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

The Networks Festival

May-June 2023
100+ speakers
30+ events
600+ participants
from 60+ countries

Thanks to our Co-Creators!

The Networks Festival was a highly collaborative effort. We are extraordinarily grateful to the fantastic efforts of our 90+ co-hosts and storytellers, 15+ disseminators, and of course the indispensable team of co-creators.

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What is the Networks Festival?

Across the entire month of May, 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 was 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?


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.


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.


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

2023 Theme: PLAY

In our experience, some of the most meaningful social change happens when people have fun together. 
Networks can be exciting and engaging places. When done right, they can bring joy, passion, and deep meaning – and provide space for comfort and connection.
The Network's Festival 2023 theme focused on “play” – a theme of discovery, joy, and connection.
By centering play, we hope to spark curiosity, creatively imagine new ways of living, and deepen connections – while celebrating the tangible benefits of collaborating in networks.




Aross May & June 2023

There is so much richness – choose your events carefully! Each link will redirect you to individual registration for that event.

Event Types

hands-on techniques learning, like network mapping, impact measurement & collective decision-making

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movements, networks & funders who don’t know each other find collective solutions across common fields — like education, environment, or migration

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Obstacle Courses

funders explore key themes around supporting networks, and help network leaders strengthen their fundraising strategies

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interactive displays of cutting-edge technology to support networks and relations-based change

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intimate conversations around how we can reframe our work and approaches to change

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Bonfire Circles

weekly pauses for individual and collective care

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Wellbeing Lounge
Filter by type, or browse all below!
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How can we effectively "make the case" to our boards and trustees that networks are critical to systemic and transformational change?

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How do we create maps to visualize and leverage the connections and opportunities across diverse stakeholders?

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How can we catalyze transformative change by connecting networks in climate justice and ecological regeneration?

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How can we integrating monitoring and evaluation with participatory learning structures to achieve more effective change across ecosystems?

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What are the processes, patterns, and tools that help communities make more effective decisions collectively?

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What is "transformation" and why is it so important to think about it today?

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What collective results can we achieve when we positively embrace conflict and fear in our work?

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How do we foster community wholeness through shared rhythms and rituals?

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How can we generate the conditions for shared equity and wellbeing in our communities and networks?

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How can we promote equity across our networks, and challenge colonial systems through self-awareness and collaborative action?

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Network leaders practice "pitching" their network story and message to funders – and get live feedback!

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As capacity builders, coaches, and trainers for networks and systems – what can we achieve together that we aren't achieving alone?

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How can emergent technologies like AI, web3, etc. support networks?

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What are the roles diverse platforms play in supporting our communities to thrive?

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How can donors act as more than just distributors of cash – and more actively use their power for connecting and convening?

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How can we enable diverse people to take on leadership functions in a decentralized way?

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How can we spark connection and collaborative action across diverse networks and funders all trying to address the climate and environmental crises?

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How can we spread sustainable food and agroecological practices by connecting dozens of funders, networks, and movements?

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What are the steps, phases, and success factors for creating healthy, resilient, and effective networks for social change?

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What are the important, hidden roles of official and unofficial community weavers to spark connection and collaboration?

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What factors enable communities of practice to thrive?

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What are the roles diverse platforms play in supporting our communities to thrive?

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What technologies can best help us evaluate relationships, emergent outcomes, and network health?

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What are the most effective processes for establishing trust, engaging people equitably, and collaborating together?

More events are being added as we speak – check back soon!


Co-Created by a Mini-Network!

Ever in spirit of collaboration, this festival has been co-developed by a diverse team collectively bringing decades of experience in network weaving, collective leadership, and systems change – and together reaching over 100,000 people and communities worldwide.

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