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These free webinars are based on the premise that everyone involved in a network requires network leadership skills in order to be an active, effective member of a network. Come learn how Network Leadership applies to the ongoing, everyday work of building, managing, and evaluating effective networks.

2019 Webinars

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February 21 Webinar

Building Social Connectedness in Neighborhoods: Upstream Systems-Building Approaches to Address Health Demands

This webinar will explore how to intentionally consider social capital and connectedness as a way to improve organizations and community health, education, and the economy.  By highlighting the example of Mesa County Public Health (MCPH), Dr. Jeff Kuhr will share their process of restructuring and streamlining their organization in order to better address the emerging health demands of local communities with an upstream, systems-building approach.  In one Mesa County neighborhood, for example, MCPH and its agency and resident partners are together becoming a catalyst for change by fostering intentional partnerships, building community trust and participation, and leveraging existing community assets in a more cohesive, creative and responsive manner.

Presenter: Dr. Jeff Kuhr is the Executive Director of Public Health for Mesa County, located on the Western Slope of Colorado. Additionally, Jeff is an active participant in statewide policy and program development, serving on the Colorado Board of Human Services and the Colorado Early Childhood Leadership Commission. He is a Colorado Children and Families Fellow with Ascend at the Aspen Institute.  In Grand Junction, Jeff serves on the board of directors for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center, Quality Health Network (QHN), the Rocky Mountain Health Foundation, and acts as Co-Facilitator of the Mesa County Health Leadership Consortium.

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March 27 Webinar

During this webinar, Blythe Butler from the First 2000 Days Network will share the key principles that underlie a healthy network culture and which support the pursuit of collaborative advantage in using a network approach.

Blythe Butler  is currently implementing the First 2000 Days Network, an innovative ‘collective impact’ initiative using network analysis, developmental evaluation and capacity building to improve both process (systems) outcomes and early childhood development outcomes. Blythe’s practice focuses on change management, evaluation, and capacity building to support the development of adaptive learning cultures within organizations. She is an accomplished facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Blythe holds a BComm in Finance and International Development from University of Alberta, studied Journalism at Carleton University, and Design Marketing at Parsons in New York City. 

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Jan 24 2018 Webinar: Cross-Sector Community Network Evaluations: Stories of Success Using the PARTNER Tool

Presenters: Blythe Butler, First 2000 Days Network & Jennifer Marshall, Florida’s Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program

Hear from a panel of experienced community network evaluators on how they adopted and implemented the social network analysis tool, PARTNER, to evaluate the relationships and outcomes within their networks.

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Nov 28 2017 Webinar: Network Evaluation Using the PARTNER Tool

Presenter: Danielle Varda, Visible Network Labs

As more organizations and communities collaborate, measuring, evaluating, and using data from community networks can be a challenging endeavor. A novel yet growing approach is the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to assess the quality and quantity of the interrelationships between people and organizations in communities, especially as a way to describe program and intervention outcomes.

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Oct 26 2017 Webinar: Building Resilient Community Networks in Challenging Times

Presenter: Jenna Bannon, Denver’s Early Childhood Council

When the Rules Don't Apply: There is an art and science to building a network. But what happens when what you think you know about networks is challenged by things you haven't considered? Join the Center on Network Science and Jenna Bannon for a conversation about network-building where vulnerability, trauma, and resilience are at the heart of the matter.

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Sept 18 2017 Webinar: Collaboration Launchpad: Sparking your Network's Connections

Presenter: Katie Edwards, Nonprofit Centers Network

The first step to forming a network is getting the right people in the room. The second step is to get them talking to one another. Join Katie Edwards, Executive Director, of the Nonprofit Centers Network, as she shares tools for getting your network members to share deeply, discover common goals, and map your way to collective solutions.

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Jan 26 2017 Webinar: A Network Approach to Fostering Empowerment, Leadership, and Innovation within Public Sector Agencies

Presenters: Bianca Klein and Dylan Mroszczyk-McDonald, National Park Service

As the pace of change accelerates globally, institutions designed to function in simpler times are strained. As task complexities increase, budgets are being simultaneously trimmed and public sector employees are increasingly taking on more work. Often this tendency to "do more with less" comes at the cost of work-life balance, workplace satisfaction, and morale, which can causes recruitment and retention problems for agencies.

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Feb 15 2017 Webinar: Leading Networks toward Action: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders

Presenter: Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, National Rural Health Resource Center

More and more organizations, groups, and industries are recognizing that complex issues can't be addressed from one direction alone. To achieve sustainable outcomes, representatives of diverse stakeholder groups are coming together in networks and coalitions to develop and implement mutually beneficial solutions.

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Full archive of webinars available here.