Baltimore Connected Congregations

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Baltimore Connected Congregations

  1. 1. Synagogues asConnected Congregations: Leading and Engaging in a Networked Age Lisa Colton Chief Learning Officer, See3 Communications / Darim Online lisa@see3.com @lisacolton @darimonline #connectcongs
  2. 2. What is “Community”?
  3. 3. What is “Community”?People who are bound together primarily by ashared sense of mutual responsibility towardone another (as an intrinsic value) - notbecause they have to, not only duringtransitory liminal moments in their life, andnot based primarily on a transactionalrelationship.
  4. 4. A personal story
  5. 5. Fortress: Insiders in, Outsiders out
  6. 6. Sponge: Constant flow in and out
  7. 7. Synagogues as Networked Nonprofits• Dynamic networks• Intentional network weaving• Symbiosis• Transparency• Nimbleness• Facile with organizing tools
  8. 8. Traditional Mindset: Hub & Spokes
  9. 9. Network Mindset“connect and collaborate” rather than “command and control”
  10. 10. Mapping Networks know the net -- see the map of how things really work knit the net -- adjust the network for improvements Mapping can illuminate keyopportunities for action and investment http://ccc.georgkolb.com/
  11. 11. Be aPlatform forSocializingTemple BethAbraham inTarrytown, NY
  12. 12. Listen & Engage You have to BEIN the conversation. Rabbi Danny Burkeman on Twitter (@Rabbi_Danny) shares his professional activities, reflections, thought leadership, hobbies and more in conversation with his local community and beyond.
  13. 13. Make Connections
  14. 14. Network Weaver Roles Connector Catalyst Network Guardian Connects people. Helps put in place systems forGets network building started. networks: communications, Build social culture. training, support, etc. Self-Organized Network Facilitator Project Coordinator Helps convene people to set Helps coordinate up a more explicit and focused self-organized projects. network.
  15. 15. Job DescriptionsProgram Directors Social Media Managers Community ManagersNetwork Weavers
  16. 16. MAKE IT EASY FOR ME!Use the Right Tools!
  17. 17. Listen to interests and needs of the community Empower individuals to members micro-plan, experiment and evaluate. (Remember, you don‟t have to do it for them)Reflect on how these Communal‟intrapreneurs‟ went need orabout this task interest Provide support (staff, space, experience, systems) as needed and helpful Try it out! Focus on short, strategic bursts that can be adjusted based on feedback The age of the „permanent beta‟ Micro-Planning
  18. 18. Millennials: Transparency Fast paced/efficient Collaboration/teams Divvy tasks based on skill Meaning & impact
  19. 19. WE NEEDTO THINKDIFFERENTLYABOUT RISK
  20. 20. SHIFTS & RISK• Staffing Structure & Job Descriptions• Leadership Styles• Institutional Identity and Boundaries• Financial Considerations• Culture Change
  21. 21. Connected Congregations Program Governance Finance Data, Metrics, Measurement Communication Tools and Strategy Staffing Structure, Skills, Allocation Community Values and Culture
  22. 22. Additional ResourcesFacebook group discussion:http://bit.ly/networkweavingFollow June Holley’s Workon Network WeavingDarim’s Networked NonprofitBook Club: http://bit.ly/netnonbookclubDarim’s Connected Congregation blog series:http://darimonline.org/blog#connectcongs on Twitter

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