Monthly Archives: September 2012

Synthesis about leadership

Thank you Christer Hellberg for sharing your tracks!

Shared tracks

Peter Senge on Leadership

Peter Senge refers to this excellent definition around leadership:

“The capacity of a human community to shape it’s future.”

The Global Community

Many things comes to mind after seeing that Peter Senge-video as always. That Gandhi quote.. which I can’t seem to find now… in fact I find around 10 others just as good.

But it was on the “global community” and leadership. Imagine one man alone made change, oh sorry, it really happened. One man did it with his idea and his own energy and principles. Of course the time for the idea maybe had come and was supported by millions, but before he came into “action” sort of the task was seen as impossible.

Oh yeah, and “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” And “Be the change you want to see in the world” of…

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LIVESTREAMING EVENT – Next Generation of Social Enterprise

SEP 13 2012 – CHICAGO local time CDT 06:00pm
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We are very excited to approch the event in Chicago (local time CDT 06:00pm). You can get and share knowledge and engage in conversation, increase your network.



6:15 – 6:20 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Marc J. Lane, Chair, Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise AND Chair, Social Enterprise Alliance-Chicago Chapter

6:20 – 6:30 p.m. Social Capital World Forum – Introduction

  •  Daniel F. Bassill

6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion on Next Generation of Social Enterprise

  • Marc J. Lane, Moderator
  • Patty Huber, Groupon Grassroots
  • Debra Schwartz, Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise AND MacArthur Foundation

7:30 – 7:45 p.m. Chicago Ideas Week Overview

  •  Jessica Malkin, Chicago Ideas Week

7:45 – 8:00 p.m. Q&A



The local event in Chicago will be livestreamed – you will find the link here in time! Please visit our personalized worldtimebuddy table which includes ten cities – easily fill in your location to check.

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  • Event hashtag #NextSocEnt
  • SEAlliance Chicago @SEAllianceChi
  • Groupon Grassroots @GrpnGrassroots
  • MacArthur Foundation @macfound
  • Chicago Ideas Week @chicagoideas
  • SCWF12 #scwf12
  • LivingBridgesPlanet @LivingBridgesP #LivingBridges
  • Twitter list Have a look what’s up on the Living Bridges Planet and follow the aggregated stream of Living Bridges (growing)


From Social Capital World Forum, we would like to thank all those people and organizations which made possible this great event “Next Generation of Social Enterprise” in Chicago. Special thanks to Sheri Gibson for her support and wonderful coordination work!! and thanks also to the institutions and people involved in organizing and developing the event:

  • Social Enterprise Alliance – Chicago Chapter (SEA/Chicago)
  • Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise
  • Groupon Grassroots  
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Chicago Ideas Week
  • Special thanks also to Daniel F. Bassill, Founder and President of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection who will be our “Living Bridge” to the live event for Social Capital World Forum in Chicago.
  • And thanks also to the speakers:  Marc J. Lane, Moderator, Patty Huber, Groupon Grassroots, Debra Schwartz, Illinois Task Force on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise AND MacArthur Foundation, Chicago Ideas Week Jessica Malkin


Find more Details about the event and sponsors in our earlier blogpost NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, Chicago event 13th Sept (live stream)

Why do we feel moved toward action

Update 2012-10-02

We proudly present the video of the seminar event. Thank you for your great work Julie T. Tran and MakeChangeTV! Find more videos on the Living Bridges Planet youtube channel.


WHY is the “big question” leading to a purpose. But even before talking about “Action”, maybe we could think a little about another question:

WHY do we Dream? WHAT we are dreaming about?

Last month, 17th August 2012, we had a seminar in Copenhagen (Denmark) at the HUB Copenhagen. We gathered there around 40 people from many countries (Denmark, Sweden, US, Spain, Lithuania,…) with a common goal: discovering how a “living bridge” looks like through different perspectives and one framework: social entrepreneurship, in order to connect virtual communities and local communities around the world in a coordinated way.

The Copenhagen seminar was part of an ongoing process which will continue its next step the 13th September in Chicago (blogpost NEXT GENERATION OF SOCIAL ENTERPRISE, Chicago), an event where we will participate online.

The “Living Bridges” movement is the result of something we are building together and Appreciative Inquiry was the approach we used at the seminar in Copenhagen to create a first idea about what it is a “Living Bridge”. We want to thank specially Kaj Voetman, Chairman from Appreciative Inquiry Community Denmark, who was the great conductor who lead this first step along the building process.

We have made a video with some photos from the seminar and we would love to count with the “Living Bridges” who atended this seminar to share here their personal experience and main vision about the designs and prototypes we built there.

VIDEO: LIVING BRIDGES Copenhagen DK Seminar 17082012

The story begins in Meghalaya, a place in the North-East India, one of the wettest place on earth where bridges aren’t build…. They’re grown…

The Living Bridges are made from the roots of the trees….
…and people learn how to build and maintain them during hundreds of years.

The Living Bridges from Meghalaya are our metaphor to build…
The Living Bridges for Social Entrepreneurs.

What is a “Living Bridge” for us?

1) DISCOVERING our own Living Bridges and sharing experiences.
2) DREAMING the challenges where the Living Bridges could be useful for social entrepreneurs.
3) DESIGNING & PROTOTYPING the Living Bridges.

Video Credits:
KAJ VOETMANN (Appreciative Inquiry Community Danmark)
BERT-OLA BERGSTRAND (Social Capital World Forum)
INMA VP (Photo & Video Production)

and thanks a lot to all the facilitators and people who made this Possible!

If you want to follow the Living Bridges on Facebook, please join us here:

And also you will find the Living Bridges Planet on Twitter:

For all those people who could not join us last August in Copenhagen but follow the “Living Bridges” concept, we would like also to have also here your opinion about what do you think it can be a “Living Bridge”.

We have been taking two videos as main elements to develop our own conceptualisation:

1) Meghalaya’s Living Bridges video
2) Zack Matere: Growing Knowledge, YouTube video

What do you think it could be the “Living Bridges” main characteristics and roles for building social entrepreneurs? How could it look like?

Thank you so much for your comments here or on the facebook group!

(blogpost by Inma Vp)

LIVING BRIDGES Copenhagen DK Seminar

With a digital mindset there comes the Living Bridges attitude

The digital will not go away – Easily adapt with Thomas Power’s wisdom

With the rising (social) connectedness we are inevitably redesigning our thinking and behavior. As happened in industrialisation, now transformation is happening to deal with the “big connectification”, resulting in the network society (Manuel Castells). We have to adapt as an individual, a consumer, a leader, a (social) entrepreneur, a teacher …). Listen to Thomas Power’s great talk!

Thomas Power confesses in the talk that he needed 11 years to switch from old school to new school mindset. Good news: You can be on his shoulders!

  • Old mindset: CSC = closed, selective, controlling
    (you will just fail with this one in the world of today and tomorrow)
  • New mindset: ORS = being open, random and supportive
    (what works in our hyper speed connected world)

Thank you Bert-Ola Bergstrand for sharing great stuff like this with me, personally you are my “ORS role model”.