Here are a number of tools and resources that may be helpful as we try to coordinate our learning with other funders and social change makers:


  • Link to like-minded Communities of Practice:
    • CPSquared: A community of practice on communities of practice
    • Packard OE: Packard Foundation's first attempt at online sharing of the Foundation's internal thinking and resources with our NGO and funding partners
    • Network Weavers (NWW): A community of practice all about what it takes to increase connectivity among people
    • Sandbox Google: A group of people who enjoy network weaving and want to get together for informal, loosely structured 90 min "play time" around that theme (everyone calls into the same conference line & capturesnotes into a public Google doc as they'd like)
    • Leadership for a New Era: A collaborative research initiative launched by the Leadership Learning Community that focuses on understanding how leadership can become more inclusive, networked and collective

  • Tools to facilitate conversation:
  • Tools for data visualization:
    • Linked-In Maps: A tool for mapping your linked-in network, super easy to use!
    • Wordle: A toy for generating word clouds
    • Kumu: A web-based tool for mapping relationships to create network and system maps

  • Tools for skill-building:
    • The Applied Improvisation Network: We can learn a lot from from improvisation. This group teaches skills that are critical for working with a network mindset (e.g., being comfortable of uncertainty, trusting your colleagues, and sharing control). They believe that holding tightly to one idea as the only way to succeed is not going to succeed — for example, if one actor pretends like he is in a spaceship, and another on the same stage pretends she’s on a horse, they won’t be able to work together; they must compromise. At some point, all they have on stage is each other.

  • Please feel free to add more tools (Wiki members only -- click here to learn how to join the NNF wiki)
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