Purvi Shah inspires changes as a consultant on gender, racial, and economic equity. As an anti-violence advocate, trainer, grassroots researcher, and facilitator committed to opening space for transformation, she delights in movement-making, strategic action for change, and furthering equity in community.
While serving as Executive Director of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a community-based anti-violence agency, she witnessed the profound impact of systems on immigrant survivors of violence. The disparity in access to justice for survivors led her to spearhead coalition-building towards local and national systems change on language access in the courts. This effort led to a new court rule on access to interpreters and a State workplan for language access. In 2008, she won the inaugural SONY South Asian Excellence Award for Social Service for her leadership fighting gender violence.
Deborah Elizabeth Finn
Deborah Elizabeth Finn works with mission-based organizations as a network weaver, capacity builder, technical assistance provider, and nonprofit technology strategist. She holds degrees from Bennington College and Harvard University.
Deborah is a dedicated student of best practices in equity, inclusion, and positive social change, as well as a passionate proponent of collaboration, peer learning, communities of practice, knowledge sharing, leadership development, and mentoring. She founded the Mission-Based Massachusetts community in 2005, and the TNB Roundtable in 2013.
Deborah Fishman works in communications and community-building as a writer and network-weaver. An entrepreneur and chef, Deborah is also the founder of FED (www.fedsocial.co), a platform for ideas built into an inclusive community.
She is a member of multiple networks that she seeks to weave together, including ROI Community, a global network of young Jewish innovators, for which she serves as one of the NYC Igniters; Hakhel, a network of intentional Jewish communities worldwide incubated by Hazon; and 248, a network of Jewish doers around the world incubated by the Jewish Agency for Israel. Deborah holds a M.A. in Jewish Professional Studies from the Spertus Institute, was a Fellow in Israel Education at the iCenter, and was named one of the “36 under 36” Jews making an impact in the NYC Jewish community by the Jewish Week. She is currently the Director of Communications for The AVI CHAI Foundation.
Karen Tronsgard-Scott is working toward a world in which all people thrive. Currently, she is focused on building solidarity with others who live to end violence across social spectrums with a focus on gender-based violence.
Ms. Tronsgard-Scott has worked in the field to end gender-based violence since 1995, first at an organization in Ohio, Tri-County Help Center, and since 2007 at the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence where she is the Executive Director.
Saida Agostini is a movement builder, activist and poet. The Chief Operating Officer for FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, she
supports FORCE in sustaining and expanding its organizational capacity to foster survivor led organizing. In her work, Saida has organized statewide advocacy initiatives promoting the rights of LGBTQ youth in foster care, education and juvenile justice, and directed art actions uplifting the visibility of Black girls, women and queer folks. A skilled facilitator, Saida has guided capacity building and needs assessment processes for local and state initiatives to address the needs of LGBTQ populations, people of color and youth. A published poet and writer, Saida’s work is featured in Origins, the Baltimore Sun, and other publications. Saida has received support for her poetry and resistance work from Move to End Violence, Cave Canem, the Leeway Foundation, and other institutions.
Ramelcy Uribe is a Black Dominicana from The South Bronx! She is a youth worker and consciousness-raising educator
. You can find her facilitating workshops, healing circles, and supporting curriculum writing at Brown Girl Recovery. Ramelcy is invested in creating and nurturing spaces where Girls and Women of Color can practice tenderness and vulnerability as radical acts of resistance, love, and healing. As a novice farmer, Ramelcy is currently working on (re)imagining and creating spaces where Black folks can heal & liberate themselves, their communities, and our relationships to land and food.
Danielle M. Varda, PhD
Danielle M. Varda, PhD is the CEO of Visible Network Labs
and an Associate Professor at the University of CO Denver in the School of Public Affairs. Dr. Varda directs VNL’s data science company that hosts the Aspen platform, including apps and web based tools to track the progress of network interventions and the largest database of cross-sector inter-organizational networks.
Lisa Watson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Openly, an impact strategy and research company committed to social good. Lisa is a social impact strategist with 20 years of experience designing, weaving and evaluating networks in the nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors. For 15 years, she held senior positions in the Ontario provincial government and United Way Toronto & York Region.
As a consultant and coach, her core areas of contribution include strategy, learning, leadership and organizational development. Lisa shares her passion for the power of networks as a faculty member with the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and through her work with organizations and networks across the country.
Sarah Ann Shanahan
Sarah Ann Shanahan has worked for the RE-AMP Network for ten years. She currently serves as the Network’s Community Manager where she facilitates the collaboration of members through connections, collective strategy setting, and capacity building.
Her primary skills are in facilitation and meeting planning but has also been leading the work to develop and use a social systems map for the RE-AMP Network. She’s an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute and co-developed a Systems Thinking Academy Curriculum for the Network drawing from the Institute, previous RE-AMP System Thinking Academies and Fasterthan20.
Bruce Hoppe, PhD, founder and president of Connective Associates, is an experienced consultant with a passion for customer service and translating data into bottom line impact. A creative problem solver for 20+ years, he has focused on helping organizations to optimize insight and impact in networks of leaders, customers, and stakeholders.
Dr. Hoppe’s consulting and coaching services include network mapping and analysis, network development, network evaluation, and network and communication ecosystems. Many of Dr. Hoppe’s most notable projects involve catalyzing collective awareness and action.
Yasmin Yonis is currently the program manager at Movement Netlab in New York where she supports a team of six facilitators in their training of six networks—5 networks working in the Chesapeake Bay region and a network of funders. She is also the coordinator of the Old Money New System Community of Practice where she works to support the CoP in disrupting and transforming philanthropy through network building, running the #DisruptPhilanthropyNow! Blog, and hosting the annual OMNS retreat for funders and organizers. Yasmin also supports networks in hiring, process, design, and facilitation so they can run smoothly and efficiently.
Pedro Portela was born and raised in Porto, Portugal where he studied mechanical engineering. After almost a decade in the aerospace sector working as COO and systems engineer, he quit his job and started a journey of personal transformation that initiated with a permaculture design course. He spent 4 years self-educating himself in complex systems science and network science. He’s an alumni of the Schumacher College (UK) Leadership and Facilitation Course (class of 2016)
He’s the Founder of the Hivemind Institute, a think tank and action research organisation in Portugal dedicated exclusively to prototype new models of local organisation, advocating for more systems literacy and proposing networked approaches to complex social problems. (more…)
Movement NetLab is a think, make, and do tank that supports social movements to transform power into a just, democratic, and liberatory world. We develop ideas, people, and infrastructure to facilitate a transition to networked self-organized systems.
- Initial Assessment: We will assess whether a mapping process will be useful for you and your network.
- Build a foundational map based on existing info: Sometimes all the information is in your head, or on your computer already and all you need to do is turn it into an image that is easier to analyze. We can help you do that.
- Design a survey: We can help your network or organization design a survey that will create data for a network map. In this scenario, your organization or network will administer the survey itself.
- Social Media Map: Visualizing social media campaigns, hashtag or handles.
Network Education, Development and Evaluation Services
- Is network leadership a skill set that you and your community hope to cultivate?
Whether you seek to develop new approaches to connecting people for a specific purpose or evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of an existing network, I can help you deepen knowledge and awareness and devise achievable strategies and action plans.
- Are you interested in better understanding or evaluating the connections between leaders or community members to leverage existing social capital?
- Would you like to identify practical ways for network participants to establish or improve relationships, share resources and communicate effectively to address an issue, act on an idea, or accelerate a change initiative?
- Are you considering utilizing a network strategy in your community building or grant making and evaluation process?
Froswa’ Booker-Drew, PhD is committed to building the capacity and impact of organizations and communities through the use of network weaving concepts. She has been quoted in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, Huffington Post and other media outlets, due to an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education. She is currently the Director of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas.
Formerly the National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, she served as a catalyst, partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners in multiple locations across the US to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families. She was a part of the documentary, Friendly Captivity, a film that follows a cast of 7 women from Dallas to India. She has provided keynote addresses and workshops to audiences in the US and Canada on topics such as Social Capital/Building Networks, Change Management, Asset Based Community Development, and Relational Leadership.
Social Impact Storyteller – Alchemist | Salesforce MVP | Believer in Love, Justice, and Equality
I am a social impact storyteller helping nonprofits use data to tell their stories of empowerment, compassion, inspiration, and change! An advocate committed to building the capacity of social impact organizations through strategic alignment, technology, and community engagement, I bring a diverse range of approaches to the work of organizations, helping to align mission and vision with resources and technology. I have spent the past 20 years heavily involved in social activism and community building, including co-founding two nonprofit organizations.
Sara Shapiro-Plevan is all about relationships. Her essential focus: understanding the way relationships influence our ability to improve our practice, understand our work, and engage effectively with others as we build sustainable networks, communities and workplaces. Sara consults primarily with Jewish educational organizations, schools, congregations, and foundations to develop a networked, collaborative culture and approach to their practice in a variety of domains, supporting their alignment with vision. She believes powerfully in our human capacity for dialogue and partnership, and in that vein, supporting a shift from hierarchical structures to relational, flatter, networked relationships. Sara is the founder of Rimonim Consulting and a doctoral candidate in the Davidson School at JTS, and her work and research aim to enable individuals, teams and communities to understand how they best work in relationship so that they might begin to shift their capacity to work in a productive, connected way to realize their–and their communities’–hopes and dreams.
Kiara Nagel is a creative strategist based in Los Angeles with 20 years of experience building creative and collaborative initiatives and supporting social groups, leaders, and organizations to become more engaged and effective. At the core of her diverse body of work is a dedication to ensuring those most affected are directly engaged in decision-making about how their places can be shaped, understood and represented and connect and collaborate with others to bring about change. Kiara has contributed to many local, national and international initiatives and events focused on social justice, culture, and transformational change and trained and supported organizers, educators, and young people to be more effective and creative in their work. Kiara is an Associate with the Center for Story-based Strategy and an Affiliate with Interaction Institute for Social Change and she holds a Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.
My work with networks comes out of my experiences as a classroom teacher and working inside large educational bureaucracies. I believe that the power of networks comes from the idea that we are all leaders and everyone is a peer.
With this in mind, I enjoy working collaboratively to find simple and meaningful solutions to complex problems. Most of work has been centered on network mapping and network training.
My network mapping experience includes developing surveys, using network mapping software, map generation and analysis, coordinating mapping projects, giving presentations on maps and metrics, and training others to do network mapping and analysis.
Tracy Kunkler, MSW, is a Principal and co-founder of Circle Forward http://www.circleforward.us/, a system of collaborative governance, providing frameworks and decision-making tools to leverage change in large-scale systems. It has been particularly effective in cross-sector networks, where the complexity of institutional partners makes decision-making more difficult. It is being used by networks at many different levels, from neighborhoods and municipalities, to food policy and large landscape conservation networks, to other community development and cross sector networks around the country. Circle Forward Partners, our team, brings the latest research and our own hard-won experience into your space to support you in designing your own collaborative governance system.
Deitre Epps is the CEO and Founder of RACE for Equity, LLC.
Deitre has worked for over twenty years to address the ill effects of poverty on low income communities. She provided direct services to Baltimore City’s children and their families for over a decade as an educator and program director for infants to 8th grade students and as a professor at Baltimore City Community College. She also taught early childhood education courses at Towson State University. She was previously the founding director of the Baltimore School Readiness Initiative, a city-wide effort which contributed to an increase in kindergarten readiness from 27% to 58% over four years using the Results-Based Accountability (RBA) framework.
Since publishing her book, Networks at Work and in the World in 2007, Patti has worked with a variety of nonprofits to help them establish baseline network connectivity assessment with Network Mapping services. She brings her 20+ years of experience in knowledge management to consult with clients on how best to enhance collaboration through the best use of enterprise social networks. An accomplished writer, speaker, and workshop leader, Patti offers customized NetWorkShops to organizations and groups who want to expand their knowledge of how networks work and how they can use the language of networks to enhance their effectiveness.
I have over 20 years of experience evaluating leadership programs and leadership networks in the nonprofit sector. My consulting practice supports foundations and nonprofit organizations to effectively invest in collective leadership development, strengthen their networks, and achieve greater impact. I was a founding member of the Leadership Learning Community (LLC) and served as LLC’s Director of Research and Evaluation from 2005-2013. In my role with LLC, I co-wrote several publications on network leadership development, including Leadership and Networks: New Ways of Developing Leadership in a Highly Connected World (2013). I provide network consulting services in the following four areas: (1) network evaluation, (2) network leadership development and coaching, (3) network research, and (4) networks and communications ecosystems.
I’ve played many roles in change efforts over the decades, and have discovered that I’m happiest when acting as a Network Guardian, supporting others with the skills & tools they need to be as effective as possible.
To that end, I’ve applied my background in data-gathering/ evaluation/visualization, combined with my Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, to my ongoing drive to discover and develop tools that can help others turn their social change visions into realities.
Curtis Ogden is a Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC). Much of his work entails consulting with multi-stakeholder networks to strengthen and transform food, education, public health, and economic systems at local, state, regional, and national levels. He has worked with networks to launch and evolve through various stages of development.
Some of his current and past clients include: Food Solutions New England, Vermont Farm to Plate Network, InFACT at Ohio State, Partnership for the Future of Learning, New Technology Network, Next Generation Learning Challenges, Cancer Free Economy Network, Collaborative Action Newark, Community Practitioners Network (New Hampshire), and CareerSTAT/National Fund for Workforce Solutions.
William P. Moore, Ph. D.
Bill has spent his entire career working in our most challenged communities – both urban and rural – and with vulnerable populations to find solutions to our most pressing social, education, and health concerns. Bill is a Senior Fellow at the Midwest Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Principal at The Strategy Group.
The Group provides advisory and consultation services to foundations, nonprofits, schools and communities in areas of organizational learning, network development and community engagement, community capacity building, rural health and social justice issues. Bill recently retired from the REACH Healthcare Foundation after serving as the Vice President of Program and Evaluation where he guided the overall design, implementation and evaluation of the Foundation’s grant- and change-making strategies.
Beth Tener is a facilitator, trainer, and strategy coach who works with collaborative network initiatives that address complex challenges, such as transitioning to a clean energy economy and revitalizing communities. Based in New England, she helps organizations working on similar issues find their shared purpose, align their work, and work in networked ways so they can achieve greater impact. Her work weaves together strategic planning, facilitation with high levels of interaction and participation, network thinking, and leadership skills. She’s published over 50 blogs on topics of collaborative leadership, systems change, and networked ways of working. (more…)
I grew up in the tallgrass prairies of Illinois, USA, where the lanky sandhill cranes pause on their way to and from Mexico. Retracing one of my family’s roots, I’ve recently moved south to Mexico City to do what I do as a mixed heritage person: build bridges.
One facet of my work as building bridges between extractive capitalism/colonialism and a society that repairs and regenerates from these traumas. The other part of my work is building bridges that support movement networks on the path toward a more just society.
Abby Yanow is a Facilitator and Leadership coach. She has created and facilitated many peer learning networks for the purpose of knowledge-sharing, problem solving and collaboration. Her colleagues consider her the go-to person for creating communities of practice. Abby also coaches facilitators on network and meeting design.
Since 2001, Abby has served as President of the Boston Facilitators Roundtable. In the BFR she has developed a thriving community of facilitators and consultants who generously share their knowledge and expertise. Under her leadership, the BFR was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Regional Organizational Development Network award. She also co-facilitated a learning network of leadership coaches for the Alliance for Non-Profit Management, and a community of practice of executive directors for the Mass. Service Alliance.
Debbie Gowensmith, M.S., is vice-president of Groundswell Services, Inc., dedicated to strengthening equity-building movements. She provides consultation in evaluation and community-based research, specializing in network facilitation and evaluation.
Debbie has found networking to be a key component in developing innovative, powerful ideas that catalyze social change. Her experience includes six years directing an organization that empowered Hawaiian communities to reclaim stewardship of the places where they live, work and play. Through networking, dozens of isolated Hawaiian communities more quickly and effectively created dynamic community-driven resource management projects that are changing conservation in Hawai‘i.
Derrick Rhayn is the Chief Catalyst at Networks for Change, a Seattle consulting firm specializing in building the capacity of social change networks and nonprofit organizations through consulting, training, and coaching. As a ‘network weaver,’ Derrick focuses on facilitating increased connectivity within networks and nonprofits as a way of unleashing their potential, mobilizing their hidden assets, and generating innovative solutions with an orientation towards systems change. (more…)
Janne K. Flisrand
My own work makes cities great places for the people who live there. I work so everyone has a secure home, for streets that put people first, and to stop climate change. I’m trained as an applied urban anthropologist, a field focused on understanding and amplifying other people’s voices. Since 2004, I’ve designed and led networks that lift up member’s power.
I mix and match resources to make positive change. With Minnesota Green Communities, a state-wide green affordable housing initiative, I plotted our path towards a green rehab standard. My task force process addressed the concerns of funders, engineers, and energy professionals. Together, they crafted an affordable, healthy, buildable set of expectations. We’ll scale up your network’s impact, whether you need big-picture thinking to get a jumpstart, or small design details to make the most of every interaction.
My consulting practice focuses on strengthening the capacity of individuals, networks and communities to address such complex challenges as access to healthy food, equitable youth and family outcomes, health and economic disparities and the fragmentation of out of school time enrichment opportunities for students. I have ongoing relationships with an exceptional cadre of consultants and assemble teams to get the best results for my clients.
My areas of network expertise include: coaching, training, facilitating peer-learning models, designing effective and fun engagement strategies, and helping others get excited about using data to mobilize, plan and take collective action.
June has been weaving economic and community networks for more than 35 years. In 1981 she discovered complexity science and became intrigued with the process of transformation. How could communities change in ways that would make them good places for everyone?
With others in Appalachian Ohio, she catalyzed cascades of experimentation, observing and documenting the dynamics that enabled many hundreds of people to start and then expand businesses. With these entrepreneurs, she mobilized dozens of area organizations to collaborate, self-organize and create an environment that would help these businesses innovate and work together. (more…)