Reality Summit at the Esalen Institute

RE-IMAGINE REALITY: This intensive is focused on the nexus of transformation and innovation.

The emergent technology revolution and the mindfulness movement are powerful change agents that can be utilized to benefit the very evolution of our species.

In 2018, we will convene industry leaders in virtual/Augmented/Mixed Reality AI, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Robotics and associated emerging technologies at the birthplace of the human potential movement.


Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium

New England International Donors (NEID) and The Philanthropic Initiative’s Center for Global Philanthropy are co-hosting the 2018 Innovations in International Philanthropy Symposium to propel forward the capacity and impact of internationally-oriented philanthropists, including individuals, families, foundations, investors, and corporate funders. The Symposium will provide funders a place to network, learn about relevant trends in international philanthropy, discover opportunities for collaboration, and gain practical, hands-on skills to increase the impact of their international giving.


ONE WORLD: Innovations in Corporate Social Impact Summit

A fantastic line-up of corporate professionals will offer insight into the various initiatives underway at their organizations geared at increasing corporate social and environmental impact. With many activities now extending far beyond traditional corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts, the primary goals of this event are to educate participants about the practical programs and initiatives achieving success and generating maximum impact through an in-depth program of talks, panel discussions and peer-to-peer networking.

WHAT'S UNIQUE
Focus - This program is focused on corporate initiatives where both financial and social goals are achieved simultaneously.
Participants - Attendees across a variety of corporate functions: Executive Office, Product and Service Line Leaders, Finance, Marketing & Sales, HR and Operations.
Local - The program is designed for companies based in the Bay Area to build the community of local professionals working toward a common cause.


SHIFTING PATTERNS: Building Effective Teams for Social Impact

With increased demands for bold solutions to urgent problems, high expectations for impact, and limited resources, we can end up taking our relationships with co-workers for granted. However, it's the quality of these relationships that ultimately determines our success.

Building Effective Teams for Social Impact is a 5-month program, based in Washington, DC, which is designed for nonprofit, social enterprise, and socially responsible business leaders who want to find out what's really getting in the way of effective teamwork and develop the skills to collaboratively solve these challenges.


Webinar Recap: Top 5 Elements to Build Effective Partnerships

Building Effective Partnerships

Has this happened to you? You’ve been deeply engaged in a series of discussions with a great new potential partner. All is going incredibly well: competitive advantages have been clearly articulated; the mutual benefit to collaboration is obvious to both parties; all lights are green and you are eager to move on past talk and into action. Then, you realize you will have to capture the complexities of your marathon conversations into written form to jumpstart the official partnership and set you up operationally for success -- but, you don’t know the best way to get started.

We at Conveners.org encourage peer sharing of tips and best practices of this sort, and last month hosted a webinar to provide the space for conveners to share their partnership success stories and challenges, and to learn from one another how to more effectively engage partners. During the call, the following were identified as the five foundational elements needed to structure effective partnerships from the start:

  • Time: One best practice is to agree on the timeline for collaboration; articulate due dates for specific deliverables, and which organization is responsible for the deliverable.  Gantt Charts and similar project management tools can help visualize the timeline.
  • Money: Confirm how much funding will be required of each partner and how much money, if any, each partner is contributing. This includes in-kind donations and venue contributions.
  • Talent: Discuss if a specific expertise is required to fulfill the partnership. This can include graphic design, software development, accounting, legal services, or other special expertise. Understand whether a very specific staff member will be required to dedicate time to the partnership.
  • Brand Association: Identify how each partner will use the other partner’s brand. This is especially relevant with the use of brand logos for events and event promotion. Try to discuss this in advance of an actual event.
  • Exposure and Community Outreach: Agree to what, if any, community outreach or media exposure is included in the partnership. It can be critical that you get the word out to enough people about a particular event; setting up these parameters ahead of time will save you time in the long run.

In addition to these tips to kick off an effective partnership, the group collaboratively produced a partnership agreement template (MOU) that can be used as a starting point by anyone in the community to guide effective collaborations between organizations. The end result will also be freely accessible through creative commons.

Do you have tips on how to best set up a new partnership?  Let us know by posting below.

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