Ever since I read an article on Larry Brilliant by past president, Jimmy Carter, I have been fascinated by the depth and breadth of the work he is doing at Google. Head of Google’s foundation (www.google.org), Brilliant has done not-so-simple things like helping the the World Health Organization eradicate small pox. Now he’s taking on an even greater opportunity of using power and influence (over a billion dollars worth from Google) to "to do good."
To this end his focus is on such things as "developing cheaper renewable energy, commercializing plug-in vehicles, increasing capital to small business in the developing world and predicting and preventing emerging threats such as environmental conditions and climate change" as Brilliant offered in Carter’s article. This is a wonderful set of goals.
However, the question I have is how can we achieve these goals faster with better results? I offer the concept of Networlding as an approach. First, let me preface my thoughts by saying that the Networlding methodology which we sell to the for-profit world is free to the non-profit world. Any non-profit professional wants to have our e-guidebook and e-booklet can email us (www.networlding.com) to get a copy. We also have consultants who are willing to help with initiatives that want to use the methodology.
To this end some of the key pieces would look like this:
- the creation of an action plan that is grounded in values; we recommend the four values that have been used with great success by my friend and colleague, Susan Davis which are: "making a difference, integrity, collaboration and innovation." We have found these values accelerate the success of any group initiative.
- the development of a leadership team that mentors in small, manageable groups other small groups of "leaders-in-waiting."
- constant, incremental support and facilitation of small groups working together for a common goal while also getting support from one another to achieve individual goals.
- sharing the best practices back to all the participants.
- and finally, "doing well by doing good." As Carter commented, "Many corporations have learned that investing in philanthropy attracts concerned investors and talented employees, builds brand loyalty, burnishes reputations and helps create a healthier and more prosperous economy for all of us." Why is it so simple for some to get and others its a foreign language?
Of course there is much more detail in the methodology and non-profits such as Brilliant is running would benefit from the many learnings we have had throughout the last couple of decades by the growing members of The Networlding Partner Alliance. So, if I only could work with Larry Brilliant . . . .