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Monday, August 19th
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Open-Sourcing Social Change: Engaging networks for social justice and leadership development
Our nation’s social and economic challenges often appear intractable because so many policies, practices, and institutions interact in complex ways that yield inequitable results. As a result, social justice organizations are increasingly realizing that no one institution or sector is capable of addressing these problems on its own. With this challenge in mind, nonprofits, social enterprises and even governments are experimenting with strategies to “open-source social change” by mobilizing networks, co-creating innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems, sharing learnings from their work in real time, and engaging with non-traditional partners. During this webinar, we will examine what it means to open-source social change, explore examples of this work in practice, discuss ways to enact this approach in members’ own work, and identify the opportunities this approach creates for leadership development for emerging practitioners of social justice work.
• June Holley, Principal, Network Weaver Consultants Network and author of The Network Weaver Handbook
• Nadia Owusu, Senior Associate for Knowledge and Organizational Development, Living Cities
• Tamir Novotny,Senior Policy Associate, Living Cities
June Holley, Principal, Network Weaver Consultants Network
June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 25 years. In 1981 she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?
With others in Appalachian Ohio, she catalyzed cascades of experimentation, observing and documenting the dynamics that enabled many hundreds of people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate, self-organize and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together.
After twenty years as executive director of the Appalachian Center for Economic Networks, she stepped down to devote her energies to helping communities around the globe form Smart Networks by training and supporting Network Weavers. She helped clients use Smart Network Analyzer social network mapping software to understand and enhance their networks. Her recent Smart Networks projects have involved communities, regions, statewide collaborations, healthcare and hospital systems, and national learning and innovation networks. She is highly regarded as a dynamic keynote speaker and has led hundreds of interactive workshops on applying a network approach.
Nadia Owusu, Senior Knowledge and Organizational Development Associate, Living Cities
Nadia Owusu is a Senior Knowledge & Organizational Development Associate at Living Cities, an organization that works to foster the spread of experimentation and adoption of promising approaches to move the needle for low-income people in US cities. Nadia manages and supports a variety of activities to advance Living Cities’ knowledge and communications strategy focused on ‘open sourcing social change’ and building a ‘network effect’– intentionally weaving practitioners, innovators and real-time knowledge together. She also works closely with the CEO and Chief of Staff on organizational development, strategic planning, and special projects.
Before joining Living Cities, Nadia served as the Program Coordinator for a microfinance organization operating in Africa’s Great Lakes region. Previously, she worked as a journalist and editorial assistant at Doubledown Media, publisher of multiple finance-oriented magazines. She has also worked and volunteered for an array of youth service organizations in New York, including Bridge Builders Community Partnership and Shakespeare for Kids.
Nadia graduated from Pace University with a BA in Political Science and holds an MS from Hunter College’s Department of Urban Affairs and Planning.
Tamir Novotny, Senior Associate, Public Sector Innovation, Living Cities
Tamir is a Senior Associate on the Public Sector Innovation Team at Living Cities, which works with local governments to fundamentally change the way they work for the benefit of low-income people and communities. In this capacity, Tamir manages the Cluster’s work to bring data and technology into the heart of local government operations and decision-making. One early result of this work is the creation of #VizLou, a mobile website created to engage low-income Millennials in Louisville, Kentucky in discussions about the city’s long-term future. He also staffs work around capital innovation, economic development, land use and transportation as relates to the public sector, and has project-managed, edited and written over half a dozen research pieces and knowledge products for Living Cities on a variety of topics. Earlier in his tenure with Living Cities, Tamir developed and managed a $5,000,000, ten-city pilot to test approaches to stabilizing low-income neighborhoods affected by foreclosures. He has spoken at convenings hosted by the Federal Reserve, The National Housing Conference, Rail~Volution and others.
Tamir completed a Masters in Public Administration from New York University in 2008 and a BA from NYU in Metropolitan Studies in 2006. He serves on the Steering Committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, New York Chapter and is an active member of Manhattan Young Democrats.