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October 2012
In This Issue

  • Through New Program, Women 
    in Ghana to Build Leadership to
    Strengthen
    Civil Society
  • A Four-Point Plan for 
    High-Impact Strategy 
  • Strengthening Community Health 
    through a Learning Community 
  • Code for Change: Tech Leadership
    for Public Service Challenges 
  • Tapping the Power of Narrative through Story Circles: RCLA Practice Note 
  • News and Events

Leadership as a Collective Achievement

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THROUGH NEW PROGRAM, WOMEN IN GHANA WILL BUILD LEADERSHIP TO STRENGTHEN CIVIL SOCIETY  
 

Women in Ghana will develop the leadership skills to address critical health and education needs and strengthen civil society through the new Ghana Wins! initiative, a collaboration between New York University, Fundación Mujeres Por África, the University of Ghana and Banco Santander.
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A FOUR-POINT PLAN FOR
HIGH-IMPACT STRATEGY

How can nonprofit executives create the organizational vision and leadership to develop and execute high-impact strategies? These pointers emerged from the inaugural session of the Executive Leadership Development Program, a collaboration between RCLA and Communities In Schools, the largest evidence-based dropout prevention organization in the country.
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STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY HEALTH THROUGH A LEARNING COMMUNITY: CASE STUDY

For over a decade, the Community Clinics Initiative has helped California health clinics become centers for health in underserved communities. In 2008, CCI launched the Networking for Community Health program to help clinics partner with schools, neighborhood associations and other community groups to share resources, connect with local residents, and empower the community to take action. A new case study from Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and RCLA explores the learning community at the heart of this effort.

GEO and RCLA will publish a guide that builds on this and five other cases to illustrate how grantmakers can support nonprofits in expanding their impact by developing and sharing knowledge in a community of peers. Coming soon: "Learn and Let Learn: Supporting Learning Communities for Innovation and Scale."
» Read the Case Study

» Read the Report Executive Summary

CODE FOR CHANGE: TECH LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC SERVICE CHALLENGES

Through the Code for Change competition currently underway talented software coders and developers are tackling more than 25 challenges from NYC government agencies and nonprofits to compete for $10,000 in cash prizes and $6,000 in shared workspace, and to improve services and programs for New Yorkers. Offered through a partnership between NYU Wagner, One Economy, the Blue Ridge Foundation and Code for America, the competition kicked off September 28 and participants will present their top solutions at a “demo day” before the judges at NYU Wagner on October 12.
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STUDENTS FOCUS ON MISSION AND VISION AT KICK-OFF TO WAGNER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY  

The Wagner Leadership Academy provides a space for representatives of graduate student groups to learn from each other, work through current management challenges, and apply cutting-edge leadership theory to their work. The WLA for 2012-13 kicked off with remarks from NYU Wagner Dean Ellen Schall, an introduction to collaborative leadership models, a framework for clarifying each group’s mission and vision, and a chance to scout out opportunities to collaborate as part of this year’s theme of “Connect. Communicate. Engage.”
» Learn more about the WLA 

TAPPING THE POWER OF NARRATIVE THROUGH STORY CIRCLES: RCLA PRACTICE NOTE  

Storytelling can be a powerful tool for bringing people together to build relationships, identify common threads or points of connection and generate insight from personal and professional experience. An RCLA Practice Note explains how to tap the potential of narrative for leadership development.
» Read the Practice Note  
 

 

NEWS AND EVENTS           

  • RCLA Faculty Director Sonia Ospina has been elected to be Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Professor Ospina is also joining the Regional Advisory Council for CLEAR in Latin America. CLEAR is a collaborative effort among donors and partner countries that aims to strengthen partner countries’ capacities and systems in monitoring and evaluation and performance management to support a focus on results and evidence-based decisions.
  • RCLA staff members and community partners will present "Cooperative Inquiry for Full, Equitable Partnerships: Democratizing Research, Building Transformative Leadership" at the Imagining America national conference "Linked Fates and Futures: Communities and Campuses as Equitable Partners," which focuses on links and partnerships between higher education and community-based organizations, New York, NY; October 5-7. Follow on Twitter: #ImagA12
  • RCLA faculty member Erica Gabrielle Foldy will present with Tamara Buckley on “Teaching to the Diverse Classroom on Topics of Diversity: Handling the Difficult Conversation” at CUNY's Graduate Center conference, Pedagogy Day 2012 - The Diversity of Psychology: Tools and Strategies for Teaching; October 12.
  • RCLA Visiting Scholar Sonja Schenkel will present a paper, "On-/Off-Screen: Creative Inquiry into Film Production: The Case of Women Educating Their Children on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” at the Conflict Studies: The New Generation of Ideas conference at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; October 19-20.
  • Rusty Stahl, RCLA visiting fellow in residence, spoke at a funder briefing co-hosted by Philanthropy New York and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy on ways foundations can increase their own effectiveness and impact, and the sustainability of the social sector, by supporting leadership and talent development in nonprofits and social movements. Rusty will present at a similar funder briefing in San Francisco; October 30.
  • RCLA doctoral student Diana Trujillo presented a paper co-authored with Professor Sonia Ospina, “Value Creation in Cross-sector Collaborations and the Nature of Public Value,” at the University of Minnesota Center for Integrative Leadership’s conference on Creating Public Value in a Multi-Sector, Shared-Power World.
  • RCLA Visiting Scholar Henk de Jong published an Op-Ed in Rotterdam on education reform in the city of Rotterdam, making an argument for the city to consider a more robust intervention strategy that considers the performance measurement and management strategies used by New York and Amsterdam. In addition, Henk will lead an organizational development audit team for the City of Utrecht in November.
  • Henk de Jong also co-taught a class with RCLA Senior Fellow Shifra Bronznick on “Reading the Environment and Assessing Your Organization” as part of Shifra's course on Strategic Leadership for Public Service Organizations. Henk presented a case study about transforming Amsterdam's red light district through a multi-agency task force's work to change public opinion, policing and zoning laws, and economic development strategies for the downtown area.

NEWS YOU CAN USE

  • Fund for Public Advocacy Announces Fellowships
    The Fund for Public Advocacy in NYC is offering fellowships for individuals committed to careers in government, who will spend a year working in the following key areas: Community Empowerment, Immigrant Services, Reconnecting Disconnected Youth, and Excellence in Public Education.  
    » Learn more
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