collaborate for

transformation,

possibility,

change,

resilience,

impact.

Converge for

impact.

Networks offer a new way of working to navigate our complex world.

Welcome
This website offers open-source information and tools for anyone seeking to cultivate or revitalize their impact network.

Our History
Converge was a network of independent consultants committed to advancing a network approach to collaboration around the world.

From 2013-2023, Converge members collaborated to cultivate impact networks, support network leaders, and develop open-source tradecraft that helps purpose-driven leaders and groups strengthen connections, enhance cross-disciplinary learning, and spark collaborative action on behalf of a shared purpose.

The creative inspiration that catalyzed many contributions to the field is now reaching out in new directions. By choosing to sunset our network, we’re celebrating the fruits of our long collaboration and casting seeds to serve the next wave of network practice. 

We hope the information and tools provided here will support your network journey.

Networks offer a new way of working to navigate our complex world.


Welcome

This website offers open-source information and tools for anyone seeking to cultivate or revitalize their impact network.

Our History
Converge was a network of independent consultants committed to advancing a network approach to collaboration around the world.

From 2013-2023, Converge members collaborated to cultivate impact networks, support network leaders, and develop open-source tradecraft that helps purpose-driven leaders and groups strengthen connections, enhance cross-disciplinary learning, and spark collaborative action on behalf of a shared purpose.

The creative inspiration that catalyzed many contributions to the field is now reaching out in new directions. By choosing to sunset our network, we’re celebrating the fruits of our long collaboration and casting seeds to serve the next wave of network practice. 

We hope the information and tools provided here will support your network journey.

We cultivate
impact networks
and support
network leaders.

As your partner, Converge brings rigor and care as we intentionally develop a foundation of trust for our work together. In addition to leveraging trust for impact, we specialize in the following service areas.

Curious about how we could work together? Let's connect.

CATALYZING
NEW NETWORKS

Bringing people together for the first time to explore the purpose and potential of a network and to set the stage for ongoing learning and action.

DESIGN & FACILITATION

Leading transformative online or in-person convenings that bring individuals and organizations together to connect, learn, and advance shared goals.

TRAINING AND COACHING

Working side-by-side with network leaders, weavers, coordinators, and funders to deeply understand your network, evaluate opportunities for evolution, and clarify the way forward, together. Click here to see our training offerings.

CULTIVATING
EXISTING NETWORKS

Clarifying shared purpose and principles, building relationships of trust, coordinating activities, seeding new collaborations, and developing the necessary structures to sustain the network for years to come.

SEARCH & HIRE

Designing and leading the 
process to find and onboard new network leaders.

NETWORK EVALUATION

Incorporating quantitative and qualitative research methods to assess network health, operations, and outcomes and feeding this information back into the network to support connectivity, collaboration, and impact.

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Network Toolkit

The Network Toolkit is a collection of open-source resources co-created by members of the Converge Network. We encourage you to explore, use, and broadly share these tools in service of advancing a network approach to collaboration.

Network Co-Creators

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David Ehrlichman

David Ehrlichman

CONTACT

About

David is author of Impact Networks and was a cofounder of Converge, serving as network coordinator from 2013-2021. He is currently cofounder of Hats Protocol, working to create a backbone for decentralized work. See davidehrlichman.com for a collection of his projects, writings, and podcasts.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

David Ehrlichman

10 Years in Converge
postion at converge

David is author of Impact Networks and was a cofounder of Converge, serving as network coordinator from 2013-2021. He is currently cofounder of Hats Protocol, working to create a backbone for decentralized work. See davidehrlichman.com for a collection of his projects, writings, and podcasts.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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David Sawyer

David Sawyer

CONTACT

About

David Sawyer (aka "Sawyer") played key roles in a variety of fields: education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and environmental stewardship. He specialized in networks, strategy, design, and systems thinking. Before cofounding Converge, he helped launch the Americorps program, received The Servant Leader Award from the National Youth Leadership Council, and served as the first Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Portland. He was also a strategy consultant with Monitor Institute and has worked with countless mission-centered organizations and businesses, both small and large, to address complex social and environmental challenges. He lived in Portland, Oregon.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

David Sawyer

Converge Catalyst
postion at converge

David Sawyer (aka "Sawyer") played key roles in a variety of fields: education reform, national service, social entrepreneurship, venture philanthropy and environmental stewardship. He specialized in networks, strategy, design, and systems thinking. Before cofounding Converge, he helped launch the Americorps program, received The Servant Leader Award from the National Youth Leadership Council, and served as the first Executive Director of Social Venture Partners Portland. He was also a strategy consultant with Monitor Institute and has worked with countless mission-centered organizations and businesses, both small and large, to address complex social and environmental challenges. He lived in Portland, Oregon.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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Matthew Spence

Matthew Spence

CONTACT

About

With over two decades of experience, Matthew Spence is a seasoned professional in designing, leading, and advising collaborative initiatives across diverse sectors, including large landscape conservation, early childhood development, and sustainable technology supply chain management. As a skilled communications consultant and trainer, Matthew brings exceptional clarity to every stage of an engagement, from initial sensemaking to design, execution, and comprehensive documentation. His expertise ensures that analysis, understanding, agreements, and outcomes are effectively captured and communicated throughout the project lifecycle, fostering successful and impactful collaborations.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

Matthew Spence

10 Years in Converge
postion at converge

With over two decades of experience, Matthew Spence is a seasoned professional in designing, leading, and advising collaborative initiatives across diverse sectors, including large landscape conservation, early childhood development, and sustainable technology supply chain management. As a skilled communications consultant and trainer, Matthew brings exceptional clarity to every stage of an engagement, from initial sensemaking to design, execution, and comprehensive documentation. His expertise ensures that analysis, understanding, agreements, and outcomes are effectively captured and communicated throughout the project lifecycle, fostering successful and impactful collaborations.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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Nick Viele

Nick Viele

CONTACT

About

I specialize in designing and facilitating conversations that move things forward. In my 17 years of experience as a facilitator, I've led more than 1,500 meetings for leaders navigating various organizational or network challenges. My facilitation style is rooted in deep listening, strategic guidance, and adaptive design. I regularly engage with network participants, board members, leadership teams, and community members of initiatives dedicated to social and environmental impact. While in the Converge Network, I had the opportunity to design and refine core Converge tradecraft, catalyze new networks, amplify existing networks, and hone the unique style of facilitation required for collaboration across entities.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

Nick Viele

10 Years in Converge
postion at converge

I specialize in designing and facilitating conversations that move things forward. In my 17 years of experience as a facilitator, I've led more than 1,500 meetings for leaders navigating various organizational or network challenges. My facilitation style is rooted in deep listening, strategic guidance, and adaptive design. I regularly engage with network participants, board members, leadership teams, and community members of initiatives dedicated to social and environmental impact. While in the Converge Network, I had the opportunity to design and refine core Converge tradecraft, catalyze new networks, amplify existing networks, and hone the unique style of facilitation required for collaboration across entities.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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Zach Anderson

Zach Anderson

CONTACT

About

Zach works at the intersection of business, sustainability, and human potential. His diverse work experience includes leading executive team retreats in Europe and China, advancing renewable energy development in Guatemala, and teaching public school in rural Japan. In his work with Converge he has had the privilege to help develop networks addressing landscape conservation, migrant justice, and income inequality. He is an optimist despite the evidence, a mediocre athlete, and a devoted husband and father.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

Zach Anderson

10 Years in Converge
postion at converge

Zach works at the intersection of business, sustainability, and human potential. His diverse work experience includes leading executive team retreats in Europe and China, advancing renewable energy development in Guatemala, and teaching public school in rural Japan. In his work with Converge he has had the privilege to help develop networks addressing landscape conservation, migrant justice, and income inequality. He is an optimist despite the evidence, a mediocre athlete, and a devoted husband and father.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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Amelia Pape

Amelia Pape

CONTACT

About

A systems-oriented mind and purpose-driven heart led me to a career focused on cross-sector collaboration for positive impact. As a network strategist, facilitator, and writer, I combine a relational style with strategic acumen and a dose of imagination to help collaborative efforts thrive. During my tenure in the Converge Network, I served as coordinator, designed and refined open-source tradecraft, and supported dozens of networks and collaboratives working on complex change initiatives around the world. Before planting a stake in the consulting field, I was a social entrepreneur and drove a grocery-store-on-wheels. Learn more about me and my work at networkapproach.net.

Converge Project
Description of Contribution
Converge Projects

Amelia Pape

5 Years in Converge
postion at converge

A systems-oriented mind and purpose-driven heart led me to a career focused on cross-sector collaboration for positive impact. As a network strategist, facilitator, and writer, I combine a relational style with strategic acumen and a dose of imagination to help collaborative efforts thrive. During my tenure in the Converge Network, I served as coordinator, designed and refined open-source tradecraft, and supported dozens of networks and collaboratives working on complex change initiatives around the world. Before planting a stake in the consulting field, I was a social entrepreneur and drove a grocery-store-on-wheels. Learn more about me and my work at networkapproach.net.

In Memoriam
Community Builder
Network Catalyst
Beloved Friend
July 28, 1951 - November 25, 2022
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PROJECTS
LEARN ABOUT SAWYER
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CONVERGE Perspectives

We work

differently,

and we

work together.

Converge is a network of practitioners who cultivate collaborative networks. 


Converge is a network of

practitioners who cultivate

collaborative networks.

We are systems strategists, designers, facilitators, educators, and evaluators committed to co-creating positive impact by advancing the network approach to collaboration.

As a network ourselves, we weave a variety of perspectives, skills, and experience into a suite of services that none of us could offer alone. Our practice evolves as we learn together—with each other and with the networks we support.

To learn more about our purpose, principles, values, and agreements, read our network charter.

charter

Converge is a network of

practitioners who cultivate

impact networks.

We are systems strategists, designers, facilitators, educators, and evaluators committed to co-creating positive impact by advancing the network approach to collaboration.

As a network ourselves, we weave a variety of perspectives, skills, and experience into a suite of services that none of us could offer alone. Our practice evolves as we learn together—with each other and with the networks we support.

To learn more about our purpose, principles, values, and agreements, read our network charter.

charter

We work

differently,

and we

work together.

Converge is a network of practitioners who cultivate impact networks. 


Converge is a network of

practitioners who cultivate

collaborative networks.

We are systems strategists, designers, facilitators, educators, and evaluators committed to co-creating positive impact by advancing the network approach to collaboration.

As a network ourselves, we weave a variety of perspectives, skills, and experience into a suite of services that none of us could offer alone. Our practice evolves as we learn together—with each other and with the networks we support.

To learn more about our purpose, principles, values, and agreements, read our network charter.

charter

Client Experiences

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Impact Networks Documentary Film

Producer

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The ImPact

We partnered to support this traditional member association to adopt network principles and practices to amplify impact through collaboration. Key contributions include convening design, facilitating the Network Leadership Series for the team, and ongoing advising for collaborative initiatives and member engagement. Supporting Partner with Gabriel Grant.

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Partners Network

This brief project focused on building an internal network of networks among country offices of global civil society organizations dedicated to peace building. We supported definition of the network's value proposition and engagement strategy aiming to amplify internal learning and regional collaboration among partners in Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe and the US. Co-lead with Matthew Spence.

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Washington State Early Learning Coordination Plan (ELCP)

A first of its kind statewide network launched by a government agency, we supported a coordination team to cultivate a diverse network of leaders to coordinate implementation of Washington's Early Learning Plan. Partner with Amelia Pape, Kelly Jarvis, and Yingzhao Liu.

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Undergradute Field Experiences Research Network (U-FERN)

We designed and facilitated a network development working group to refine network strategy, engagement, funding and governance. The project led to development of a network charter that clarified network focus areas, leadership, and coordination roles within the network. Supporting consultant with Nick Viele.

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Small Foundation

Emergent outcomes of this extensive 4+ year partnership include the Network Leadership Series, Network Evaluation Toolkit, Converge's documentary, collaborative learning sessions, 10 published articles, a podcast, convening a practitioner network, and advising 10+ networks in the foundation's partner portfolio. Partner & Project Manager with Zach Anderson, Nick Viele, Elsa Henderson, and Kelly Jarvis.

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SAFIN

Partnered with the Steering Committee to develop network priorities focused on knowledge sharing, dialogue, innovation, and network development. Advised on convening design, funding strategy, network structure and leadership transition.

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Puerto Rico Impact Investment Network

From concept to launch through year one, we partnered each step of the way to catalyze a diverse network of investors, business leaders, philanthropies, and community organizations devoted to creating a sustainable, resilient and life affirming economy for all of Puerto Rico. Support included network cultivation, convening design and facilitation, and interim network coordination. Lead Partner with collaboration from Gibran Rivera, Yingzhao Liu, and Zach Anderson.

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Network Leadership Series (NLS)

As lead designer and project manager, I stewarded the training development process moving from initial concept to deliverable program with curriculum, learning objectives, visual identity, marketing, and evaluation. NLS was originally piloted as six modules and has been adapted to a core learning journey with three additional workshops. Content development partners: Nick Viele, Zach Anderson, and Kelly Jarvis with support from all of Converge.

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International Trade Centre’s Alliances for Action

This multi-faceted project introduced network concepts and co-created a theory of change for the program's network of networks approach to addressing the Sustainable Development Goals through trade. Our advising included organizational design for a coordination hub, launching a Coffee Network, supporting an internal learning network, and designing assessment tools to support evaluation of the network approach. Co-lead with Amelia Pape.

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Google Vitality Lab

We partnered to advise network cultivation, convening design, strategic direction, member engagement, and cross-lab collaboration. Together we navigated two leadership transitions and successfully held conversations that moved from good ideas to architecting collaborative action. Supporting Partner with Gabriel Grant.

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Collaborative for Frontier Finance & Early Stage Capital Providers Network

This multi-year network cultivation process spanned design and facilitation of two network convenings, development of organizational and network theory of change, and team support for strategic direction, governance, and coordination. Lead partner with Elsa Henderson and later Jeanine Becker.

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Center for Dialogue and Resolution

We supported network formation, cultivation, and launch convening for this community-based network focused on engaging people and aligning programs to move beyond hate and bias crimes to community safety. Initial lead Partner with Paula Manley and Jeanine Becker.

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The International Brain Initiative

Co-designed and facilitated a strategy retreat for the IBI's leadership committee; wrote the final strategy report.

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Washington State Early Learning Coordination Plan (ELCP)

Co-led a cultivation process for state leaders working to catalyze a network of networks focused on early childhood education; co-designed and facilitated a series of network strategy workshops, developed written documents, and administered a social network analysis.

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The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

Co-designed a series of convenings, synthesized discussions, and drafted a report on the evolution of broader impacts in science.

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Society Civic Science Initiative

Co-designed and facilitated a convening of this network of networks that connects diverse scientific societies for joint learning and action.

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Orchid Health Collective

Co-designed and facilitated a series of network strategy retreats for leaders working to provide accessible, locally-informed, high-quality health services to rural communities in Oregon.

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Small Foundation

Provided advisory support to select Small Foundation partners and initiatives including supporting Advancing Women in Investing to develop their theory of change, and supporting network leaders to administer a social network analysis.

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SciComm Trainers Network

Supported the network formation process, synthesized participant input to develop the network's first charter, provided design and facilitation support at two convenings, and developed multiple written convening summaries.

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Justice in Motion's Defender Network

Advisor and design partner to the network coordinator; co-designed a series of virtual and in-person network convenings for an international network of human rights lawyers and advocates working to protect migrant rights across borders.

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International Trade Centre’s Alliances for Action

Co-designed and facilitated a process to develop A4A's theory of change, administered a network assessment protocol, and cultivated three pilot networks working toward ethical, climate-smart, sustainable agricultural value chains.

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Greater Portland Sustainability Network

Co-designed and facilitated a custom workshop on network strategy and practice for leaders in Portland, Oregon working to advance climate justice through mutual learning and collaboration.

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Gitcoin

Co-designed and facilitated team listening sessions and created a draft agenda for the organization's annual retreat.

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COMPASS

Advisor to leadership team; co-designed and facilitated team retreats and developed final recommendations to refine program and organizational strategies.

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Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Advisor to APRRN's Secretary General and Secretariat; facilitated team learning sessions and developed a written governance plan to support the network's efforts to advance the rights and inclusion of refugees and other people in need of protection in the Asia Pacific region.

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Engineering for One Planet Network

Led the network catalyzation process: provided support including convening design and facilitation, interim coordination, synthesis and document development, network coordinator onboarding and training, network health assessment, and social network analysis training.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network

Shared responsibilities for convening design, documented network proceedings and agreements, drafted bylaws with network members.

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Sustainability Executive Round Table

Project lead. Shared responsibilities for designing and facilitating convenings. Documented network proceedings and drafted a summary of roundtable agreements.

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Upper Willamette Network

Co-designed convenings, documented network's proceedings and agreements, and drafted bylaws.

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Mid-Valley River Connections

Project lead. Designed and facilitated network convenings, documented network proceedings and agreements.

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Women in Africa Investment Network

Advised the network catalyst and network coordinator on supporting the health and evolution of the network.

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Network Leadership Series (NLS)

Helped iterate and co-facilitate the network leadership series from 2020-2023.

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Small Foundation

Worked with SF for 3 years. Supported their strategy by advising network leaders throughout their ecosystem. Conducted a search and hire for a network coordinator, mentored this network coordinator, and supported her in leading a network of network convenors. Designed and facilitated SF’s inaugural partner gathering.

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Justice in Motion's Defender Network

Partnered with the network coordinator in designing two convening, onboarding two people to the coordination team and supporting the evolution of the network.

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Global Leadership Academy - iLEAP

Designed a training in network leadership for young adults ages 18-25.

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Collaborative for Frontier Finance & Early Stage Capital Providers Network

Advised the network coordinator on network health and expanding the network. Partnered with the ED and leadership team, to work on their strategy and designed two convenings for the network. Worked with the steering committee to develop a network theory of change.

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Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Supported the secretariat with adopting a network approach, engaged the steering committee to understand more about how the network was operating. Advised the coordination team on steps they could take to shift their overall governance structure.

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National Alliance for Broader Impacts

Co-designed and facilitated internal meetings and advised the leadership team

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Puerto Rico Impact Investment Network

Served as an internal advisor to the project lead during the network catalyzation phase

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Collaborative for Frontier Finance & Early Stage Capital Providers Network

Designed, facilitated, participated, and advised on several internal meetings

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Network Leadership Series (NLS)

Co-developed training curriculum, and co-designed and facilitated two cohorts of the training

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Sterling Network NYC

Worked as one of three primary consultants catalyzing the network, and then facilitated several internal meetings post-catalyzation

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The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

Designed and facilitated several multi-day convenings for ARIS

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Undergradute Field Experiences Research Network (U-FERN)

Co-designed and facilitated a process to bring a deeper network approach to their existing work

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The International Brain Initiative

Co-designed and facilitated a series of strategy retreats for the IBI's leadership to strengthen their network approach

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Small Foundation

Designed and facilitated several convenings and trainings for Small Foundation over 6 years, and provided network advising to more than a dozen of Small Foundation's partners and grantees

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SciComm Trainers Network

Served as the lead designer and facilitator for the team catalyzing the network, and co-facilitated their first annual convening post-catalyzation

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Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network

Worked as one of five primary consultants catalyzing the network, and facilitated several internal network meetings post-catalyzation

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Orchid Health Collective

Co-designed and facilitated a workshop, and served as an advisor to the leadership team

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Leaders in Science and Technology Engagement Networks (LISTEN)

Served as the lead designer and facilitator for the team catalyzing the network

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Greater Portland Sustainability Network

Co-designed and facilitated the workshop, and served as an advisor to GPSEN leadership

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Engineering for One Planet Network

Served as the lead designer and facilitator for the network catalyzation phase of the project

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COMPASS

Co-designed and facilitated a process to bring a deeper network approach to their existing work

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Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Served as an internal advisor to the main consulting team

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iLeap

Advisor & retreat facilitation

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Apple

Convening design & facilitation

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Civic Commons

Network mapping & evaluation

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AMEA

Network mapping & evaluation

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National Home Visiting Network

Network mapping & evaluation

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Dochas

Advisor

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Virtual Enterprises International

Advisor

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Rockwood Leadership Institute

Network mapping & evaluation

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Leading From Within

Advisor

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Ignite Philanthropy

Network mapping & evaluation

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Government Performance Consortium

Convening design & facilitation

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Financial Advantage Network

Convening design & facilitation

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Dreams InDeed International

Advisor

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ArtsAmplified Initiative

Network mapping & evaluation

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Willamette River Network

Network mapping & evaluation

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Arcora Foundation

Advisor

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Science in Society Funders Collaborative

Convening design & facilitation

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Oregon South Coast Regional Tourism Network

Advisor

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National Alliance for Broader Impacts

Advisor & convening facilitation

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Future of California Elections

Advisor

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Palliative Care Quality Network

Advisor

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Health Research Alliance

Convening design & facilitation

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Fire Adapted Communities Learning Network

Network mapping & evaluation

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Family and Friends Network

Network mapping & evaluation

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College Access For All Learning Network

Convening design & facilitation

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UCSF Health Coordination of Care Network (COC)

Network formation & facilitation

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The Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society (ARIS)

Advisor & convening facilitation

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Sterling Network NYC

Network formation & coordination

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Society Civic Science Initiative

Convening design & facilitation

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SciComm Trainers Network

Network formation & coordination

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Santa Cruz Mountains Stewardship Network

Network formation & coordination

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Network Leadership Series (NLS)

Curriculum development

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National Network for Science Communication and Engagement

Network formation & facilitation

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Media Justice Network

Network mapping & evaluation

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Leaders in Science and Technology Engagement Networks (LISTEN)

Network formation & facilitation

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MapLight

Advisor & convening facilitation

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Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network

Network formation & coordination

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IMPT Learning Network

Advisor

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Impact Networks Documentary Film

Producer

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Engineering for One Planet Network

Convening design & facilitation

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California Summer Matters Network

Network formation & facilitation

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Small Foundation

Developed the measurement framework used by the Small Foundation and its network grantees to assess network development and health over time. Created a measurement plan, customizable assessment tools, and technical assistance materials for Foundation grantees to employ with their networks.

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Irvine Foundation New Leadership Network

Conducted a qualitative study of network impacts. Individually interviewed all network members about their experiences with the NLN, including how network participation impacted them professionally and personally, their organization, and the broader system in California's Central Valley.

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Washington State Early Learning Coordination Plan (ELCP)

Provided training and technical assistance to staff in the Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families regarding methods to gather and analyze data on the statewide Early Learning Coordination Plan (ELCP) network. Provided instruction, customizable assessment tools, analytic guidance, and resource materials for the DCYF coordination team to use to assess and support the development of the ELCP network.