February 2017

Never Stop Learning

Nonprofit leaders know the value of a good support system. Resources that offer flexible levels of participation and connect us to a strong professional network can be hard to find. When we do find them, they’re worth holding on to.

The Center for New Leadership (CNL) at the Marlboro College Center for Graduate and Professional Studies is one of those resources. The Marlboro approach embraces systems thinking and collective impact; it applies these methods to teaching and coaching. Consultants, practitioners, and students create a learning community focused on making the social benefit sector tick. […]

August 2016

Leadership: Conference Expands Sector Conversation

The inaugural New England Maker Spaces and Creative Places Conference (the Maker Places Conference) was held August 8-9 in Burlington. More than 40 people attended, from as near as Waterbury and as far as Sydney, Australia. This new conference represents one of many ways the maker movement has been expanding in Vermont since the first Champlain Maker Faire in 2012.

Speakers representing universities, manufacturing companies, and maker spaces shared on culture shift, community engagement, and inspiring young makers. Many discussions made the case for integrating arts, nature, and technology into the movement. […]

June 2016

Leadership: Collective Impact Models Inspire VCN Structure

One model the Network will use to effectively configure Vermont’s creative sector is Collective Impact. Introduced in 2011 by the “Stanford Social Innovation Review,” Collective Impact is a disciplined, cross-sector approach to solving social and environmental problems on a large scale

In a 2014 blog post, the Review discussed the central conditions for collective impact: a […]