Network Presence: October 8-14, 2011

Did you connect with the Network recently?  If so, please leave a comment and share your Network story! Here are some of the ways that the Network engaged with the community this week: Facilitated a conversation about achieving individual goals with the current Goodwill Power of Work class Connected job seekers to employers at the Monthly Workforce Connection Meeting Hosted a lunch with the

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Network Advocate: Attorney Ben Carter

 Ben Carter, an attorney who works throughout the state of Kentucky, is a longtime friend of the Network.  He connected with the Network around work involving foreclosures and vacant properties–issues that Network members indicated were adversely affecting their lives and neighborhoods. Ben has been an advocate for homeowners facing foreclosure and has pushed the judicial system to change the way foreclosure cases are handled in

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Network Presence: October 1-7, 2011

The Network’s connections this week ranged from facilitating large conversations to having one-on-one conversations with neighborhood residents.  Some events were big, while others were small and informal; we led from the front of the room and from the back of the room. Here’s a list of some of the connections we made this week: Facilitated a conversation about community building with young people at

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Network Member Initiatives: Alley Cleanups

The Network is about strengthening neighborhoods and communities, and we do that from the ground up by supporting resident-led initiatives. Gwen Kelly and Frankie Bibb, Sr, Network members in the California neighborhood, organized alley cleanups during the month of September. The Network supported them by publicizing the events and showing up to help clean. Gwen says that it was a simple but powerful community-building

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Hot Dogs and Vacant Properties Grill

The Network has held conversations with residents in our community as a part of the People’s Campaign.  Neighbors gathered together, and we asked what they liked about their neighborhood and what they wanted to change about their neighborhood.  Network members across the community expressed concerns about vacant and abandoned properties. One member, Jessica Kelly, is particularly concerned about vacant properties because there is a

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Network Presence: September 24-30, 2011

The Network connects people to people, people to organizations, and people to senior-level decision-makers.  What do we mean when we say that?  What does that look like? A quick glance at some of our activities this week may give you an idea of the connections the Network makes and the Network’s presence.  We engaged with members, students, community organizations, elected officials, and more! Spent

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September Network 101!

Are you interested in learning more about the Network principles and style of leadership?  Consider joining us for Network 101.  Offered monthly during the week of Network Nite, Network 101 is a four-day leadership training course that prepares you to become a Power Member.  Time is spent in the classroom, stomping in the neighborhood, and coordinating Network Nite.     Morgan Eklund came through

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September Network Nite: Photos and a Fresh Perspective

Last week’s Network Nite in the Shawnee neighborhood was the largest yet, with more than 120 people attending.  Neighbors connected to one another and to organizations, all while enjoying a family dinner. Lots of folks shared their “new and good”, reporting new jobs and educational milestones. For many, this was their first Network Nite. Today’s blog post comes from a one of those first-time

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September Network Nite: Dr. Look’s Perspective

Welcome to the Network’s new blog!  We will be highlighting Network stories, feedback, and insights.  Our first post is from Network member Dr. Keith Look, principal at The Academy @ Shawnee. Last week the Network held its first Network Nite in the Shawnee neighborhood at The Academy, and here are Dr. Look’s thoughts on the event and the Network: “Network Nite at The Academy

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