Towards 'Complex Adaptive Philanthropy:' Preliminary Learnings from the Network Leadership Innovation Lab

To understand how leaders are adapting to work in movements, the Management Assistance Group launched the Network Leadership Innovation Lab —a multi-year program of dialogue, analysis, and active learning.

The Network Leadership Innovation Lab convenes social change leaders and other practitioners to advance our shared knowledge about leading at the nexus of organizations, networks and movements. It stimulates innovative thinking and experimentation; captures and shares learning; and identifies ways to support and strengthen the work. 

Here, we share some preliminary learnings gleaned from this experience as well as from MAG’s client work and from relevant social science—and explore their implications for grantmakers. 


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