I like conferences when I learn something new. Or get a new idea about how to apply and express something old. Or reinforce an angle or an approach. So here’s some stuff I liked a lot at the AFP International Conference in Boston, March 19 – 21…All in the Rebels, Renegades, and Pioneers Track.
Leadership by Marcia Coné [Making change easier]
- Seeing from 30,000 feet, then deploying on the ground. Leaders have both perspectives.
- Normative behavior is safe and secure. Change is: Turbulence (rocking the board). Inviting controversy. Forcing discomfort. Causing difficulty. Upsetting people. Causing a problem.
- Research says that change makers have these 5 qualities: Persistence. Biased to take action. Transparent. Optimistic. Adaptability.
- Visit Marcia’s website. Attend her workshops. Read her stuff. Great info. Great presenter.
Why business won’t change the world [Michael Edwards]
- Read Mike’s marvelous book, Small Change – Why Business Won’t Save the World.
- 3 sectors: Government. Business/for-profit. Nonprofit (also called civil society). They are different! And the differences matter. Today’s blurring of lines are rather troublesome.
- Business (the marketplace) satisfies wants and needs at a price.
- Civil society (the nonprofit or NGO sector) provides entitlements without price. The strength and impact of the nonprofit sector may actually be diminishing. See Mike on YouTube.
- Solidarity. Movement. Activism. Fighting for justice. Roger, Jennie, and Daryl have worked in social justice and movements for years and years. Oh the stories they told!
- All movements begin with a small group of people seeing something wrong. Grassroots organizing then morphs into organizations. And then the long march into the political arena. Citizens > Political > Mainstream
- Threats: Intimidation by government and special interests.
Gender equity…diversity…dominant and non-dominant groups [Laura Liswood]
- We need to have enough people involved to make change. Just one “different” person doesn’t work.
- The dominant group’s performance is improved by the non-dominant group. Heterogenous groups are great! To make change in any organization requires much more than diversity. Read Laura’s book The Loudest Duck.
- What do you think women leaders – of nations – are talking about? Check out Laura’s book.
- Check Laura’s presentations on YouTube.