Movement leaders are constantly seeking powerful ways to connect resources to people and people to each other in order to create change — but social change cannot happen when individual leaders in grassroots groups and organizations are fractured from one another and campaign in isolation. Network structures do this job efficiently and effectively.
Today, successful movements are driven by many leaders with a wide range of skills and backgrounds who forge meaningful and strategic connections. Through these connections, they share information and resources, and coordinate to link campaigns toward a common vision and goal. Insights and experiences from the world of advocacy network-building can help civic technology builders and designers better develop a framework for their work, and understand the difference it can make when all of the elements come together.
Participants will learn about seven elements of network design successfully used by nonprofits and foundations at local, state, and national scales. Collaboration is key in a networked world. This session opens a discussion about the mechanics of network building for social change, and offers a framework for discussion and an opportunity to make sense of it all through a mix of large groups, peer learning, and small groups.