What is a Convener?
We define “convener” as anyone (both individuals and organizations) who brings groups of people together to create and amplify social and/or environmental impact. This can look like being an event organizer, an impact accelerator, an impact investor network, a philanthropic organization, foundation, or corporation. whatever sector you focus on, whether you work with neighborhoods or nations, if you use convening to help solve social or environmental challenges, we want to work with you!
Who We Are & What We Do
We build powerful communities of practice for mission-driven leaders to connect, learn, and collaborate with each other. We do this work through our Membership Community, our Trailblazer initiative, and by offering Advisory Services.
our expertise in action
Hewlett’s Madison Initiative team needed guidance on designing a convening that would respect the culture and expertise of their Representative Democracy Grantees. They set a goal to build strong relationships and catalyze collaboration among their grantees that address pluralism, political tolerance, negotiation and compromise in our democracy.
The Conveners.org team tailored a multi-day experience for over 100 participants (their entire grantee portfolio) that promoted idea exchange and shared practices. In addition to providing planning and logistics support, the Conveners.org team crafted a unique agenda and lead on-site facilitation.
Using this new experience design as a framework, they were able to streamline future events, which continues to make their convenings meaningful and impactful. They now have the capacity to pivot quickly to a virtual forum, following the cancellation of their events during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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