The path to innovation in philanthropic partnerships isn't easy. That doesn't make it any less worth it. Hildy Gottlieb, co-founder of Creating the Future -- a self-described living laboratory for accomplishing social change -- gets that.
She asked President and CEO Debra Jacobs to share her partnership insights (high engagement partnerships, collaborations and networks are what The Patterson Foundation is all about) during a live Google hangout. Along with Sidney Hargro, executive director of the Community Foundation of South Jersey, they shared what funders and investors really think about partnering and the possibilities that are created when the "cookie jars" - Debra's tasty analogy - are opened and shared.
Hildy and Dimitri Petropolis, Creating The Future's co-founder and tech-savvy genius, are taking advantage of Google Hangouts technology, and through exploration and experimentation, they are finding practical ways for individuals and groups to create their own new realities by making these influential conversations accessible online, providing all the opportunity to learn fabulous things behind closed doors. Being a first-time Google Hangouts groupie, the process - (including Debra’s prep time with Dimitri in the “green room” until showtime) – worked beautifully in facilitating an engaged interaction.
The Google platform enables live-streaming of the conversation, and provides viewers the opportunity to Tweet using the hashtag #CTFuture. The stream of tweets is monitored and questions/comments are incorporated into the discussion in real-time, which made the experience all the more collaborative.
In addition, the recorded conversation is uploaded to YouTube for your viewing convenience. Much like The Patterson Foundation, Creating the Future uses blogs in documenting and sharing information to keep the conversation moving.
There were many innovative ideas percolating during the candid discussion, such as:
• Focus should be on aspirations or goals that partners are trying to achieve
• True partnering is an iterative process, allowing for adding ideas and dimension that were not evident at the beginning
• Preparing to partner has great value…it’s building trust, relationships, sharing values and aspirations. Partnering is a long-term journey.
And to tempt you into the “cookie jar”, here are a few tweets:
A lot of wonderful things are happening in the philanthropic realm. Possibilities and impact are created when authentic partnering is added to the conversation and ensures that the best stuff (or cookie!) is not left on the table!
Connect with Hildy @HildyGottlieb and Dimitri @Dimitrious via Twitter!
Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.
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