Pathway to Change: Tools and Practices for Collaborative Planning

September 20, 2011toSeptember 22, 2011

Presented by the Interaction Institute for Social Change
Date:  September 20-22
Location: Boston, MA

Nonprofit Organizations are confronting issues today that are so complex that the problems are not well defined and the solutions are not the least bit clear. Collaboration is no longer optional; it is an imperative. We must find new and creative ways to come together to build relationships, think strategically, and chart our way forward to a better future. To do this well requires a new mindset, heartset, and skill set, which is what IISC offers in their Pathway to Change™ workshop.

Pathway to Change™ is deeply rooted in IISC’s experience and practice in the social sector and will provide you with the methods and tools needed to artfully design and skillfully facilitate collaborative change.

If you are engaged in a network – whether it be a coalition, task force, working group or multi-stakeholder collaboration – Pathway to Change™ will lift up the essential skills you need …from facilitating productive and meaningful conversations to designing a roadmap that will take your change efforts successfully forward to far greater impact.

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Present a clear rationale to a group of stakeholders about why a particular change is necessary.
  • Convene and facilitate a diverse group or team to agree on the key elements of a collaborative change process.
  • Complete a stakeholder analysis that identifies key stakeholders and describes how and when they will be engaged.
  • Work with others to map out a proposal for a pathway to change.
  • Apply facilitation techniques to guide the group’s work throughout the different phases of the change process.
  • Guide groups to balance success across three dimensions: results, process, and relationship.

Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute

September 21, 2011toSeptember 23, 2011

A Program of Enterprise Community Partners

September 21-23, 2011
Cambridge, MA

The second annual Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute will bring together leaders on the frontline of affordable housing design and development for a two-and-a-half day session focused on innovation and best practices. Two teams: a Design Resource Team of seven expert design innovators and a Development Team of seven forward-thinking developers with projects in the schematic design phase, will join forces to create solutions that will impact real affordable housing projects nationwide. The session will help community development leaders put into action best practices in sustainable community design, transit-oriented development, and green architectural design.

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“Back to School” Webinar Series for Microenterprise Organizations and CDFIs

September 14, 2011
September 21, 2011
September 28, 2011

Date: September 14, 21, 28, 2011

Friedman Associates and their partners are offering three free webinars in September to help plan for next year’s budget and new and improved ways to help clients build strong businesses and lead our communities into economic recovery. Despite continued economic challenges, microenterprise development organizations and CDFIs are finding new opportunities to demonstrate their relevance and impact.

Building a High Performance Volunteer Program

Wednesday September 14th at 2:00 pm EDT

Women’s Initiative has a demonstrated model for successfully utilizing volunteers at every level of the agency and has designed a program intended to transition interest into engagement. In this webinar, Katie will share best practices for the design, execution, and cultivation of volunteer programs to capture individual agency needs and maximize volunteer impact. One notable program is the Women’s Initiative Microenterprise Fellowship Program, designed to engage recent college graduates and seasoned professionals alike to contribute to the agency by maximizing each fellow’s interests and expertise, and by creating a professional development experience unmatched by traditional internships.

Led by Katie Taylor, Research Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator for Women’s Initiative for Self Employment.

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Estimating Supply and Demand for Microcredit in Your Community 

Wednesday, September 21st at 2:00 pm EDT

It’s become conventional wisdom – tightened credit markets means more business for microfinance organizations and CDFIs. But how do you really know? How do you quantify the demand for microcredit in your community? In this webinar, we reveal our approach to helping microfinance organizations and CDFIs answer that key question. Through a process that combines number crunching and interviews with key stakeholders, you will be armed with the information you need to increase volume and impact. Also, we’ll give you some tips on how to “fine tune” your loan fund operations to achieve greater efficiency and performance.

Led by Amelia Lobo, Friedman Associates and Blaise Rastello, Urban Oasis

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Innovations in Green Microenterprise Development in Rural Communities

Wednesday, September 28th at 2:00 pm EDT

Established by The Conservation Fund with a lead grant from the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, ShadeFund enables individuals, companies and foundations to help green entrepreneurs across America grow their businesses and create jobs. Tax deductible contributions to ShadeFund are pooled and lent to qualified small green businesses nationwide. As entrepreneurs repay their loans, those same dollars are recycled to help other entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Adelante Empreas integrates elements of sustainability, using the triple bottom line framework, into each element of its business development program for Latinos. Learn how staff conducts an impact assessment with clients to identify sustainability goals and how they integrate these goals into their business development coaching.

Led by Rick Larson, Director, ShadeFund and Ali Brown, Coordinator, Adelante Empressas.

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These webinars are provided by Women’s Initiative, Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs/Georgia Green Loans, Little Dixie Community Action Agency and Friedman Associates and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration PRIME Program.