Tuesday, 27. April 2010 11:34
So for the past few weeks or so I have been bemoaning the fact that I didn’t throw myself fully into the 2010 Spring conference season. This would include attending Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), Association of Black Foundation Executives (AFBE), Young NonProfit Professionals Network (YNPN), Council on Foundations (COF) and a whole host of other gatherings. And then I had an ahh-haa moment.
It happened when I started following GEO 2010 on Tactical Philanthropy.
First, I remembered that at my core I am introvert (really) and so conferences exhaust me, so it is likely that I would have never survived conference season as a fully functional individual.
Second, I realized that thanks to the great blog team (http://bit.ly/cDQdIO) that Sean Stannard-Stockton brought together, I was able to get snapshots in to the various sessions through the minds, hearts and souls of people I respect deeply; some of whom I am fortunate enough to know.
From GEO, the following posts are still resonating with me:
- Non Profit Next: A Model Conference by Stephanie McAuliffe which summarized a session by Heather Gowdy and David LaPiana which highlighted 5 trends they belive are impacting the non profit sector. http://bit.ly/92LICc. – I am always interested in what David has to say given his long and deep history in working in and with non profits.
- Creating a Culture of Foundation Effectiveness by Jim Coutre in which he shared some of the key themes of a session led by several CEO’s including the always informative Jim Canales from Irvine. Key idea: Empathy + Openness + Inclusion = Effectiveness. http://bit.ly/9vjjIv – The idea that there is a formula for effectiveness is an interesting one. Assuming there is one, I would modify it by adding Context and Capacity as confounding or grounding factors with a dose of Humility as well.
- More Ideas for Blowing Up the Conference Model by Teri Behrens where she shared some brainstorming ideas from the blogging team about how to shift away from the 90 minute conference session mode. http://bit.ly/dANMGY – This one is of particular interest given my last post on how we learn and our continuous efforts to create environments that support adult learning.
As COF is just ending, not sure what will have stickiness. But I have found the Twitter exchange and the posts courtesy of the blog team (http://bit.ly/cEgrMU) sponsored by Philanthropy411 engaging and thoughtful. Also still thinking about YNPN which was quite active over the weekend.
Appreciations to Kris Putnam and Sean Stannard-Stockton for convening a broad set of perspectives with a range of experiences and positiona as it relates to philanthropy and the social sector.