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Connecting Networks - A Journey of Experimentation

How can we best meet the challenges of a dynamic global society? How do we use the complexity of human nature to unite people behind a common goal? What is the role of our foundation in taking on this challenge ... and what could be our role? We believe that many of our colleagues in the philanthropic field share these questions and are ready to start seeking solutions - together. Thus we created Connecting Networks - a shared journey where we learn from each other as well as with each other through consultations, workshops and facilitated peer exchange. In the following pages, we would like to share with you our journey so far. Although much has been achieved, there is still much that lies ahead - to try, to share and to discover. We are happy to have you join us!

How can we best meet the challenges of a dynamic global society? How do we use the complexity of human nature to unite people behind a common goal? What is the role of our foundation in taking on this challenge ... and what could be our role?
We believe that many of our colleagues in the philanthropic field share these questions and are ready to start seeking solutions - together. Thus we created Connecting Networks - a shared journey where we learn from each other as well as with each other through consultations, workshops and facilitated peer exchange.
In the following pages, we would like to share with you our journey so far. Although much has been achieved, there is still much that lies ahead - to try, to share and to discover. We are happy to have you join us!

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<strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong><br />

A <strong>Journey</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Experimentation</strong>


We believe that networks are an asset and can be a powerful tool for creating<br />

impact – especially for today’s philanthropic institutions.<br />

Over the course <strong>of</strong> many years, our institutions have developed strong relationships with large numbers<br />

<strong>of</strong> individuals and organizations dedicated to making a positive impact. We have provided resources, built<br />

capacity, advocated for causes, facilitated connections and <strong>of</strong>fered a wide range <strong>of</strong> other types <strong>of</strong> support.<br />

Yet few, if any <strong>of</strong> us, have found ways to further empower these people, their ideas and their organizations<br />

beyond the direct, time-bound support <strong>of</strong> our established programs.<br />

In seeking approaches that are more collaborative, creative and continuous to increase the impact <strong>of</strong> our<br />

work, we are constantly confronted with questions such as: How can we best meet the challenges <strong>of</strong> a<br />

dynamic global society? How do we use the complexity <strong>of</strong> human nature to unite people behind a common<br />

goal? What is the role <strong>of</strong> our foundation in taking on this challenge ... and what could be our role?<br />

We believe that many <strong>of</strong> our colleagues in the philanthropic field share these questions and are ready to<br />

start seeking solutions - together. Thus in 2017, we created <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> - a shared journey where<br />

we learn from each other as well as with each other through consultations, workshops and facilitated peer<br />

exchange. In 2018, we brought together representatives from 20 institutions to meet, exchange, strategize<br />

and connect - and not just as pr<strong>of</strong>essionals, but as people. We put emphasis on building bonds that will<br />

endure beyond the program as a first step in bringing the field <strong>of</strong> philanthropy together. This is part <strong>of</strong> our<br />

greater ambition, because we are convinced that connecting our alumni, partners, employees and peers in a<br />

wider network will not only be an exceptional opportunity, it will be a critical amplifier for our future impact.<br />

By instilling a shared sense <strong>of</strong> belonging and facilitating direct connections between these thousands <strong>of</strong> individuals<br />

and institutions, we will drive a significant increase in our networks’ resources, engagements and ideas<br />

dedicated to making a positive difference in the world.<br />

In the following pages, we would like to share with you our journey so far. Although much has been achieved,<br />

there is still much that lies ahead - to try, to share and to discover. We are happy to have you join us!<br />

Darius Polok<br />

Managing Director, iac Berlin<br />

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<strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> 2018<br />

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A <strong>Journey</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Experimentation</strong><br />

The first year <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> combined engaging workshops and collaborative online-learning with<br />

bespoke coaching. Over the course <strong>of</strong> eight months, we worked together with our organizations to jointly<br />

identify opportunities and pathways to become network-builders, design new tools and techniques required<br />

for the task, and supported participants in developing the skills and leadership necessary to drive the desired<br />

change and innovation within their respective institutions.<br />

1:1 Consultations<br />

April - May 2018<br />

Kick-<strong>of</strong>f Workshop<br />

June 2018<br />

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Peer Learning<br />

June - November 2018<br />

1:1 Transition Planning<br />

November - December 2018<br />

Strategy Retreat<br />

November 2018<br />

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Creating a Roadmap<br />

In designing <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong>, we started with an open ear. During initial one-on-one consultations and<br />

a kick-<strong>of</strong>f workshop, we asked key questions to get the conversation started about the involved organizations,<br />

their networks and each individual’s personal ambitions and challenges in building networks. Only then<br />

did we hone the overall objectives for the year and design a program that not only allowed us to develop<br />

network-building strategies, but also to create a shared journey that would break down barriers and allow us<br />

to truly connect and start creating impact together.<br />

Questions about ...<br />

... your organization:<br />

• Has your organization already partnered with,<br />

funded or founded any network organizations?<br />

• How is your network connected to or embedded<br />

in your organization?<br />

• How would you describe the organizational<br />

context in which you are operating (e.g. enabling<br />

factors, critical dependencies, etc.)?<br />

... your network:<br />

• What type <strong>of</strong> network are you building / are you<br />

planning to build?<br />

• When would your network be ‘successful’? How<br />

are you measuring its impact?<br />

• How would you assess your network today:<br />

What would you consider its greatest strengths?<br />

Where do you see a need for change or improvement?<br />

... your participation:<br />

• What key objectives and plans do you have for your network?<br />

• What questions do you have about the development <strong>of</strong> your network?<br />

What challenges keep you awake at night?<br />

• What would you be interested in contributing to <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong><br />

(i.e. skills, tools, experiences)?<br />

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Objectives for ...<br />

Individuals<br />

Organizations<br />

Field<br />

• As individuals, we seek to become<br />

skilled and connected<br />

network-builders.<br />

• We are developing new competencies<br />

and deepening relevant<br />

knowledge.<br />

• We are establishing connections<br />

with leading experts, partners<br />

and peers.<br />

• As organizations, we strive to<br />

shape an impactful network <strong>of</strong><br />

members and/or partners.<br />

• We are developing a network<br />

strategy - from ambition to<br />

operations.<br />

• We are experimenting to gain<br />

initial experience and knowledge.<br />

• As a philanthropic field, we aim<br />

to create connections across and<br />

beyond institutional networks.<br />

• We are identifying shared approaches<br />

and ambitions among<br />

our organizations.<br />

• We are exploring joint initiatives<br />

and collaborations with partners.<br />

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The Participants<br />

Atlantic Institute, Auswärtiges Amt, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Calouste Goulbenkian Foundation,<br />

Carpathian Foundation, DOEN Foundation, ERSTE Foundation, European Cultural Foundation, Fondazione<br />

Cariplo, GIZ-GLAC, Helga Breuninger Foundation, Hertie Stiftung, Lankelly Chase, Mozaik Foundation,<br />

Potanin Foundation, Rhodes Trust, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Stiftung Mercator, United World Colleges.<br />

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Starting Points<br />

Thirty-five people from 20 organizations across Europe, with various networks at different stages <strong>of</strong> development.<br />

Even at the first glance, it was clear that the participants were as diverse as the institutions they<br />

represented. However, it’s what they shared that truly brought them together: curiosity, a desire to learn and<br />

a commitment to creating networks for positive impact.<br />

Photo: Manuel Frauendorf<br />

Nicole Traxler<br />

“I hope participating in <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> helps<br />

me define a strategy for our foundation’s network<br />

for social innovators. As my previous work with<br />

networks was led by instinct, I hope to gain tools<br />

and strategies to build networks in a conscious<br />

manner.”<br />

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ERSTE Foundation<br />

Alessandro Rubini<br />

Cariplo Foundation<br />

“Through <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong>, we would like to<br />

find potential partners for setting up new programs<br />

and sharing practices, as well as finding<br />

inspiration in the experiences and successes <strong>of</strong><br />

others’ activities.”


Penelope Brook<br />

Atlantic Institute<br />

“We are just at the beginning <strong>of</strong> co-creating a<br />

community that will, we hope, be a lively one <strong>of</strong><br />

shared identity and purpose, and <strong>of</strong> action. We<br />

have a lot to learn about how to provide a light<br />

touch that supports such a community, and helping<br />

it thrive by connecting it to other, similar ones.”<br />

Vesna Bajsanski-Agic<br />

Mozaik Foundation<br />

“I am curious about what makes people stay connected<br />

with certain people, purposes, networks,<br />

or communities. How have others made it work<br />

and how can we interconnect our networks? I’m<br />

looking forward to new friends, new knowledge<br />

and new experiences.”<br />

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Welcome to the Network Lab!<br />

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The first workshop <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> 2018 was centered around<br />

the Network Lab - a series <strong>of</strong> hands-on activities to aid in strategy<br />

development.<br />

Based on the individual consultations and an analysis <strong>of</strong> participants’<br />

cases, we developed a tool called the Strategy Builder. Here, we identified<br />

three key phases in a network’s development, a set <strong>of</strong> six strategic<br />

domains and more than thirty specific instances where critical choices<br />

and shifts could be made.<br />

During the Network Lab, participants worked with the Strategy Builder<br />

to envision the potential <strong>of</strong> their networks, make critical choices, ask<br />

the right questions, gather ideas and set up first experiments.<br />

Impact<br />

Time<br />

Vision<br />

Model Experience Structure Learning Transition<br />

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After first defining the potential and vision for their networks, participants<br />

began examining the question: “What could we do to bring our<br />

network closer to its highest potential and what are key shifts needed<br />

to make this happen?” They then worked through a list <strong>of</strong> curated<br />

“choices” broken down according to the current phase <strong>of</strong> their network:<br />

“Envision” for those just starting a network; “Enable” for existing<br />

networks; “Evolve” for networks ready for the next step. This process<br />

included defining choices for the future and/or identifying those choices<br />

made in the past.<br />

The key question and the identified choices were then used as a catalyst<br />

to brainstorm ideas for initial “experiments” - interventions or activities<br />

that could be completed in the short-term (10 days) and long-term<br />

(150 days) - in order to gain experience and test assumptions so that<br />

participants could better fine-tune their strategies.<br />

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We opened up the Network Lab with a dialogue among participants<br />

to find out their views on the potential <strong>of</strong> networks to achieve positive<br />

impact and how this approach could be used or supported by foundations.<br />

The conversation evolved to include topics such as: the glue that<br />

holds networks together, the forces that motivate members into action<br />

and the greater impact that can be achieved together.<br />

We then gave participants time and space to reflect, apply these experiences<br />

and insights to the networks that they are striving to build and<br />

ask themselves, “What is the highest potential <strong>of</strong> my network?”<br />

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How might we<br />

best encourage<br />

members in our network<br />

to take more ownership<br />

and motivate<br />

peers?<br />

Stop creating everything<br />

ourselves. Start inquiring into<br />

ideas to co-create activities with<br />

members.<br />

How might we best<br />

decentralize power<br />

and responsibility in our<br />

network?<br />

Instead <strong>of</strong> having members<br />

be connected only via us as a<br />

central hub, members become<br />

directly connected with some<br />

acting as key nodes for others.<br />

How might we<br />

create a common<br />

sense <strong>of</strong> identity and<br />

purpose in a new<br />

network?<br />

How might<br />

we motivate our<br />

community to adopt a<br />

more “networked” way<br />

<strong>of</strong> thinking about<br />

impact?<br />

Rather than just observing what<br />

impact is being created,<br />

we incentivize certain, more<br />

collaborative forms <strong>of</strong> impact.<br />

Shift focus from making contacts<br />

to relationship-building based on<br />

interest and engagement in our<br />

key issues.<br />

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Short-Term<br />

Do a mapping <strong>of</strong> key individuals<br />

and identify their motivations.<br />

Long-Term<br />

Begin a process <strong>of</strong> co-creation<br />

with key members to define a<br />

structure and paths for<br />

engagement.<br />

Create new roles for regional<br />

coordinators.<br />

Host workshop with regional<br />

coordinators to shape plans<br />

together.<br />

Survey partnership needs and<br />

potential among grantees.<br />

Redesign specific grants to<br />

encourage collaboration.<br />

Use existing conferences and<br />

events to organize informal<br />

meet-ups.<br />

Develop an academy / fellowship<br />

program to encourage<br />

shared experiences and<br />

capacity-building.<br />

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Peer Exchange & Support<br />

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After working through the strategy building process, the participants<br />

could see the questions and challenges facing them more clearly. And<br />

who better to support, challenge and enrich their plans, then a community<br />

<strong>of</strong> peers with a wide range <strong>of</strong> perspectives and experience?<br />

This is why peer exchange became a central element <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong><br />

<strong>Networks</strong>. Not only did the Network Lab focus very much on a collaborative<br />

learning process, after the participants went home and began to<br />

put their plans into action, we used online tools and facilitated calls to<br />

promote exchange and strengthen their support network.<br />

Five months after the first workshop, everyone came back together<br />

for a strategy retreat - a space for sharing successes and challenges,<br />

seeking out answers, support and inspiration, and preparing themselves<br />

to move forward with renewed clarity.<br />

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“We have lots <strong>of</strong> active members,<br />

but we want to give them<br />

a stronger sense <strong>of</strong> ownership<br />

to initiate their own network<br />

activities.”<br />

“We ran a global campaign to<br />

identify and inspire champions.<br />

Could this be something<br />

for you?”<br />

“I have a lot <strong>of</strong> experience with<br />

community-building (and some<br />

failures) to share with you from<br />

my network!”<br />

“We have an online community<br />

and are trying to grow<br />

membership among social<br />

entrepreneurs.”<br />

“I have a contact at a<br />

foundation that funds accelerators.<br />

She could make some<br />

recommentations.”<br />

“We have experience in<br />

engaging alumni on our online<br />

platform. Some <strong>of</strong> our challenges<br />

could be relevant for you.”<br />

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Reflections<br />

Now that the first year <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> has<br />

come to a close, we asked everyone to tell a story<br />

from their own experience that demonstrated a<br />

major shift or change that they had experienced<br />

as a result <strong>of</strong> the program. These stories were then<br />

shared in our larger group, allowing us to discover<br />

the common themes <strong>of</strong> our journey.<br />

Together with the evaluation, they also helped to<br />

give us a direction for the future - a sense <strong>of</strong> the<br />

potential that lies ahead. And the best part, is that<br />

now we are making that journey together.<br />

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Luis Placido dos Santos<br />

Gulbenkian Foundation<br />

“At the first <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> workshop, I<br />

learned about the Bosch Foundation’s experiences<br />

in starting up the Bosch Alumni Network.<br />

I brought this case - with all its successes and<br />

challenges - back to my organization and shared<br />

it with my colleagues. I found it to be a powerful<br />

tool in changing our mindset about networks and<br />

getting support internally for the network that<br />

we’re trying to build.<br />

It was really helpful being able to use a real life<br />

example to show that even if you create a network<br />

structure, you can’t just expect members<br />

to be pro-actively engaged on their own. We, as<br />

an organization, must invest in the network and<br />

its members, and maintain a constant balance <strong>of</strong><br />

give-and-take on both sides.”<br />

Daniel Lovelock<br />

United World Colleges (UWC)<br />

“In a talk on ‘Leadership in <strong>Networks</strong>’, Darius<br />

Polok touched on the three purposes or types <strong>of</strong><br />

networks: belonging, transactional and transformational.<br />

While the UWC’s network is well-established<br />

in the first two, the idea <strong>of</strong> a transformational<br />

network was new and seemed to be the next<br />

step in achieving our goals.<br />

Shifting to a transformational view <strong>of</strong> the network<br />

meant rethinking our strategic approach. We<br />

realized that this would require a major shift - from<br />

giving the community our agenda, to listening to<br />

what they wanted and creating ways for them to<br />

realize it. In our first experiences with this new approach,<br />

we discovered that the network members<br />

themselves also want to be a transformational<br />

network, and now it’s just a question <strong>of</strong> how that<br />

could work.”<br />

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Evan Gilroy<br />

Helga Breuninger Foundation<br />

“<strong>Connecting</strong> Places is a global project <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Helga Breuninger Foundation aimed at building<br />

a network that supports the idea and practice <strong>of</strong><br />

place-making. Our initial goals included: making<br />

connections among place-makers, finding their<br />

shared values, building transformational relationships<br />

and finding continuity amongst their activities<br />

across the globe.<br />

The shared journey that we went on to explore<br />

these goals helped us to focus the conversation<br />

on our visions for transformational impact.<br />

However the real value that emerged, was that it<br />

strengthened our members’ sense <strong>of</strong> belonging<br />

and purpose. This in turn helped all <strong>of</strong> us to better<br />

articulate the value <strong>of</strong> our network and goals to<br />

ourselves and others.”<br />

Ilan Vuddamalay<br />

C&A Foundation<br />

“At the beginning <strong>of</strong> 2018, C&A Foundation<br />

decided that we wanted to proactively connect<br />

our partners and other players in our field into a<br />

network to make fashion a force for good, particularly<br />

in the field <strong>of</strong> circular fashion. Initially, we<br />

were planning to take a more conventional, topdown<br />

approach, however after the first <strong>Connecting</strong><br />

<strong>Networks</strong> modules I realized how powerful<br />

and dynamic networks can be and that they must<br />

be allowed to develop at their own pace. This<br />

required us as a foundation to focus on how we<br />

should facilitate and participate in, rather than<br />

lead this network.<br />

The insights gained through <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong><br />

is being leveraged to support my colleagues<br />

across the foundation, who are also working<br />

on network-building in different contexts.”<br />

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Evaluation<br />

The first year <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> was an important learning experience, not only in developing individuals<br />

and organizations, but also for finding the best ways to support a more connected philanthropic field.<br />

The insights we have gathered from this experience will help to guide us as we move forward.<br />

Our Experience<br />

What is one word that captures how you are feeling<br />

as the first <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> experience comes<br />

to an end?<br />

Our Progress<br />

Looking back at the combined objectives for the<br />

program, how important were each <strong>of</strong> them for you<br />

and how well were your expectations met?<br />

Comfortably uncertain<br />

Focused<br />

Flow<br />

Motivated<br />

Pressure<br />

Breakthrough<br />

Experiments<br />

Generous<br />

Supported<br />

Cautious<br />

Clarity<br />

Opportunity<br />

Ready<br />

Determined<br />

Ideas<br />

Inspired<br />

Energized<br />

A bit overwhelmed<br />

Restrategize<br />

Reassurance<br />

Expectations<br />

Below Met Exceeded<br />

Low<br />

Importance<br />

Moderate<br />

1<br />

2<br />

6<br />

5<br />

3<br />

High<br />

4<br />

30<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

We start building trust and connect as peers.<br />

We envision the opportunities and potential <strong>of</strong> networks.<br />

We deepen our network-building knowledge, skills and practices.<br />

We take time and space to work on our strategies - together.<br />

We are inspired and feel ready to take next steps.<br />

We look at joint opportunities and synergies for our networks.


Our Community<br />

Looking at your interactions with each other, how<br />

would you rate the following statements:<br />

Our Way Forward<br />

From the rich feedback gathered in this first year,<br />

the following three points will help to guide us as we<br />

continue on with <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong>:<br />

I found it easy to<br />

approach others and<br />

ask them for help.<br />

I felt comfortable<br />

discussing personal<br />

challenges and ideas<br />

with others.<br />

I gained new insights<br />

and learned a lot<br />

from others.<br />

5%<br />

10%<br />

45% 50%<br />

45%<br />

55%<br />

50%<br />

40%<br />

• We will move from a defined program to a<br />

curated community, deepening the peerbased<br />

approach with new learning formats<br />

and more opportunities for co-hosting with<br />

members.<br />

• We will open this community up and invite<br />

other foundations and their network-builders<br />

to join and shape <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> together<br />

with current members.<br />

I explored joint initiatives<br />

and possible<br />

collaborations with<br />

others.<br />

65%<br />

30% 5%<br />

25% 50% 75% 100%<br />

• We will put more energy into “matching”<br />

members who have similar cases and creating<br />

spaces to identify potential opportunities<br />

and synergies for different networks to work<br />

together.<br />

Strongly Agree<br />

Agree<br />

Neutral<br />

Disagree<br />

Strongly disagree<br />

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<strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> in 2019<br />

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The <strong>Journey</strong> Ahead<br />

Although the first year <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong><br />

has come to a close, the journey continues. In the<br />

months to come, we strive to transform <strong>Connecting</strong><br />

<strong>Networks</strong> from a program into a community - one<br />

that is continuously active, jointly curated and open<br />

to join.<br />

We aim to create, advance and test tools to build<br />

and connect networks, while sharing our reflections,<br />

experiences and insights with the wider field. We<br />

have activities planned - ranging from a strategy<br />

retreat and learning labs, to group calls and an<br />

ever-growing resource center - to bring together<br />

current members, potential members, the interested<br />

and the curious.<br />

There is much to do,<br />

and we are ready to do it - together!<br />

1:1 Consultations<br />

Three personal calls with the iac<br />

team to help you make the most<br />

out <strong>of</strong> your membership, advance<br />

your network strategy and support<br />

you in your role as a network-builder.<br />

Strategy Retreat<br />

An annual three-day meeting to<br />

jointly advance strategies, share<br />

learnings, expand skills and solve<br />

challenges with peers. Designed<br />

with time and space to be inspired,<br />

build connections and spark<br />

new developments together with<br />

other members.<br />

June 11-13 th 2019<br />

Paretz/Berlin, Germany<br />

To find out how you can get involved,<br />

please contact:<br />

Working Calls<br />

Bi-weekly, hosted calls for members<br />

with formats ranging from<br />

case clinics to strategy webinars<br />

and virtual conferences.<br />

Armin Pialek: armin.pialek@iac-berlin.org<br />

Hinnerk Hansen: hinnerk.hansen@iac-berlin.org<br />

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Strategy Builder<br />

A customized planning tool and<br />

evolving case library to help you<br />

define the focus and identify the<br />

scope <strong>of</strong> your network strategy.<br />

Peer Connections<br />

Facilitated introductions and<br />

supported partnering between<br />

members with common interests,<br />

complementary activities or<br />

shared ambitions.<br />

Online Community<br />

A members-only group on<br />

LinkedIn to enable direct connections<br />

and ongoing exchange.<br />

Resource Site<br />

Curated literature, tools and perspectives<br />

on network-building in<br />

the philanthropic field.<br />

Learning Labs<br />

Two-day meetings to explore and<br />

advance dialogue around key<br />

themes together with interested<br />

members.<br />

Proposed topics for 2019/2020:<br />

• “The Value <strong>of</strong> Connections”:<br />

Various paths to network-building<br />

and pro<strong>of</strong> <strong>of</strong> impact.<br />

• “Power & Trust”: The unique role<br />

<strong>of</strong> and challenges for foundations<br />

as builders <strong>of</strong> networks.<br />

• “A Narrative for <strong>Networks</strong>”: How<br />

to keep networks in the strategic<br />

discourse in philanthropy.<br />

• “Better Together”: Strategic<br />

partnerships and organizational<br />

networks.<br />

• “System Change”: New perspectives<br />

on framing the design and<br />

use <strong>of</strong> networks.<br />

Rolling schedule starting summer/<br />

fall 2019 with date, place and host<br />

to be announced a minimum <strong>of</strong><br />

three months in advance.<br />

… and a joint effort to inspire network-building<br />

in the philanthropic field!<br />

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Imprint<br />

The International Alumni Center (iac Berlin) is a Think & Do Tank for networks with social impact founded<br />

by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It advises foundations and other non-pr<strong>of</strong>it organizations in their alumni<br />

work, helps with practical solutions in the design <strong>of</strong> impact-oriented networks and initiates new forms <strong>of</strong><br />

collaboration.<br />

To find out more about our work, please visit: www.iac-berlin.org.<br />

Published by the iac Berlin<br />

Linienstraße 65a<br />

10119 Berlin, Germany<br />

HRB 759544<br />

Managing Director: Darius Polok<br />

Content: Hinnerk Hansen & Stephanie Don<br />

Text & Design: Stephanie Don<br />

Illustrations: Abdul Dube<br />

Photographs: Uwe Steckhan*<br />

(*except where otherwise noted)<br />

Copyright: iac Berlin<br />

This brochure was developed as part <strong>of</strong> <strong>Connecting</strong><br />

<strong>Networks</strong>, a program <strong>of</strong> the iac Berlin with support<br />

from the Robert Bosch Stiftung.<br />

<strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> Team and Advisors:<br />

Abdul Dube, Visual Confidence<br />

Alexis Eremia, freims: contemporary consulting<br />

Anna Birney, Forum for the Future<br />

Armin Pialek, iac Berlin<br />

Darius Polok, iac Berlin<br />

Hinnerk Hansen, iac Berlin<br />

Ian Bird, Community Foundations <strong>of</strong> Canada<br />

Itai Gruenbaum, freims: contemporary consulting<br />

Stephanie Don, Hat Rack Communications<br />

Tim Draimen, McConnell Foundation<br />

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“You need an unshakable belief in the<br />

extraordinary potential <strong>of</strong> every human being.<br />

Your job is then to find the key<br />

to unlock that potential.”<br />

Royston Maldoom<br />

Global Choreographer, Dance Educator<br />

& Keynote Speaker at <strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong><br />

<strong>Connecting</strong> <strong>Networks</strong> is a program<br />

<strong>of</strong> the iac Berlin with support from<br />

the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

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