By Cyd Weissman Champagne and aspirin were the topics of a recent convening of leaders of networks in the Jewish community. We all work in vastly different settings. Yet, we share a common charge to increase connections among our constituents. To know how to foster connectivity in these uncharted times, we’ve met over the past three years to explore the question: How do we practice and invent the new art of strengthening Jewish community - … [Read more...] about Champagne and Aspirin For Strengthening Jewish Community
Questions for Seth Cohen How do you determine excellence? Charles Schusterman once said, “Trying to do something that has not been done before takes time, risk, energy and skill if you want it done well.” To me, that quote helps boil excellence down to its very essence. It is the manifestation of time, commitment, mastery and an understanding that to achieve excellence, one must have the intention to do so. It is also something that, by its … [Read more...] about Creating Cultures of Excellence
by Seth Cohen “When we change the way we communicate, we change society.” Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations Without question, we are living in an era of exponentially expanding connection and communication, the impact of which we are just beginning to understand. New technologies, coupled with an emerging sense of interconnectedness that is the result of the ability to share ideas and information … [Read more...] about The Power of Hypernetworks
Forming a Community of Practice to Advance Alumni Networks by Seth Cohen, Yaniv Rivlin, Dawne Bear Novicoff and Jon Marker Over the past several years, the Jewish community has seen a proliferation of effective and innovative strategies for engaging young adults in tailored and meaningful Jewish experiences. Yet, a critically important and often-overlooked component of this work is ensuring that participants in these experiences have … [Read more...] about Jewish Program Completed, Now What?
by Deborah Fishman Increasing buzz around networks and their power to influence people, draw out passion and excitement, and spread ideas has left numerous Jewish organizations wondering: What bearing do these concepts have for us? And if this is relevant - what should we do? In the recently concluded network-weaver training pilot HaReshet, I worked with Jewish organizations to explore exactly that. My experiences emphasized the unique … [Read more...] about When a Scarf Should Be a Scarf: Organizations and Network-Weaving