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COP Overview

  1. 1.   1   NYC  Sustained  Global  Impact  Community  of  Practice     Who  are  we?     The  NYC  Sustained  Global  Impact  Community  of  Practice  (COP)  is  a  new  forum  for  sharing   ideas  and  issues  in  the  international  development  and  global  social  impact  space.       Think  less  networking,  more  collaboration.       Launched   in   October   2016,   we   tap   into   the   unique   mix   of   professionals   and   organizations   working  here  in  New  York  City  on  global  sustainable  development.  This  includes  traditional   actors,   such   as   the   United   Nations,   nonprofits,   and   NGOs,   plus   consultants,   social   entrepreneurs,  academia,  and  the  private  sector.  As  international  development  professionals,   our  bottom-­‐line  goal  is  to  create  impact  that  endures.  We’re  not  alone  in  that.  And  with  such  a   diverse   community,   we   want   to   create   new   connections   and   cross-­‐pollinate   approaches,   lessons  learned,  and  impact  for  lasting  results.       Each  meeting  features  a  speaker,  panel,  or  voice  from  within  the  group  focused  on  knowledge   sharing,   problem   solving,   case   studies,   and   innovative   tools   and   technologies.  The   group   is   highly  participatory  and  members  are  encouraged  to  view  each  session  as  a  platform  for  both   sharing  and  listening  to  viewpoints,  insights,  challenges,  opportunities,  and  solutions  in  the   international  development  and  global  impact  sector.       Who  is  this  for?     If   you   are   working   fully   or   partly   in   the   international   development   or   global   social   impact   sector  and  genuinely  want  to  share  ideas  and  address  challenges  across  this  community,  then   this  group  is  for  you!  As  a  COP  member,  you  are  an  experienced  and  active  practitioner  in  this   field.  You  are  someone  with  a  broader  view  of  your  role  in  the  sector  beyond  your  specific   expertise  and  your  work.     We  talk  with  all  prospective  members  beforehand,  so  if  you  or  someone  you  know  might  be  a   great  fit,  reach  out  and  we’ll  schedule  an  introductory  meeting  /  call.     Let’s  build  this  together   This  is  an  interactive  group.  We  want  your  input  as  we  continue  to  grow.     *  We  are  always  looking  for  speakers:  reach  out  to  be  a  speaker  or  share  a  recommendation.  *       Pass  it  along!     Feel  free  to  share  this  announcement  with  other  like-­‐minded  professionals.  We’re  low-­‐tech   right  now,  so  please  email  elle.dilorenzo@gmail.com  to  learn  more  about  joining  or  speaking.       Want  more  detail  on  our  vision?   No  problem!  More  information  on  how  the  group  got  started,  target  membership,  and  session   topics  ideas  can  be  found  on  the  next  page.    
  2. 2.   2   More  about  the  NYC  Sustained  Global  Impact  Community  of  Practice     What  do  our  ideal  members  do?  What  do  they  care  about?   This   community   is   a   curated   group   of   professionals   who   currently   work   in   this   space   (not   those  who  are  aspirational).  Members  are  interested  in  joining  and  being  active  in  an  ongoing   community,  not  just  attending  a  one-­‐off  session  on  a  thought-­‐provoking  topic.       The  core  theme  across  our  members  and  speakers  is  that  we  focus  -­‐  or  want  to  increase  our   focus   -­‐   on   making   a   lasting   impact   in   our   international   work.   In   other   words,   how   do   we   employ  traditional  and  emerging  ways  of  looking  at  international  development  to  have  a  more   sustained  impact?     Topics  focus  on  how  we  work:  organizational  systems  analysis,  financial  sustainability  of  local   organizations,  organizational  development,  how  to  move  from  awareness  to  engagement  to   implementation  (The  UN  Sustainable  Development  Goals  reflect  this  -­‐  lots  of  talk,  but  how  will   we   move   to   measurable   and   sustainable   action?),   sound   program   design,   moving   from   donor/recipient  mindsets  to  partnership,  etc.  We  also  explore  how  we  think:  design  thinking,   radical  listening,  storytelling,  and  other  methods  that  examine  the  relationship  between  how   people  see  the  world  and  how  that  affects  the  way  we  all  work  within  it.     We   are   very   purposeful   about   bringing   the   NYC   landscape   into   the   mix.   There’s   such   a   different  character  to  development  and  impact  here  than  say  DC  (all  policy,  all  the  time),  but   we   think   it   can   be   channeled   and   cross-­‐channeled   more   effectively.   The   UN,   social   entrepreneurs,  academics,  nonprofits,  and  private  corporations  have  interactions,  but  largely   operate  in  their  own  worlds.       And  this  is  a  true  Community  of  Practice,  which  is  not  really  about  networking  (though  that  is   often  a  by-­‐product),  but  more  about  peer-­‐to-­‐peer  learning  among  members  and  likely  paving   the  way  for  collaborative  initiatives.       Who  are  our  founders?   The   Community   of   Practice   was   created   by   Elle   DiLorenzo,   a   Consultant   /   Advisor   at   Designing  Programs  for  Lasting  Impact  (www.enduringimpact.org),  specializing  in  program   management   and   advising   like-­‐minded   organizations   on   how   to   design   programs   and   initiatives  that  last,  and  Rich  Fromer,  who  is  Managing  Director  at  LINC  (www.linclocal.org),   an  international  development  firm  rooted  in  systems  analysis.     Why  join  us  as  a  speaker?     There  is  no  financial  incentive  available  for  speakers,  so  the  impetus  would  be  exposure  to  the   membership.  As  well  as  a  platform  to  share  ideas  and  challenges  and  gain  feedback  from  this   community.  We  expect  the  speaking  engagements  to  be  less  like  lectures  and  more  two-­‐way   dialogue.  We’re  looking  for  speakers  and  members  that  are  truly  committed  to  moving  this   sector  forward  in  a  tangible  fashion,  so  collaboration  opportunities  outside  of  the  group  are   quite  possible  as  well.  Speakers  don’t  need  to  live  in  NY  to  join  us.  If  you  will  be  travelling  to  the   New  York  City  area,  let  us  know!  
  3. 3.   3   Session  Topic  Snapshot     Learn  more  about  our  meetings     We  meet  monthly,  except  December  (holiday  time)  and  August  (vacation  time).  Each  session   includes  community  interactions  as  well  as  a  Featured  Discussion.  All  members  are  invited  to   our  LinkedIn  group  to  keep  the  collaboration  going  between  meetings.  See  recent  themes:     Why  Change  Interventions  Often  Fail:  Understanding  Complexity  in  Social  Systems     Development  interventions  generally  address  symptom-­‐level  issues  such  as  poverty,  violence,   unemployment   or   other   visible   social   ills.   However   most   often   these   symptoms   are   highly   inter-­‐related  and  a  result  of  underlying  societal  dynamics  and  structures  that  are  less  visible   or  tangible  for  most  development  practitioners.  Moreover,  even  when  the  structural  issues   are  identified,  actual  resource  limitations  of  development  initiatives  hinder  tackling  the  main   issues  at  hand.  Looking  through  the  lens  of  systems  analysis,  Ali  Mostashari,  Ph.D.  will  lead  us   as  we  examine  complexity  iceberg  of  structure,  dynamics  and  events  and  why  systems  tend  to   go  back  to  their  original  dynamics  when  a  symptom-­‐level  intervention  is  performed.       Emerging  Tools  in  Development  Programming:  Social  Network  Analysis     Building  on  last  month’s  engaging  discussion  on  Systems  and  Complexity,  Rich  Fromer  will   introduce   a   tool   for   systems   analysis   that   is   just   starting   to   gain   traction   in   International   Development.   Social   Network   Analysis   (SNA)   is   a   way   of   thinking   about   social   systems   by   focusing   attention   on   relationships   among   the   actors   in   a   system.   In   this   session,   we   will   discuss  the  uses  of  SNA  for  development,  the  methods  for  conducting  SNA,  and  a  case  study   example  drawn  from  Rich’s  work  in  the  field  with  his  company,  LINC.     Understand  and  Practice  Storytelling  in  an  Advocacy  and  Development  Context     Humans  are  hard  wired  to  understand  the  world  through  narrative  –  and  it’s  been  going  on   since  fire  was  discovered.  Now,  everyone  is  telling  stories,  24/7,  across  gazillions  of  platforms   and  channels.  Storytelling  is  a  buzzword  and  it’s  almost  impossible  to  hear  a  clear  signal.   Deborah  Brozina  of  Making  Change  will  guide  you  thorough  a  structured  approach  to   storytelling  within  the  advocacy  and  development  space.  She  will  show  her  approach  to   identifying  the  characters,  plot  and  action  that  make  up  your  narrative.  And  with  that,  you  can   focus  your  attention  and  effort  where  it  works  and  drop  the  stuff  that  doesn't.       Design  Thinking:  Hone  your  Mindset  for  Empathy  and  Impact       Design   Thinking   has   entered   the   mainstream,   being   used   throughout   the   development   and   impact  sector,  as  well  as  academia  and  the  corporate  world.  But,  what  is  it  really  all  about?   And  how  can  we  use  it  to  better  inform  the  work  we  do  and  how  we  relate  to  others?  In  this   interactive  workshop,  Elle  DiLorenzo  of  Designing  Programs  for  Lasting  Impact  will  guide  you   through   an   overview   of   design   thinking   and   explore   DT   exercises   to   help   you   understand   yourself,  your  audience,  and  your  approach  to  problem  solving  for  impact.  

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