Strengthening Hawaii's Communities

Strengthening Hawaii's Communities
Network Leadership and Social Change

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Network leadership is the practice of building collaborative capacity within and across organizations and individuals for the purpose of social change. Networks are increasingly being used as a social change strategy to address complex problems where progress cannot be made by a single organization, or in isolation from other stakeholders. Network leaders must be able to galvanize, align and inspire people across various constituencies for the benefit of joint problem solving rather than institution building. 

In July 2015 HCF hired McLeod-Grant Advisors to assess the state of network leadership in Hawaii, which they did through a series of interviews with local network leaders.  Some of their report's findings included:

  Several leaders in Hawaii are leveraging network approaches to address system-level issues.  However, these network leaders are not networked with one another, and there is little shared language or understanding about the “how to” of networks and network leadership.

  There’s a strong interest in more professional development around the topic of network leadership, and for more actual networking.   

To learn more, read the full report.

In January 2016 McLeod-Grant Advisors conducted a one-day workshop, “The Art and Practice of Network Leadership” to provide professional development to network leaders and to test the concept of a Community of Practice (COP), a longer-term engagement that would:

• Connect a diverse set of network leaders working across issue and organizational boundaries.

• Provide opportunities for reflection, learning and skill development focused on collaborative leadership and system change.

• Create a robust network of network leaders who are better able to develop and execute their social change agendas.  

Community of Practice (COP)

“The COP began in October 2016 and includes Five Learning Sessions covering a variety of network topics, Peer Consults in which a network leader presents a problem faced by their network and participants consult with them on possible approaches or solutions, and Individual Coaching focused on network challenges, or issues related to applying new skills or thinking to the leader’s work.”





Interested in supporting network leadership in Hawaii?

Contact Piikea Miller by calling 888.731.3863 or email