Weaving Social Network Tools
into the Fabric of Organizations

        Anecdotes from a Field Study
Chalice
Child sponsorship agency based in Nova
  Scotia.

Delivers aid to children, the elderly and
  communities in 15 de...
Sponsors

$$
      Chalice

      $$
            Sponsor Sites


                Sponsored Families
Basics
• Catholic-based, but serving families of all
  religious persuasions
• 42,000 children sponsored in 189
  location...
Environment
  • Increasing institutional distrust
  • Decreasing consumer prosperity

Strengths
  • Strong religious found...
2009 Strategic Discernment:
          Turning Chalice upside down!

      Children in South America pray for their sponsor...
2009 Strategic Discernment:
  Turning Chalice upside down!
Led to new mission statement / core values /
              stra...
Chalice World of Prayer
• Building relationships of life and love
  wherever we serve…
• Social network solutions
What’s Next:
From Strategic Discernment
      to Values Discernment

We say we value faith, honesty, compassion,
 trust, c...
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Information & Social Networks Symposium 2010
Dalhouise University
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Weaving Social Network Tools into the Fabric of Organizations: Anecdotes from a Field Study (by Mary-Liz Grise)

  1. 1. Weaving Social Network Tools into the Fabric of Organizations Anecdotes from a Field Study
  2. 2. Chalice Child sponsorship agency based in Nova Scotia. Delivers aid to children, the elderly and communities in 15 developing countries. Provides basic amenities like proper nutrition, shelter, education, medical assistance and other basic needs.
  3. 3. Sponsors $$ Chalice $$ Sponsor Sites Sponsored Families
  4. 4. Basics • Catholic-based, but serving families of all religious persuasions • 42,000 children sponsored in 189 locations in 15 countries • Marketing model: Parish appeals/word of mouth/newsletters • Financing model – strict auditing of sites • IT model – online sponsorships/gift catalogues
  5. 5. Environment • Increasing institutional distrust • Decreasing consumer prosperity Strengths • Strong religious foundation • Low administrative costs
  6. 6. 2009 Strategic Discernment: Turning Chalice upside down! Children in South America pray for their sponsors! “Around the world, not only in the poor countries, but I found the poverty of the West so much more difficult to remove. When I pick up a person from the street, hungry, I give him a plate of rice, a piece of bread, I have satisfied. I have removed that hunger. But a person that is shut out, that feels unwanted, unloved, terrified, the person who has been thrown out from society — that poverty is so hurtable and so much, and I find that very difficult.” (Mother Teresa, Lecture for the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979)
  7. 7. 2009 Strategic Discernment: Turning Chalice upside down! Led to new mission statement / core values / strategic direction
  8. 8. Chalice World of Prayer • Building relationships of life and love wherever we serve… • Social network solutions
  9. 9. What’s Next: From Strategic Discernment to Values Discernment We say we value faith, honesty, compassion, trust, commitment, generosity and gratitude, But do we practice them? Can we measure them?

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