Sunday, November 22, 2009

Two Days of Network Building

Here are links to two of the keynote presentations from the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, held at Northwestern University last Thursday and Friday.

Thrivable Networks
- building networks of purpose, by Valdis Krebs and Jean Russell.

How Business and Non Profits Can Work Together, by Timothy Hogan, Partner, Creative Director, The Royal Order of Experience Design.

These were just two of more than 30 presentations that connected more than 145 people who want to help inner city youth have brighter futures with ideas and each other. You can see the list of speakers, and attendees, at the Conference web site. Because we keep this list published, the networking started at the conference can continue on Monday, and for the next six months and following decade.

When Arne, Duncan, Secretary of Education, says "This is the time to look in our collective mirror and ask whether we like what we see or whether we can do better together." .. this is what the conference is enabling.

Now it's time for those who want to help inner city kids, but cannot be directly involved as tutors/mentors, to look for other ways to help, such as making financial contributions to one of the organizations who attended the conference, or to Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, who organizes this conference, and maintains a list of Chicago tutor/mentor programs so that volunteers, parents, and donors can shop and choose which program, in what neighborhood, they will support.

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