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June Holley

The biggest difference between Communities of Practice/formalized Networks and self-organizing networks is that CoPs and formalized Networks have boundaries and membership.

They have their uses but they are not designed for viral spread the way self-organizing networks are. What you show in your last slide will only happen if people know how to identify others (reaching across traditional boundaries and outside their CoPs/formal Networks) interested in working on some new innovation/experiment, do something, and then share the breakthroughs they made with others. That how we get increased impact: through ever spreading collaborative action that includes those we don't usually hang out with.

Sara Elkins

Beth -

What advice would you give to a NP that is just starting out leveraging the Web for fund-raising? Where do you begin?

Elaine Gantz Wright

Beth - Thanks of for this post. This concept of "collaborative action" is fascinating and very potent, but I struggle with the "herding cats" aspect of the network logistics, execution, and management. Ironically, I think Sara's comment (above) speaks to question I clicked to pose. In this period of morphing social action, what role does the traditional 501 c 3 play? Can you paint a picture of the hybrid philanthropiclandscape?

Saqib Ali


Loved the Network Orientation slide. Can I re-use it (with proper credits, of course)?


Priyanka D

I agree #tags makes it easier for lot of people to connect.


Liked your presentation on Network and technology..


Congratulations !
Very very nice site
Thank you.. =)

Meaghan Thomas

Hi, Beth.
I really enjoy your blog. There are so many non-profits that could benefit from social media--they just need some guidance in how to it effectively.

Can you please e-mail me your e-mail. I couldn't find it on your blog or wiki pages. I think you and perhaps some of the non-profits you work with would be interested in I'd like to send you some information and answer any questions you may have.


Simon Mainwaring

Thanks so much, Beth. The notes are really valuable. Following on your charts and also the comments above, it seems NP and Foundations would benefit greatly from an ongoing open source approach to what they're learning, much like Architecture for Humanity does. With needs so many and varied, we need to collaborate as much as possible.

Thanks for the great example and the slideshare,

Simon Mainwaring

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Good post. The concept of "collaborative action" is very interesting. After all social media marketing is a very powerful tool.
David Plouffe’s,(President Barack Obama’s point man on social media) innovative strategy not only got Obama elected but also managed to raise the largest amount of campaign funding in election history.
At the" target=”_blank”> IMD OWP 2010 , David Plouffe will share his insights on the historic Obama campaign while framing it in the context of how Obama's leadership is shaping the United States and the world today. Weaving in his own experience managing and leading the campaign that propelled Obama into the White House, Plouffe will share: the stories behind the campaign and current strategic issues facing the administration; the importance of strategy in managing campaigns, public policy initiatives and crises; how Obama is still garnering support from the movement created during the campaign.

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