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  2. More and more people are embracing the need for concepts like resilience, emergence, collective intelligence and self-organization – living systems concepts, all of them. Indeed, there is increasing recognition that only with living systems approaches – with their holistic lens and the sense of stewardship they invite – can we meet society’s most urgent challenges. And only with ecological thinking – with its inherent inclusivity and its focus on learning and feedback – can we cultivate a healthy society in harmony with nature.

    But what does all that mean for YOU? What are the implications for your project or organization? What changes when you see your organization as a living system? How does your role shift? Does this perspective influence the very purpose of your project?

    In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll discuss the core characteristics or conditions that are common to all living systems, including organizations. Then, through case studies and conversation, we’ll explore the important shifts that happen when we see our organizations through this lens.

    You will leave this webinar with:

    A clearer understanding of how your project or organization exhibits the characteristics of living systems;
    Stories of leadership that is intentionally aligned with life;
    Examples of actions you can take to steward the life in your project or organization;
    Hope for the future of humanity!

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  3. It’s clear that we’re moving away from a purely mechanistic view of the organization, instead embracing a more organic understanding. But it’s less clear what that new perspective means for organizational design. What structures and systems make the most sense? What roles and responsibilities are most aligned with life? What patterns of relationship should be cultivated, internally and externally?

    In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll touch on the core characteristics common to all living systems, including organizations. Then we’ll dig a little deeper to see how they show up specifically in an organizational context – and to see what it means for you as you design and manage your project. To get there, Michelle Holliday will describe the framework she uses to accompany clients, sharing stories of how it has guided their actions and what outcomes resulted.

    You will leave this webinar with:

    A clearer understanding of the living nature of your project or organization;
    Examples of organizational design that is explicitly aligned with life;
    A straightforward guiding framework that you can use to shape your project or organization, now and into the future;
    A heavy dose of inspiration!

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  4. In this offering, we’ll learn how by viewing systems as “alive”, a reverence in developed which grows a deeper sense of stewardship, responsibility and care.

    When we recognize our organizations as living systems, exciting new possibilities come into view – new strategies, new tactics, new goals. But beyond this surface level of usefulness, there are profound implications to this view of the living organization.

    “There’s a certain amount of reverence that comes when you see something – really see it – as alive. When you recognize that it has a life of its own. That it exists for its own ends. That it has potential that can’t fully be known and that may or may not be completely realized, depending on countless influences and interactions. There’s mystery and magic in something that’s alive….

    With reverence, then, comes an invitation to care. We are wired with compassion for living things, with a sense of kinship and responsibility – even the most hardened among us.

    And when reverence and responsibility are ignited together within us, the result is a personal call to stewardship. – from The Age of Thrivability: Perspectives and Practices for a Thriving World

    In this 90-minute webinar, we will explore the concept of stewardship, using stories and conversation to examine what it means to live and work from that stance.

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  5. Social entrepreneurs often develop strategic plans, but typically leave the business model out. This session will outline what a business model is, how it fits into a strategic planning process and why building a strong business model is vital to building a higher impact, sustainable nonprofit.

    The module is intended for individual who are seeking to better understand the frameworks and approaches to helping nonprofits and social innovation organizations become more performance-based and outcomes-driven.

    You will learn how to develop three core components:

    a compelling theory of change
    sustainable business model
    strong performance metrics

    Homework/Fieldwork includes:

    Draft your Theory of Change framework
    First iteration of your Business Model–Revenue Mix + Business Model Canvas
    Think about your outcomes and metrics from the beginning of your venture

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