Sunday, January 17, 2010

Expanding my governance horizons

I write this from the Denver airport, en route to a week of intensive, transformative learning and thinking about the contributions of our nonprofits.

I've long been inspired and challenged by the work of the Community-Driven Institute. I've enjoyed stretching my thinking as I've befriended CDI's co-founder, Hildy Gottlieb, on Facebook and Twitter over the last year.

The foundation of CDI's work matches closely everything I believe about the value of nonprofits and nonprofit governance. As Hildy and I chatted about my dissertation research, the intersections between their phenomenal work and mine were clear and numerous. When the opportunity arose to deepen my own learning in a face-to-face setting, I knew I had to go.

I am ready to connect what I do to a larger community of like-minded social change agents - and to build upon my knowledge under the expert guidance of CDI. That is how I find myself headed to Tucson today.

You'll be hearing more -- undoubtedly a lot more -- about what I am learning and how it is shaping my thinking in new ways. In the meantime, I'd like to share a couple of gifts from CDI:
  • A link to the Articles Library, which is a treasure trove of wisdom and practical "how to" advice on nonprofit governance issues.
  • A link to the CDI YouTube channel, which offers up several brief video clips of Hildy discussing several governance topics.
Looking forward to sharing what inspires me with you!

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