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Upcoming Workshops

Lean Impact: Delivering Greater Development and Humanitarian Impact at Greater Scale

1st Cohort: April 30th - May 1st at InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC

From global warming to fragile states to closing civil society space, the world's challenges are becoming more dynamic and more complex.  On top of that, the pace of change is continuing to accelerate, driven in large part by technology advances.  Traditional sources of funding are under increasing pressure. And yet capacity and engagement from local governments and the private sector continues to develop.  In this wildly changing world, how do we achieve greater program impact at greater scale?

Join peer organizations and Ann Mei Chang (former Chief Innovation officer at USAID and author of the upcoming book Lean Impact, on which much of this material is based) in an engaging two-day workshop to explore modern tools and approaches, and how they can be adapted to global development and humanitarian aid. This highly interactive workshop includes hands-on exercises (based on real-world examples from your organizations) for thinking out of the box, dramatically accelerating learning, building business models that will scale, and driving a faster pace of change while embracing a measured degree of risk. We will explore ways to understand and optimize for customer value, sustainable paths to scale, and development impact through techniques based on a mix of tools such as design thinking, Lean Startup, Lean Data, and Mission Model Canvas. You will also participate in peer learning opportunities to develop practical, concrete steps for applying these techniques in your existing context and constraints.

You will leave the workshop with new ways of thinking and a suite of new tools that you can apply to designing programs that deliver better results.

Official registration will open shortly but if you are interested in attending, please email Mike Fox at mfox@interaction.org.

Leadership in a Permanent Crisis

3rd Cohort: May 3rd - May 4th at InterAction, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC

Leadership in a Permanent Crisis is a two-day highly pragmatic, experiential, and focused workshop for InterAction-member non-profit executives, their senior staff, and board members.  Participants take the time to focus on the skilled leadership required to navigate change and build personal capacity to shape their organization and its purpose. 

The workshop provides participants with the strategy and stamina to do leadership work over long periods of time. Civil Society faces an onslaught of challenges.  These challenges are both immediate and ongoing in nature, and at times seem daunting and unending. Traditional places looked to for stability and support are being shaken. It is time for new solutions and mobilization of communities and coalitions.

Luckily necessary skills, tools, and collaborative muscles can be built and practiced. Some are easy to learn and others are worth mastering. Participants will experience a specific set of disciplines and strategies to deliver change, hold ourselves up throughout the process, and build a community of support across the sector. 

Particular focus is on the replenishment cycle - building the stamina to process, work through, and deal with overwhelming pressure and numbness, and create the energy to empower ourselves and others. Additional conversations include navigating the new political landscape, multi-stakeholder partnerships, mobilizing & protecting key constituents, and private sector engagement.

Official registration will open shortly but if you are interested in attending, please email Mike Fox at mfox@interaction.org.

Leading Major Change – a program exclusively for INGO executive teams

A one-year collaborative learning and application experience

 Kick-start workshop - please contact Mike Fox at mfox@interaction.org for more details and if you are interested in attending.

This is an invitation-only program for senior leadership teams who are executing major change in their respective organizations – in other words, a change that is transformational in nature, is an organizational imperative, and where nothing short of complete success is acceptable. 

This year-long, executive-level program will focus on preparing leaders and their teams to better navigate the challenges of orchestrating major transitions. According to empirical research, only 30% of major change initiatives achieve their intended objectives. Ultimately, when guiding their organizations through a sea of disruption, senior leaders face a similar set of pivotal issues and encounter a number of common barriers. While each organization will focus on one major change that they are leading within their institution, this program builds skills and awareness that last far beyond the current change at hand. It will will address the success patterns demonstrated by leaders who achieve full realization of their strategic endeavors.  Overall outcomes of the program include: 

  • Understanding the critical change dynamics in play during major transformation - how commitment unfolds, why resistance is inevitable but potentially helpful, how to balance organizational capacity with the demands of change, and when to align culture with change.
  • Learning about the most common implementation risks that jeopardize large-scale change and how they should be addressed.
  • Understanding leadership’s role, as well as the responsibilities of other key players.
  • Establishing a baseline for what it means to be prepared to lead strategic change including the leadership mindsets and behaviors required for success.

The ultimate goal of the experience is to not only aid INGO leaders in successfully driving the changes that today’s environment demands, but to build their longer term capability to successfully lead their organizations through change in the future. 

Previous Event Highlights

Workshop: Leadership in a Permanent Crisis, 2nd Cohort October 2017: The second of a regularly offered workshop, InterAction member executives took two days to focus on building strategy and stamina for leadership work over long periods of time.

InterAction Forum June 2017: In the CEO Track InterAction member executives shared their experiences adapting to the future and we held table break-out conversations and full-room synthesis to learn from each other about challenges, approaches, and areas for growth. CEOs learned about characteristics of transformational change leaders identified through studying high-impact people in the field. And CEOs and general Forum participants alike learned about the latest advances and challenges in innovative finance for development.

Workshop: Leadership in a Permanent Crisis, 1st Cohort April 2017: The first of a regularly offered workshop, InterAction member executives took two days to focus on building strategy and stamina for leadership work over long periods of time.

Advisory Council: Second Convening March 2017

CEO Retreat, December 2016: Participants explored embracing disruption to increase impact, innovative finance models, and then in breakout groups discussed where their organizations are and want to be with the fragile state humanitarian-development nexus; NGOs as economic intermediaries; increasing organizational, program, and global relevance; and strengthening civil society. Finally Good Wolf Group business adaptation expert Alexander Grashow facilitated an exploration of the personal side of adaptive leadership, leading discussion and individual exploration of what each of our roles is as a leader through thought-provoking exercises. 

Advisory Council: Inaugural Meeting September 2016