Managing by Network

2021 Course Schedule

Start Date: January 13 and 14, 2021

Course End Date: June 9 and 10, 2021

Course Format: 36-hours, 17 live webinars and 4 study hall weeks. All coursework is completed online, no travel is required. Participants meet weekly for two hours, in four seminar sized groups. Attendees may participate on the day and time of their choice based on 4 options. 

  • Sessions 1-5:  Explore Practices

  • Sessions 6-11:  Strengthen Skills

  • Sessions 12-17:  Build Trust

On Wednesdays or Thursdays from January to June, participants attend a live, two-hour webinar. 

Regular sessions are interspersed with Study Hall weeks. During this time, participants can enrich and apply their learning through optional activities such as networking sessions, homework, and self-study to make up missed sessions.

Each of the 17 sessions is offered as a live webinar, in seminar sized groups, at four different times. 

During the application process, individuals indicate a preferred day and time for the webinar that best fits their schedule. We make every effort to accommodate these preferences. 

Manging by Network webinars meet as follows:

Wednesdays

  • Alpha Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET
  • Beta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET

Thursdays

  • Gamma Group: 11 AM to 1 PM ET
  • Delta Group: 2 PM to 4 PM ET 

Because the Academy observes Daylight Saving Time, class times will change accordingly in March.

MBN 2021 Schedule

All dates are confirmed. The order of topics and guest speakers may change, as we confirm plans this fall. 

Tech Test and Orientation - Jan 13 & 14

Hosted by Anne Desmarais and Jane Hanson

Join us for a 1 hour Tech Test, on Wednesday and Thursday at:

  • 11:00am - 12pm ET
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm ET

We'll orient you to the Academy's virtual classroom, practice interactions, and help you troubleshoot any technical difficulties before our first instructional session.

 

Session 1: Charting our Course - Jan 27 & 28

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Jane Hanson

  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Course Overview and Tour
  • The 22 Competencies and Accountability
 

Session 2: See the Possibilities - Feb 3 & 4

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, and Agency Guest Speakers

  • Agency Leadership Perspective on Partnership and Community Collaboration 

  • Seven Faces of Partnership and Philanthropy

 

Session 3: Head, Heart and Hands - Feb 10 & 11

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructors

  • Partnership Network Life Cycle
  • Collaborative Leadership and Active Listening
 

Session 4: Find the Common Threads - Feb 17 & 18

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructors

  • Successful Partnering Practices
  • Appreciative Inquiry and Asset Based Community Development

 

Study Hall 1 - Week of Feb 22

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • Feb 23, 24, 25: Agency-Specific Networking Sessions

  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed

  • Apply your learning on the job

 

Session 5: Connect to Community - Mar 3 & 4

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructors

  • Community Collaboration Toolbox
  • Building Savvy and Resilience in Your Partnership Network
 
Seth Cohen, PhD, Facilitator, Collaboration Specialist, Institute for Water Resources, Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise, USACE

Session 6: Paddle Together - Mar 10 & 11

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Managing by Network Alumni

  • Launching the 2021 Case Study Program
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Alumni Case Studies
  • Partnership Check-Up: Assessing Partnership Health and Effectiveness
 

Session 7: Put the Wind in Your Sails - Mar 17 & 18

Instructors: Anne Desmarais and Liz Madison

  • Facilitation in Action
  • Facilitation Toolbox
 

Session 8: Walk a Mile in Their Shoes - Mar 24 & 25 

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais, and Guest Instructors

  • Connecting to Nature: Social Science and Human Values
  • Sunshine Laws in a Partnership Context: FACA & PRA
 

Study Hall 2 - Week of Mar 29

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • April 1: Networking Session

  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Apply your learning on the job
 

Session 9: Calm the Waters - Apr 7 & 8

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructor

  • Strengthen Your Conflict Management Skills

Session 10: Look Beneath the Surface - Apr 14 & 15

Instructors: Anne Desmarais and Liz Madison

  • Interest-based Negotiation

 

Session 11: Smart Moves - Apr 21 & 22

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Guest Instructors

  • Community Outreach 

  • Persuasion

Session 12: New Paths to Follow - Apr 28 & 29

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructors

  • Valuing Nature: Economics and Ecosystem Services

 

Study Hall 3 - Week of May 3

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn.

  • May 6: Networking Session
  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments
  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Apply your learning on the job
 

Session 13: Get Your Ducks in a Row - May 12 & 13

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Peer Presenters 

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2021 Case Studies

  • Managing Agreements and Pooled Funding

 

 

Session 14: Change Your Tack - May 19 & 20

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison and Guest Instructors

  • Sustaining Partnerships and Community Collaboratives

  • Entrepreneurship and Risk Assessment

 

Session 15: Reflect on the Journey - May 26 & 27

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Peer Presenters

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2021 Case Studies

  • Vision and Strategic Thinking: What's Possible Now

 

Session 16: Putting it All Together - June 2 & 3

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Liz Madison, and Guest Instructors

  • Organizational Change and Succession Planning
  • The Road Ahead
  • Partnership Success Factors: Capstone Dialogue
 

Session 17: Commencement - June 9 & 10

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Peer Presenters

  • Peer to Peer Presentations: 2020 Case Studies 

  • Gathering In 

  • Graduation

 

Study Hall 4 - June 14-25

Study Hall work is optional and designed to help you apply what you learn. 

This final study hall period allows time to complete and submit any additional self-study for the course. All coursework must be completed two weeks after the final webinar to receive credit.

  • Self-study: catch up on any sessions you missed
  • Homework: workbook exercises and self-assessments 
  • Apply your learning on the job

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Anne Desmarais

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Liz Madison

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