Purpose Built Community of Practice: Networks in a Time of COVID
Date & Time
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Michelle Matthews Naava Frank Jon Ippel

Making lemonade from lemons: What are the opportunities and barriers to moving from a centralized hub and spokes consulting model to a networked learning model of service delivery and capacity building? How did the onset of COVID-19 and outcry for racial justice underscore and accelerate the need for a strong Community of Practice within the Purpose Built Network? Throughout 2020, executive directors and staff of nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations have faced challenges navigating uncharted territory. Purpose Built supports peer-to-peer learning so that Network Members learn from each other how to better support their respective communities, communities more likely to be experiencing trauma from the recent crises. Hear from PB senior leader, network member, and external consultant about how the team seized the moment to focus on relationship building and shared learning to drive strategic impact in local neighborhoods.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the tools and structures necessary to launch and sustain a Community of Practice (CoP)
  2. Learn about specific examples of how the CoP provides network-level, neighborhood-level, and individual-level impact, and what surprised us along the way
  3. Experience community building tools in the context of a Community of Practice
Session Type
Concurrent Case Study Session
Relationships, Connections, and Power Dynamics
Community Development