Recapping the Portland Learning Journey

By the end of our June 19-22 learning journey to Portland, Oregon, our collective minds were buzzing about how to bring what we learned in Portland back to Fresno and the rest of the San Joaquin Valley. The purpose of...

Learning to Walk Before We Run

The process of building a robust, resilient network takes time. As we discussed in our earlier blog post, Building Shared Understanding, members of collective action networks must share similar goals and track similar metrics to collaborate. But first, members of...

Building Shared Understanding

Today I’ll begin to dive a little deeper on some of the concepts I introduced in my previous blog post, “What does it mean to build a network,” beginning with the crucial first step of network formation – building shared...

Sense-Making

All too often startups and other organizations like Pets.com believe that by bringing together great minds in a single room, developing a great product they think their customers will love, and launching it with a sales & marketing team, they...

What Does it Mean to “Build a Network”?

While discussing my work with a friend recently, he asked me a simple, yet poignant question – what does it mean to “build a network”? The foundational idea here is that we are starting to realize that individual organizations and...