This tweet was sent a Packard Foundation board meeting four years ago. By today’s standards, it isn’t earth shattering. But, this was back in 2009 in the days when you mentioned Twitter and people would look at you with a puzzling expression or say sarcastically, “Isn’t that where people share what their cat ate for breakfast?” It was part of a presentation I gave to the board about how networks were changing the way nonprofits were doing their social change and an advanced preview of book, “The Networked Nonprofit,” the writing, of which, was supported through my role as Visiting Scholar.
I was only supposed to be there for nine months, but the interest from grantees and other capacity builders was strong. During my four years as Visiting Scholar with the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness program I ended up writing two books with fabulous co-authors, Alison Fine and Katie Paine, designing and delivering numerous capacity building projects with grantees to hone their skills in social media and using networks while I honed my skills designing, delivering, evaluating, and coaching, wrote hundreds of blog posts to share the lesson further, and delivered countless keynotes and panel presentations about the work.
The Packard Foundation is hosting a Google Hangout and will be live from our headquarters. During the hangout, fellow NP tech guru, John Kenyon, will interview me and we’ll have a few grantees as guests. We’ll take a look back at successes, failures, and ah-ha moments of the past four years and look forward to the next.
Google Hangout, 10/29 @3pm PST
Sign up: bit.ly/18CDKRR
You can also tweet questions, comments, and good wishes to @DLPFexplore, using #theBetheffect — before, during, or after the Hangout.