Wednesday, 15. September 2010 9:21
If you were not at this year’s CompassPoint’s Non Profit Day, it was your loss. The powerful agenda was based on the theme of storytelling and the need for non profits to commit to better defining, documenting, demonstrating and communicating their value added. The conference both challenged and supported non profits to identify the tangible ways in which their efforts fundamentally transform the lives and conditions of individuals and communities. This was a conference about change.
It was also about movement building and networking. Both of which require the ability and commitment to cultivate authentic relationships and engage in difficult conversations.
The design of the agenda provided real time, not just during your walk to another session, for participants to reflect, meet new colleagues, catch up with old colleagues and in general, to breathe, which is often missing from these types of gatherings. People seemed genuinely and deeply engaged and there was an energy (not frenetic) that permeated the whole day.
Check out this link to find a wealth of materials from the day: http://www.compasspoint.org/npd10
To be fully transparent, jdcPartnerships works closely with CompassPoint and has for the past 18 months. We also presented this year (Is your Mission Statement Enough). Our next post will describe how our work with CompassPoint on their Theory of Change influenced the design of NonProfit Day (It really did).
Almost two weeks later, the experience still resonates with me. I can’t wait until NonProfit Day 2011. Hope to see you there.