This week the Management Assistance Group’s (MAG), Network Leadership Innovation Lab released Toward ‘Complex Adaptive Philanthropy’ an article on their preliminary findings on movement networks. The Network Leadership Innovation Lab, developed by MAG with a design team of seven executive directors from leading social change organizations, and guided by “Program Catalyst, Elissa Perry,”:
“…deepens our understanding of leadership in movement networks. It is a program of dialogue, analysis, and active learning that convenes social justice leaders and taps key thinkers, practitioners and funders to stimulate innovative thinking and identify ways to support leaders who operate at the intersection of organizations and networks and then shares that work with the social change field through dialogues, publications and articles.”
The Lab has produced key case studies on Rockwood LIO alums and STP colleagues, Sarita Gupta of National Jobs with Justice, Gustavo Torres of CASA de Maryland, and current LIO fellow, Eveline Shen of Forward Together.
Their latest publication, Toward ‘Complex Adaptive Philanthropy’:
“…provides a briefing for grantmakers on movement networks and the complex environments within which many grantees work. It also explores valuable implications for grantmakers working to fund movements and movement networks, such as allowing for experimentation and risk, developing institutional capacity to manage complexity, and encouraging holistic, interdisciplinary approaches, among many other ideas.”
Though geared towards grantmakers, this article is an invaluable tool for social change agents, as it offers insights and winning strategies for stronger and more collaborative social change movements.
We’ll be following the MAG’s exciting series of articles, blogs, and case studies from the Lab, so be sure to check-in on our blog regularly. In the meantime, download a copy of Toward ‘Complex Adaptive Philanthropy’.