Launch day for The Networked Nonprofit is here at last! This is the day writers think about when slogging through yet another revision of chapter 5 or 8 or 3. Just one more time through, you think, and someday far off in the future someone out there will actually read it. And today’s that day!
The Networked Nonprofit is for senior nonprofit executives struggling to understand the seismic shifts in the landscape that have occurred over the past few years. The shift has been driven in large part by the advent of social media, but not entirely. The ongoing ineffectiveness of stand alone organizations each trying to trump other organizations as the most effective problem solver, or best homeless shelter in the city, or most innovative after school program, and the scarcity thinking that drives this way of thinking has finally worn out its welcome. The bottom line is that complex social problems, and they’re all complex by definition, outpace the capacity of any single individual or organization to solve them.
Our book outlines a very different way of working, one focused on abundance and networked thinking. Nonprofit organizations need to work as networks – not at them or with them – but actually to remake themselves as social networks. The book provides a framework for understanding how to make this transition with lots of stories of other organizations like the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood and the Humane Society of the US that have begun to turn themselves inside out.
The Networked Nonprofit is also aimed at the Millennials within those organizations who are frustrated and need help convincing senior staff and boards of the need to change the way they operate.
Kanter and Fine live and act like the very types of organizations they explicate in the book. As leaders and learners they connect, share, give credit, invite, discuss, rehearse, improve and introduce. They try things out in public – the book was written collaboratively across different time zones, drafted and shared in countless speeches, slide decks, workshops and twitter feeds.
And they’ve done their homework. The Networked Nonprofit has a dozen examples for every idea it offers – from big organizations and small, digital native enterprises and transformed “old line” institutions, freelance activists and professionals of every stripe.
Please join us today for our virtual book launch party. Join us today, June 21st from 1-2 PM PST/4-5 PM EST for the launch of The Networked Nonprofit published by Jossey-Bass. Follow it on Twitter (#netnon) and/or Ustream (http://www.ustream.tv/channel/networked-nonprofit). We have over 600 people who have signed up to join us!
Here’s the launch party schedule. Feel free to pop in for five minutes or spend the hour with us. We’ll be talking about different themes from the book and answer your questions. We’ll cover:
(1) What is it like to co-wrote a book? We have different styles of thinking, writing, and working. Plus we live on different coasts. We’ll talk about how we managed our collaboration.
(2) Why we wrote the book! What was the initial inspiration, what we discovered in our research, and how we arrived at the framework for the Networked Nonprofit.
(3) The Networked Nonprofit Framework. We believe that Networked Nonprofits first have to be, before they can do. We share a 12 step framework in the book. We’ll discuss these three important themes from the “being” side. We’ll take your questions.
- Creating a social culture at your nonprofit
- Becoming more transparent, less of a fortress
- Simplicity, letting go, focusing on what you do best and network the rest
We’ll take your questions via email and Twitter.
One last thought about today. Writing a book is a very hard thing to do and writing one with someone else is even harder. It requires negotiation and patience, but in the end it is better than what one person could have done alone – at least that was the case with this book. My sincere thanks to my co-author Beth Kanter for working with me on this effort, putting up with my endless need to find just one more adjective. Your boundless energy and enthusiasm for this topic is infectious and I am so much smarter as a result of our collaborations.