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News + Updates: Networks Theme

Understanding your organization’s network map

In order to build effective alliances, you need to have the right network. You (and your organization) need to be connected to the right mix of people and organizations including those critical individuals who can make things happen and extend your reach throughout your community. But how do you know if you’ve got the “right mix” in your network?

Visual representations of your network – network maps – can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your network so you can identify opportunities and relationships that you can leverage and build on. Network maps, like the one below, are especially valuable when assessing organization networks which typically consist of layers of individual networks. (more…)


Creative Alliances deadline just one month away

May 21 is the application deadline for the July 22-23 presentation of Creative Alliances in Detroit. This two-day working session is your opportunity to bring your team together to think more strategically about the alliances you seek and maintain. You and your team will gain practical tools that enable you to determine when and how to develop and maximize productive collaborations. By the end of this two-day working session your team will be able to:

  • Differentiate between different types of alliances
  • Identify possible partnerships within your organization’s existing network map
  • Analyze the benefits, costs and risks of strategic opportunities
  • Articulate why you would or would not choose to pursue various collaborations

All participating teams will attend Creative Alliances with a 2010 Organization Fellowship covering the full $1250 tuition. Additional travel support will be available to teams from outside the Detroit metropolitan area. Apply now »

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Northwestern, Stanford Professors to lead Creative Alliances Seminar

Two outstanding professors from Northwestern and Stanford will be teaching the National Arts Strategies’ Creative Alliances seminar in Detroit July 22-23.

Walter W. Powell is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology, Organizational Behavior, Management Science, and Communication at Stanford University. He has extensive experience in organization theory and has written dozens of papers on inter-organizational collaboration and the growing importance of networks and alliances in innovation. He is also the editor of The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook.

Jeannette Colyvas is Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Professor Colyvas’ research interests include organizations and entrepreneurship; institutions and networks; and comparing public, private, and nonprofit forms of organizing. Her published work has appeared in the journals of Management Science, Research in Organizational Behavior and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.

Throughout this two-day working session, Professors Powell and Colyvas will engage teams in case studies, class discussions and team exercises as they give participants the tools to strategically analyze and pursue alliances and collaborations. All participating teams will attend with a 2010 Organization Fellowship covering the full cost of tuition. Teams from outside the Detroit area will also receive travel support of up to $600 per person to help with the costs of travel and lodging.

The deadline to apply is May 21. Apply now »


Talk with an Expert: Leveraging Social Capital

Bring your team together March 2 to explore your questions about how to cohesively build and use your organization’s social capital in tough times. This online video Q&A session features Professor Walter W. Powell from Stanford University and is limited to 12 logins to allow you and your team to fully engage in the discussion about strategically building your networks to move your organization forward.

Learn more about Leveraging Social Capital »