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LLC Webinar Series | Scaffolding for System Shifting Networks


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Networks come in all shapes and sizes. However, if you want to be a system shifting network you will need to put in place scaffolding so that transformation can emerge easily and quickly. In nature, billions of soil organisms and mycorrhizal fungal mats work together to form this type of scaffolding to distribute resources and support the growth of plants and trees as they create a forest. There are 6 basic structures that work together to create an environment for rapid change. Some, such as innovation funds, have been prototyped by many different networks. Others, such as communications systems and governance systems, are still in their infancy. Join June Holley and Yasmin Yonis from Network Weaver for a discussion about the necessary scaffolding for truly transformational networks.

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LLC Webinar Series | Scaffolding for System Shifting Networks

  1. 1. System Shifting Networks September 2019 4UExgo0/edit#slide=id.p
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  3. 3. ◎ Network: Over 9,000 people who fund, run, and study leadership development ◎ Collaborative Research: Promoting cutting edge models & innovation ◎ Application: Putting new models into practice to scale leadership impact on social justice issues 3 Leadership Learning Community
  4. 4. Introductions June Holley Yasmin Yonis
  5. 5. Networks can only be transformative when they have support for communication, self-organizing and learning.
  6. 6. Today’s Session 1. Relationships: Give you a chance to meet others on the call 2. New ideas: Hear from June, Yasmin and others on the call about the concept of scaffolding 3. Processing: Have a chance to ask questions and think about applications in your work for creating network scaffolding.
  7. 7. Breakout rooms ● Your name ● Something about yourself (work, location, interests, etc) ● Why are you interested in scaffolding for system shifting networks? ● What is the system(s) you are working to shift?
  8. 8. A system shifting network is one where participants self-organize and learn from numerous collaborative actions to better understand how to shift oppressive systems and co-create new options. In the chat, share the system you are trying to shift and if you are part of a network….
  9. 9. Groups of people in System Shifting Networks are continually forming new collaborations. 1 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  10. 10. System Shifting Networks are continually bringing new people, especially those often under-represented, into their collaborations bringing in new perspectives. They work explicitly to dismantle racism, patriarchy and hierarchy - which gives space for new approaches to emerge. 2 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  11. 11. In these collaborative projects, people learn new skills and new ways of working together, so leadership is continually expanding and the number of new projects continually grows. 3 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  12. 12. Projects are seen as experiments – a way to get more insight into the system they are shifting. Networks learn what works and do more of it. They get insights that help them work in new ways. 4 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  13. 13. People in projects take time to share what they are learning with others in the network and in other networks so that everyone benefits from every project, whether it was a “failure” or a success. 5 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  14. 14. Learning, breakthroughs and new insights ripple through networks and networks of networks so action becomes highly effective in shifting systems. 6 How are System Shifting Networks Created?
  15. 15. Source of network maps: Jeff Mohr, Stages from Valdis Krebs Scattered clusters Hub-and-Spoke Self-organizing System Shifting Network Time Where most network-building begins Self-sustaining network How to move from self-organizing to system shifting?
  16. 16. Scaffolding Basic structures that work together to support and accelerate the emergence of a system shifting network ● Communications ecosystem ● Support for self-organizing ○ Innovation Funds ○ Communities of Practice ○ Catalytic Network Weaver roles ● Tracking, reflecting and learning systems ● Network governance We are still in the process of co-designing and piloting these.
  17. 17. 1 Communications Ecosystem Places, spaces, processes and protocols for individuals and projects in a network to communicate, interact, self-organize, learn and share.
  18. 18. Sample Communication Ecosystem Facebook Group & Slack (discussion, events) Group Email (share info, discussion) Interactive eNewsletter Twitter (bring in new ideas) (curate innovations on topic) Doodle or Meeting Wizard to set up meetings Video conferencing for group work and learning, CoP Google docs & Slack for collaboration Track network through dashboards Share Stories Share & Discuss Information Build Relationships & Collaborate Capture & Share Ideas for Innovation Track Network Development Web Page discussion groups/ database ScoopItLoomio for decision making 18 https://networkweaver .com/product/commu nication-ecosystem/
  19. 19. Grounded in and emerging from network values and behaviors: interact as peers, dismantling racism, patriarchy and hierarchy Need to work explicitly on shifting values so that the communications system doesn’t reinforce old patterns of interaction NETWORK CULTURE
  20. 20. Network Communications Ecosystem NETWORK CULTURE Network Pulse: See the Network As A Whole Network Reach: Share & Engage Outside Network Network Engagement: Draw in, connect and build relationships between people Network Action: Self-Organize & Get stuff done Learn new skills Network Learning: Track, Reflect and Improve Flows from culture to comms processes catalyzed by the NWs
  21. 21. Find others with similar interest Convene for discussions Form a collaborative project & act Tools to Support ● Zoom ● Google docs folder: notes and tasks ● Slack: updates Need a platform for seamless movement
  22. 22. Self-Organizing & Getting Stuff Done Process Steps Tool or Functionality Online Meeting Platform Zoom, Mural, Slack Easy Way Schedule Doodle or QiQo ? Send Meeting Invite Google Calendar - Mural & Zoom have Chrome plugins Agenda and supporting files that everyone can access Google Doc (Mural? - Using a Blank Mural) Note-taking during meeting Google Doc or QiQo? Is there a recording and transcript tool that is automated via Zoom Mural - Using a Blank Mural to take notes Decision-making tools - Polling QiQo? Google Forms? Slido? Icebreaker/Check-In Mural - does it integrate w/Zoom Brainstorming Mural - does it integrate w/ Zoom Mapping Mural - does it integrate w/Zoom Reflection Mural - does it integrate w/Zoom Follow up tasks, project management Do we need a separate project management tool - Monday Slack? QiQo Templates in Google docs and sheets Slack for between meeting communication Sharing learning via newsletter Process/template to do it? Group newsletter tool or function
  23. 23. Breakout Rooms #1 Quick introductions (take notes, facilitator) Any clarifying questions about presentation so far? What have you done to create a communication ecosystem? How might you begin to work on this?
  24. 24. Report back: Questions? Any examples?
  25. 25. Getting started? Have your network take the values checklist and develop strategy for shifting values Have a group do the communication ecosystem activity and experiment with zoom, google docs and Slack
  26. 26. 3 to Jumpstart Self-organizing 1. Innovation or Activation Fund 2. Community of Practice 3. Facilitation Pool
  27. 27. 1. Innovation or Activation Funds Small grants to collaborative projects to get people to shift to collaboration. sroots-gophil-seed-grants-in-nepal/
  28. 28. 2. Communities of Practice for Innovation Fund Recipients ng-networks/ 1. Share what each project is learning (spreads innovation) 2. Expand and strengthen the network through relationship building during session 3. Learn how to support each other with challenges (peer assist)
  29. 29. 3. Catalyst Roles Facilitation Pool Experienced facilitators, trained in network facilitation, available to collaborative projects to help them learn new skills and practices (using technology, reflection, etc) The facilitator also models new ways of working together. Can lead CoPs, coach individual projects, coordinate projects.
  30. 30. Catalyst Roles Learning Weaver ● Captures learning from sessions and shares with the larger network ● Models and trains in learning and reflection processes
  31. 31. To get started…. 1. $10-15,000 for Innovation Fund 2. $3-5000 for facilitation pool 3. $5-10,000 for Community of Practice facilitation
  32. 32. What are your thoughts and questions about Innovation Funds, Communities of Practice, and Facilitation Pools ? Let us know in the chat…..
  33. 33. Reflection/Learning is critical to transformation 1. Culture we grew up in blinds us - taking time to reflect helps us see behaviors we need to shift, once we see we can help each other change 2. When we experiment, taking time to learn helps us see what begins to shift the system; it’s often not just the action but how we do it and with whom - and learning helps us notice what really makes change 3. We often make breakthroughs, have successes that we can’t even see - often sharing with others outside the project that helps us see we did something new and remarkable.
  34. 34. Tracking and Learning Reflection forms Surveys 3 sentence sharing Reflection questions
  35. 35. What we haven’t figured out: How to share what learned, innovations, insights with full network and network of networks?
  36. 36. Network governance ollaborative-networks-heres-why/
  37. 37. Decision- making by Consent, using the Advice Process. Circle makes final decision but must seriously consider advice Supporting Catalyzing Noticing Engaging Circle drafts or co-designs Proposal Sends proposal to all impacted People give advice / feedback Circle incorpor- ates advice Sets timeline for experime ntation & review Gets advice on how worked, new ideas, improvements, etc All are invited to be part of circle who care Circle makes a decision (consent) May engage more people in the co-design
  38. 38. Based on self- organization and network values Most applications have been in organizations, with exception of Circle Forward and Sociocracy 3.0 Sociocracy 3.0 - The Practical Guide Starter Kit
  39. 39. Breakout Rooms #2 Any clarifying questions about presentation so far? What have you done to create resources for projects, set up Communities of Practice and/or facilitation support, and make time for learning? How might you begin to work on this?
  40. 40. Report back ● Questions? ● What have you done already? ● Ideas for starting to work on catalysts, innovation funds, CoPs, learning or governance
  41. 41. Reflection • What is one insight you got from this day that will change the way you work? • What is one thing you are going to try to do? • What are you interested in hearing more about?
  42. 42. Support the LLC Webinar Series The suggested donation for this webinar is $30 LLC Thank You!