Launching NLN in Stanislaus County

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...

Making Networks Work: A Primer On Networks for Systems Change

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...

Building Networks and Movements for Social Change

Lessons from a new initiative aimed at supporting and developing new social justice leaders. This post by Heather McLeod Grant originally appeared on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. The social sector is at a critical inflection point, a moment when external and...

Network Mapping as a Tool for Strategy & Engagement

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...

Building Capacity for Social Change 2.0

This post by Heather McLeod Grant originally appeared as a guest post on Beth Kanter’s blog Note From Beth: A few weeks ago,  I was lucky enough to participate in a meeting with other capacity builders who work with networks.    I...

The Initiatives That Turned Portland Around

In our discussions with Portland’s leaders, a few key interventions emerged that proved to be influential in the city’s revitalization and growth over the past few decades. Although some of the following examples may not be feasible in California given...