Here are a few highlights from their talks:
I pulled two themes of Diana's talk, strong nonprofits and leadership:
Strong Nonprofits are:
- Working together to make major impact.
- Working in the community and not working in isolation.
- Using human capital and strong committed individuals.
- Using connected people who are interested in making our society a better place.
- Working with others to achieve what you want to do. (Not being a lone ranger)
- Creating a clear vision for oneself and one society.
- Formulating your vision into a reality.
- Following your passion.
Similarly, Francis's talk focused on nonprofit structures:
She is engaging in a new initative with Idealist and to create new organizational structures in the nonprofit sector. This will involve:
- Interviewing organizations to find out what organizational structures are working
- Finding a way for nonprofits to replicate working organizational structures.
- Restructuring top positions within nonprofits
- Meeting with Civic Venture to engage in structural revolutions.
YES --FINALLY this is similar to my argument to change the system of the nonprofit sector in my blog post My Theory of Nonprofit Leadership. However, framed in a different way. We need to change nonprofit organizational structures in order to improve the leadership in nonprofit organizations.