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The Skills & Mindset of a Successful Community Weaver


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Lisa Colton's presentation to NY area synagogues about the principles of network weaving. November 16, 2011.

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The Skills & Mindset of a Successful Community Weaver

  1. 1. The Skills and Mindset of a Successful Community Weaver Lisa Colton Darim Online November, 2011
  2. 2. <ul><li>Fortress: Insiders in, Outsiders out </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Sponges: Transparency & Constant Flow In and Out </li></ul>
  4. 4. All The Buzz <ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Traditional Mindset: Hub & Spokes
  6. 6. Network Mindset “ connect and collaborate” rather than “command and control”
  7. 7. How is your synagogue like a network? How is it NOT like a network?
  8. 8. Communities evolve in predictable ways Fragments Single-Hub Multi-Hub Core/Periphery Communities often evolve along predictable pathways from fragmented clusters of people interested in a concept, to a single hub-and-spoke when a leader pulls the clusters together, to multiple hubs where a variety of people take responsibility, and finally to a core/periphery with a tight ball of members surrounded by interested hangers on. What do these remind you of in your community?
  9. 9. Benefits of Strong Networks <ul><li>More efficient use of staff time </li></ul><ul><li>Regenerative, constant flow </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining energy </li></ul><ul><li>Responsive </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on people and community </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate appreciation for “host” </li></ul>
  10. 10. NETWORK WEAVERS <ul><li>June Holley’s Definition: A Network Weaver is someone who is aware of the networks around them and explicitly works to make them healthier (more inclusive, bridging divides). Network Weavers do this by connecting people strategically where there’s potential for mutual benefit, helping people identify their passions, and serving as a catalyst for self-organizing groups. </li></ul>
  11. 11. As A Network Weaver <ul><li>You help people see opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>They initiate a collaborative Project </li></ul><ul><li>You coach and support </li></ul><ul><li>You help them notice what works </li></ul><ul><li>You encourage them to spread the patterns of success and scale </li></ul><ul><li>You help deepen the quality of relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Your help people learn to work in networked ways </li></ul>
  12. 12. Think Small. And Big.
  13. 13. Don’t Have All The Answers: Over-functioning leadership disempowers networks
  14. 14. Ask Questions, Tag People
  15. 15. Thrive By Working Together
  16. 16. Chris Brogan <ul><li>Spend 20 minutes a day observing your network . </li></ul><ul><li>Spend 10 minutes a day cultivating new relationships . </li></ul><ul><li>Use an organized contact management system to manage relationships, not just keep contact info. </li></ul><ul><li>Deliver two to three times as much value as you ask from your network. This keeps people eager to be helpful when the time comes that you need them. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Listen and Empower What have you learned by listening? Where have you empowered?
  18. 18. BE GENEROUS
  19. 19. Beth Kanter <ul><li>Make it personal. Ask for their stories, </li></ul><ul><li>their input, their thoughts. Emphasize their </li></ul><ul><li>importance to the community and allow </li></ul><ul><li>them to run with projects and to be creative </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone wants to contribute and to make </li></ul><ul><li>something better/leave a lasting mark. </li></ul><ul><li>Humanize your leaders . Make them </li></ul><ul><li>available. If the members feel like the </li></ul><ul><li>community is very hierarchical they may never feel like they belong on the “inside”. Use your position to energize your community. </li></ul><ul><li>Play matchmaker. The leaders in the community should focus on </li></ul><ul><li>putting people together with like ideas, interests etc. help them bridge </li></ul><ul><li>the social interaction gap. </li></ul>
  20. 20. BE YOURSELF
  21. 21. Na’aseh v’nishmah
  22. 22. Job Descriptions Program Directors Social Media Managers Community Managers Network Weavers
  23. 23. Resources <ul><li>Schusterman video </li></ul><ul><li>Chris Brogan on job descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>#Jnets gathering in Colorado </li></ul><ul><li>June Holley’s Network Weaving blog </li></ul><ul><li>June Holley’s Network Weaver Checklist </li></ul>
  24. 24. Next Session <ul><li>January 11, 2012  1-2pm eastern </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing Beyond the Accidental Techie </li></ul><ul><li>Oftentimes, congregations find someone on staff who’s good with technology, or at least likes to play around and can help out others.   </li></ul><ul><li>This is what we call the “accidental techie”.  They weren’t hired to do this, but have fallen into it.   </li></ul><ul><li>Join us to discuss staffing needs, how to evolve to the right place, and how everyone should have at least some role. </li></ul>