Monthly Archives: August 2012

NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, Chicago event 13th Sept (live stream)

Welcome Living Bridges! NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE (LIVESTREAMED) - You can join here!

On the 13th September, Social Capital World Forum (SCWF) and Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter (SEA/Chicago) will present the event


This event will take place in Chicago (Illinois) at Groupon Grassroots headquarters. At the same time, we will follow it from the SCWF Living Bridges Planet (Facebook page) live broadcasting!

“Next Generation of Social Enterprise” was the subject chosen to give the audience an insight into new ways of thinking about social enterprise and entrepreneurship – from a nonprofit, for-profit and academic perspective.  This theme will include corporate interest in the Social Enterprise industry from a community development and funding perspective, public sector interest in the industry, and non-traditional thinking as it relates to funding, marketing and building capacity.

At this site and also through our Facebook groups, you will get an update with news from the event.

Partners involved in the organization of the event:


  • Patty Huber, Manager, Groupon Grassroots
  • Debra D. Schwartz is Director of Program- related Investments (PRIs) for the MacArthur Foundation and Illinois Task Force Member
  • Jessica Malkin, Executive Director, Chicago Ideas Week

Moderator:  Marc Lane, Chair of Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise

Ongoing conversation before and after the event at LIVING BRIDGES PLANET, please feel free to join us and include there people you may think it could be interested on the next generation of Social Enterprise.

Event Day – Twitter hashtag 13th September 2012:

  • #NextSocEnt

A perspective on connected systemic change – Don Tapscott

Significance: Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks helps to understand the complex landscape of solution partners in your work as a living bridge.

Context: Huge gathering of geeks
Today I listened to the insights of the wellknown futurist thinker and author Don Tapscott at the Campus Party Europe (#CPeurope), a gathering that happened first time in Berlin, at a huge old airport hangar, attracting thousands of “campuseros” (hackers, developers, gamers and geeks) around Europe. The concept of Campus Party has been created by four friends in Malaga, Spain, which were “united by their passion for new technologies and wanted to create a space where others with the same interests could come together”. The organization started with 250 and “now has offices in Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Germany and the United States“. (more). Remind the Margaret Mead quote:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead, US anthropologist (1901 – 1978)

Rebooting institutions - Don Tapscott
From presentation “New Solutions for a Connected Planet” – Don Tapscott 2012 (c)

Don Tapscott’s taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks
The quote above surely is in the spirit of Don Tapscott, who since years is talking and writing about the impact of new technologies on society and business. “Living Bridges” typically use the new social and collaborative technologies extensively and they can get some inspiration from the Tapscott stance on global challenges, transparency, openness and the potential of mass collaboration. The special thing I want to point you to is Don Tapscott’s enlightening taxonomy of multi-stakeholder networks. I recommend you to view the slides (which are from a different event).

Slide 33 – Click to go to preso “New Solutions for a Connected Planet” – Don Tapscott 2012 (c)

You find good examples of these nine types in the slideshare presentation. It is interesting to conceive the emerging Living Bridges Network as an instance of “7. Platforms” = “Some networks seek to provide platforms for other networks to organize.” – isn’t that, what we do here and in the facebook group? So we are in the nice neighborhood of Ushahidi. Discuss if your choice is different. Comment is free.


Theoretical planning…. and action planning

First time I am trying “re-blogging” on wordpress, similar to re-tweeting on twitter … instead of paraphrasing I let the original speak, giving the author a stage. – I very much like the image of the prototype/bricolage. Can you see the bridge? The original appearance is on – thank you very much for your great coverage Melissa Bergado Edfeldt!

I was given the opportunity to participate in a seminar called Living Bridges for Social Entrepreneurs, a meeting to co-create and work on the substance of the coming Social Capital World Forum in Gothenberg in December. The Hub in Copenhagen was the arena for this meeting and provided creative energy and a positive atmosphere in wich we could collaborate. 

Kaj Voetmann, the CEO of AI Community Denmark (and his group of facilitators) set the stage with Appreciative Inquiry – a process traditional to strength based change management. Together with 30 people from around the world with working backgrounds in different sectors, we defined some of the problems facing social innovation and how we can help to fill the gaps. Examples of these gaps can be defined as hinders in knowledge transfer, cultural barriers, the confines of corporate governance, finance limitations or be as visible as less developed infrastructure in developing countries.

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Next step – Living Bridges Planet – Connecting Virtual with Local

We are now half way into this year`s Social Capital World Forum – Living Bridges. A process forum with activities taking place on a regular basis in the field of social capital that will end with the final event in Gothenburg Sweden on November 30th to December 3rd.

Copenhagen – August 17th
Over the last weeks we have taken some important steps in outlining an ecosystem, “Living Bridges Planet” which will facilitate social capital development among connectors, or “Living Bridgers”. An important aspect in developing the ecosystem is to connect virtual communities and local communities around the world in a coordinated way. With our upcoming event in Copenhagen on the 17th of August, with the help of Appreciative Inquiry Denmark, Make Change TV and The HUB Copenhagen, we will construct a symbol of a “Living Bridge”.

Chicago – September 13th
On the 13th of September we take the next important step when we for the first time will be a virtual network partner with Social Enterprise Alliance Chicago Chapter (page), Governor’s Task Force on Social Innovation Illinois and Groupon Grassroots in Chicago. Topic will be “Next Generation of Social Enterprise” (more info on eventbrite page). In the run up to the event we will moderate a discussion on the topic which then functions as input to the event.

Virtual partner to orgs and networks
In the coming months we will continue this process in with another planned 4-5 events around the world, being a virtual partner to organizations and networks which are supporting grassroots or themselves are grassroots organizations.

Bert-Ola Bergstrand

2020 Ecopreneurs by 2020, curiosity + tribal leadership

Bridging some thoughts first
I got up early to watch the landing of the NASA vehicle “curiositylive. Actually I have my reservations to spend so much money in space missions while the urgent challenges on our precious planet Earth wait for our collective action. But watching the cheering of the team made clear that this thing is connected to the issue of social capital, creating collaborative culture – and how the impossible is made possible when there is a unifying vision! And let me associate with the name of that vehicle another thought: Curiosity is a source and virtue of the folks bridging networks and domains, bravely jumping between huge gaps – what do you think?

Land Use and Green Advocacy Revolution. 2020 Ecopreneurs by 2020 (ning community)
I could not wait to add this project to our newly created link list on Google drive: (= Living Bridges link list). – Please add your best links related to projects, social capital practice and especially bridging here anywhere and anytime: – in just 5 seconds, no registration required.

Five stages of tribal leadership
Most of you know Logan’s TED talk – if not, then please watch instantly! I want to share with you that great graphics, that I found on the ENPRAXIS LUGAR PROJECT community site. All the best for you folks! – And you, dear user, feel free to download this graphics as a screen background delivering essential wisdom 🙂

5 Stages Of Tribal Leadership (, (c) Tribal Leadership: Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

(posted, fully responsible: Willi)