TRANSFORMING A REGION AND IT’S FUTURE THROUGH NETWORKED ACTION

ABOUT US

The New Leadership Network brings together diverse EMERGING leaders across issues, sectors and generations to learn, build relationships, collaborate and INNOVATE for a better future for their region. The Network launched in Fresno COUNTY in 2013 and WILL LAUNCH in Stanislaus County in 2016.

DESIGN

Bringing together local leaders to work in the “dynamic space” between sectors – finding common ground and building trust – and then working together on important initiatives in the community.

NETWORK

The Irvine New Leadership Network is based currently in two sites: Fresno and Stanislaus County, California.

TEAM

The New Leadership Network is a project of The James Irvine Foundation whose mission is to expand economic and political opportunity for families and young adults who are working but struggling with poverty.

BLOG

After an amazing journey over the last four years in Fresno, CA, we are thrilled to announce that the Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network (NLN) will launch a new network this fall in Stanislaus County, even as the work in Fresno continues. As those who follow our work know, the...

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By David Ehrlichman, Co-Founder of Converge and Systems Director of the New Leadership Network Networks are proving to be powerful tools for aligning stakeholders and tackling “wicked problems” of all kinds. But how can networks be evaluated and analyzed? And how can we strategically shape and navigate our networks to align with our goals? Today, new techniques are emerging that allow us to map and analyz...

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Why Networks? We are starting to realize that individual organizations and the “super social-entrepreneur” are not enough to really move the needle on complex, wicked problems (like childhood obesity, early education, housing, decreasing carbon emissions, etc.). Instead, we are learning that for broad-scale change to occur, we need to build cross-sector networks of people and organizations that are engaged on at least one aspect of a central issue. The most effective ...

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This post originally appeared on the Converge blog found at blog.ConvergeForImpact.com. In 1967 the late design theorist Horst Rittel described wicked problems as a “class of social system problems which are ill-formulated, where the information is confusing, where there are many clients and decision makers with conflicting values, and where the ramifications in the whole system are thoroughly confusing.” Wi...

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