NETWORKS OF CHANGE
Uniting for a shared journey. It includes building knowledge, consensus on ideas and goals, and charting the way forward. It is not just what a single person can make a collective do. It is the feeling of oneness in purpose and process. It is sharing, thoughtfulness, capacity and the will to make a difference.
- Shivani Mathur, India
OLI BARRETT - JUST DO IT!
Social entrepreneur Oli Barrett speaks to us about his experience of networking,
and how important it will be in your own projects.
OLI’S TOP TIPS
Think about personalising your approach, not just about them but about you. Why do you connect with them and what have you noticed about their life that will draw them towards your email and go, “You get me. You get what I’m doing. We’re on a similar journey.” This is the first really important thing.
Second tip. Think about your timing. Also, think about why in this hugely busy person’s life, today is the day.Why are you sending that email today? If that means having a list of people you want to connect with and picking your moment, that’s fine. Think really carefully about the timing.
2. Realistic End Goal
Think about what a realistic end is for you. You might not actually have that half an hour coffee with President Clinton this month, but he might introduce you to someone in his team, who might be interested in answering a few questions over email. If you know they’re going to a similar event to you, they might consider meeting for a short meeting. Offer to go and see them. Keep your initial request quite brief. Most of all, express a passion for what you do and for what they do.
OLI’S PRE-CAMBRIDGE CHALLENGE!
Write to one person you’re fairly sure will not write back, and ask them if they’ll meet you face to face.
Write your answers in your learning space – make contact with THAT PERSON and see what you have accomplished by June!
What are three things you really want to achieve in the next five years?
1. Have 2 masters degrees. One in Project Management in Construct and Manufacturing/MBA, the second one in Politics/African Studies. They however must be two.
2. I would like to have establish an innovative, corporate company with a standing office employing over 30 people.
3. The EM Love Foundation must have a standing office with 10 employees minimum and helping over 50 people monthly inits initiatives.
If you could meet face to face any three people, who would they be?
1. Chimamanda Adichie
2. Dambisa Moyo / Melinda Gates / Bogolo Kenewendo / TD Jakes / Sarah Robert Jakes (any of these can fall at number 2)
3. Dougie Truter / Sven Thieme / Ally Angula
Write to one person that you’re fairly sure will not write back to you and ask them if they’ll meet you face to face or have a phone conversation with you. Aim high!
I contacted Mr Dougie Truter.
MAKING YOUR NET WORK
LAUREN CURRIE - MAKING YOUR NET WORK
“The key to getting a reputation for being brilliant, is actually being
brilliant and not just saying you are” – Seth Godin
HOW TO BUILD A TRIBE
An example of how you build a tribe.
THE GLOBAL SERVICE JAM
The Global Service Jam was started by my friends Adam Lawrence and Markus Edgar in Germany who had the idea of spending a whole weekend, or 48 hours, using service design to change the world. What would happen if teams of people all over the world could do that at the same time? A few years ago the first jam happened and over night the idea took the Internet by storm. Last year the jam happened in over 100 cities with thousands of participants. This is because Adam and Markus opened the process up and they used free tools to share their vision for what would happen if the whole world jammed at the same time. Worth looking into!
doers not talkers
An example of how people do things.
Sean Wes is a stellar example of how to make your net work. He has a podcast and he has designed a learning programme where you can learn his calligraphy style. He also now runs a podcast on how to build a multi-million dollar business. Sean talks a lot about how you become known for a certain thing, how you build identities around subjects and topics and how you become the linchpin of a community.
It’s time for you to: build a tribe, show up, make eye contact, smile, make daily connections, help someone who needs your help, be a mentor, be a mentee and build your net work.
Image derived from QYL course 4 work
BRIEF NO. 1
Your first brief is about making daily connections.
There are no excuses. We are surrounded by free tools to do this and we carry a mini computer in our pockets. Make daily connections between people, projects and information.
BRIEF NO. 2
Now say thank you to the people who inspire you.
Say thank you to the people who have helped you and show your gratitude. This doesn’t happen often enough. Think about who your cheerleaders are. Who are the people in the background who are cheering you on and opening doors for you?
Make sure they feel appreciated!
THE ART OF
PETE MOSLEY - THE ART OF SHOUTING QUIETLY
When we think about building networks for change,
we need to consider where to best to grow our networks.
- PETE MOSLEY
The following is taken from pages 80–85 of Pete’s book, The Art of Shouting Quietly.
To be truly confident, you need to engage with this question on both very practical and deeply metaphorical levels. In my life I have rubbed
shoulders with people who have never been to the seaside. I have also rubbed shoulders with people who have crossed every ocean. It’s
not my business to compare one with the other in a critical way but I must ask the question:
“Are your boundaries there through choice or habit or circumstance or... what?”
PETE’S CHALLENGE 1
create a personal plan of action
Action to be taken
Establish a fully functional foundation with both local and international donor
The Foundation as it stands is not spreading it's wings and there is a lack of order. Additionally, this does not create much confidence in donors. In addition to that the team paper work and content is not created.
How will I do this?
Create departments and establish leaders
I have been managing as opposed to leading. This means that I have had to do a vast majority of the work and there is a lack of accountability. In order for there to be a forward movement int he foundation. I need to set up department with team leaders.
Who will help me?
Queenteline and Lineekela
The two have shown great promise in assisting me lead.
31 June 2018
PETE’S CHALLENGE 2
WHEEL OF SELF-PROMOTION EXERCISE
You can do this on your own, or pair up with a friend that you trust.
1. Make a copy of the Wheel, or use the full-sized version at Appendix 2.
2. Go round the wheel, scoring yourself for each segment instinctively on a scale of 1–10 where 10 = “I do this well” and 1 = “I do this less well”.
3. What is your current score in each area?
4. Go round again, identifying areas you’d like to work on – probably the areas where you scored lowest.
• Which areas would you most like to develop?
• How might you do that?
• What help or support might you need to move forwards?
things for my
I need to make a conscious effort t keep in touch with people. I can take time out once a week to text those I hold dear and make an
effort to text 1 random
person a week.
I have to run workshops in the foundation. Aim to run 4 year. This will help with the volunteers and directors.
I need to develop patience and understand that not all people think and work at the same pace. This too accounts for me developing my leadership skills
I can expand my outreach and activism around this skill. At present there is a lack of platforms which is a result of my in-activism and spreading the word.
I need to better manage my social media to speak to the public image I want - one that speaks to my dreams and ambitions.
Instead of having many ideas in my head I can use my social platforms to communicate these. i should better manage my blog and have it sync to my social accounts.
Having had a look at Currie Lauren's story I am inspired t write about mine. There are specific landmarks that mark my journey that I have not journaled or properly written down.
I recently decided to ensure that I create more content for my blog and create a generic content flow. I will ensure that I keep this up weekly atleast.