connections | 12

a small experiment in linking peers + postings

leadership + such

For this premier issue of connections|12 we start by exploring volunteers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. Sometimes they are all one in the same, while sometimes leaders manage volunteers, or entrepreneurs are leaders. All in all, it seems like a good topic to start with for a magazine-like blog that will highlight a variety of of themes and voices throughout the quarter ― including those from Cohort12, the community-at-large and various colleagues.

We begin with a guest blog from Will Poole, former Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows turned social technologist. He shares five key steps for successfully leading volunteers. Just last week, Will and his team of volunteers produced Seattle Innovation Fast Pitch for the second year in a row. Social Venture Partner Seattle’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch offers nonprofit and for-profit innovators a structured program to develop and sharpen plans and presentations of their work through workshops, coaching, and mentoring. The true headliners were the 14 high-stake pitches delivered for a chunk of the evening’s prize money. Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Intellectual Ventures, was the event’s keynote where he talked about failure. Ironic? Check out the story from Geekwire and see for yourself.

There is also a link to our own MCDM involvement in the past weekend’s Startup Weekend where SeattleEdu participants gave their pitches with the goal of solving problems in education.

And, last, a short commentary from the editor of this blog, Robin Avni, on technology and authentic leadership.

Leaders. Entreprenuers. Volunteers. Enjoy.

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