distribute needed resources. They can be used by leaders to help fill in gaps where no programs exist.See our uses of maps at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net, and athttp://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 16
    • Friends Friends Vol. Network Donor Open Space NetworkIDEA Invite others Alumni Grows AlumniIndividual Co- OVER TIME worker Co-worker Co-worker Vol. Network Donor The involvement of a few key people Co- is critical to the successful growth of worker a network. This network-growth needs to be happening in every industry, in every city. Meet on these sites to discuss: http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com http://www.facebook.com/#!/TutorMentorInstitute http://www.twitter.com/tutormentorteam http://tutormentorinstitute.wikidot.com/background-and-invitation-to- participate Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 17
    • Accountability. Who Does What?It’s fashionable to call on educators and non-profit leaders to be accountable. However, until people beyond povertyhold themselves equally accountable, not much will change for young people attending poorly performing schools orliving in high poverty neighborhoods.Collaboration portals need to engage a growing number of people in idea sharing, reflection, innovation and actionsthat draw resources to programs and help programs constantly improve impact on kids. Documentation systems canshow what people BEYOND the NON PROFIT SECTOR are doing to make sure the information, awareness,learning and resource flow is happening in their own community. See http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/ohats Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 18
    • If we can grow the network…We can do much to change thefuture for youth living in poverty. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 19
    • HELP WANTEDI have had the help of many different people and organizations since1993. However, we have not had the funding to build an organizationalstructure to do this work. We need to do that now so that it is able tocontinue in future years, even if I’m no longer able to be involved.Please help me with your time, talent, dollars and prayers.Until further notice I can be reached at tutormentor2@earthlink.net andon Skype at “dbassill”.I can be reached on my cell phone at 847-220-2151. Thank you, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 20
    • Visit these web sites to learn more about the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC sites: http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net http://www.tutormentorconference.org http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 20