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"If you want to change the world, throw a better party"
Susan Davis

The Networks Festival

May-June 2024

What is the Networks Festival?

Across a whole month, thousands of people from around the world came together both online and offline to deepen our understanding of how we leverage relationships to transform our world – and practice doing it together.

The networks festival is a mixture of exhibitions, interactive workshops, local field trips, and collaborative games all about how we amplify social change through networks.​

With network leaders, funders, governments, and changemakers, we shared cutting-edge strategies and tools, amplified stories demonstrating network's extraordinary power to achieve social change, and fostered new connections to nourish longer-term exchange and collaboration.

Why a Networks Festival?

1

1000's of networks around the globe are driving deep, systemic change

Every day, we experience their impacts across governments, companies, civil society, and academia.

2

There is an incredible wealth of experience on how networks can (and do) change our world

The impact networks field has made great strides – and there are a plethora of tools and approaches to support this work.

3

But the vast majority of networks are underfunded, disconnected & misunderstood 

Stories remain untold. Tools and techniques are not commonly known. And funding remains scarce.

The networks festival leverages our deep trove of knowledge and experience to strengthen practice, increase much-needed funding and support, foster new cross-network collaborations for systemic change.

Who is the Festival For?

Anyone curious about how we can amplify collaborative innovation through movements, cooperatives, networks, and community-action groups, including:

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Leaders & Coordinators

of movements, networks & cooperatives looking to mature their change strategies
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Funders & Governments

seeking to spark and scale systemic change change around the globe
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Curious Changemakers

eager to leverage relationships for deep social change

Changemaking through Play

In our experience, some of the most meaningful social change happens when people have fun together.

By centering "play", the Networks Festival:

→ Sparks imagination around new ways of living and working

→ Connects us across diverse cultures and contexts

→ Breaks down barriers around power and equity

→ Brings joy, celebration, and fun!

Playful Formats at the Festival

hands-on learning network skills and techniques

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Workshops
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movements, networks & funders  discover what is possible together

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Obstacle Courses

collaborative spaces to shift more funding to networks

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diverse perspectives that reframe our approaches to change

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Kaleidoscopes

interactive displays of relational-based technologies

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pauses for individual and collective care

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Wellbeing Lounge

Agenda!

May - June 2024

Our distributed group of co-creators – the Festival Composers – are currently defining the agenda based on deep listening to the field.

 

Events will be added in April, but for now here is a taste of what we're considering!

Funding Social Movements

How can funders strengthen systemic action by supporting connections across networks?

Localizing Philanthropy

How can funders support decentralized decision-making structures for grassroots and indigenous communities?

Network Mapping

How can we collectively map impact networks to identify synergies, overlaps, and partnerships?

Scaling through Networks

What do we know about scaling and how it happens, and why are networks critical pieces of the puzzle?

Feminist Movements

What strategies and tactics are movements leveraging for gender equity – and how is it being funded?

Decentralized Leadership

How can we steward decentralized leadership structures to foster self-organization across an impact network?

AI for Weaving

How can emergent tech enable the development of resilient impact networks in ethical ways?

Indigenous Wisdom

How can we valorize indigenous knowledge, strategies, and systems to strengthen collaborative ecosystems?

Assessing Ecosystems

How do we capture and measure social impact when it happens across many networks and movements?

Pitch Practice

Watch as network leaders practice pitching their network story and impact to funders – and get live feedback!

Migration Networks

How can we strengthen and connect networks to enable more equitable human rights for migrants?

Network Platforms

How can I select the right technology and create a buzzing experience for my network?

Healing Systems

How may we transform collective, inter-generational and systemic trauma into possibilities for systemic transformation?

Happy Money

How can impact networks effectively create collective budgeting and money distribution systems?

Funder Networks

How can intermediary funders, giving circles, and funder networks become powerful leverage points for shifting the funding landscape?

Coordinating an Impact Network

Why is the hidden “grunt work” of coordination so important, and how can we do it well?

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