Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

Now Announcing: The Gathering Makeover Series!

You're invited to
The Gathering Makeover

I'm thrilled to announce The Gathering Makeover, a free four-part video series to re-imagine how we spend our collective time as we ease back into our communities.

After 16 months of doing things very differently, many of us are now wondering how to bring people together and show up to gatherings again. 

As schools re-open, administrations are asking: Who do we bring back first? How do we take care of our teachers? What's the purpose of a school?

As offices debate bringing staff back in person, they're asking: What is the core of our work? Who needs to be part of what? What and who benefits from in-person connection? How do we hybrid gather well?

As we get invited to parties and picnics and potlucks again, we get to ask ourselves: Who are my people? How open am I to the new? How do I want to spend my time? 

We're living through an extraordinary moment and have the rare opportunity to actually pause and makeover how we come together and spend our time. 

So, how do we make the most of this moment? Let's navigate this together.

The Gathering Makeover will give you the permission, inspiration, and tools to rethink one crucial gathering that matters to you and your people as we re-emerge—
from parties to classrooms to boardrooms. You'll start to explore what you'd like to be doing rather than what you've always done.

Starting July 28 at 3pm EST, I'll host a live workshop every Wednesday at the same time four weeks in a row. Joined by a special guest, I'll address some of the new gathering pressures we're navigating and creative ways to think about them. Each workshop is part conversation, part coaching, and part Q&A.

Learn More and Reserve Your Spot
RSVP by clicking the button above so we know to expect you! You'll receive a personal log-in to access the livestreams and their recordings. We'll also share additional resources, announcements, and reminders related to The Gathering Makeover.

Hope to see you there, 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Priya Parker: "The way we gather has been changed forever"

Returning from a weekend away, I caught up to listen to a two-part podcast series with Brene Brown and Priya Parker. It is well worth listening to for anyone conducting meetings or working in a community (formal or informal, work related or otherwise).

Priya Parker writes:
"The way we gather has been changed forever. How will we come together moving forward?  
This past year, we've had to figure out how to teach and wed and learn and work and graduate and worship and organize and celebrate and mourn without being physically together.

At long last, gathering is coming back. This re-emergence is the ultimate gathering makeover. And we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to experiment, re-imagine, and dream up how we want to gather now. 

Let’s gather again as we never have before. Join me in this exploration this summer. "  Visit
Priya talks with Brene Brown in a two-part series, here is the link to Part 1

and the link to the Meeting Makeover talked about in Part 2

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

FANN recommended action -> create your nonprofit entry in MWConnects

While we are working on our Franklin directory, we heard from Anna Cross at our last meeting about MWConnects. If a nonprofit enters their info at MWConnects, it will prepopulate the MA level network directory. Two listings for a single entry.

Why do this?
It creates visibility of the nonprofit to those looking for nonprofits? Who might look? There are any number of reasons such a listing would be useful.

Read more about MWConnects here ->

Create your entry here ->

FANN - meeting notes for June 28 ; Aug 23 is the next scheduled meeting

Meeting recap for June 28 session

Thanks to those who managed to participate in our Monday, June 28 session. It was good to hear from Anna Cross on the resources and programs available with the MetroWest Nonprofit Network. Anna is the Executive Director of the MetroWest Nonprofit Network.

Detailed meeting notes (thanks to Bo) are available 

Our next meeting is scheduled for Aug 23, 2021 at 7:30 PM

We'll provide two options for our next meeting
  • in person at the Franklin TV Studio, 23 Hutchinson St
  • via Zoom (info below)

Topic: FANN - Intros #4
Time: Aug 23, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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FANN - meeting notes for June 28 ; Aug 23 is the next scheduled meeting
FANN - meeting notes for June 28 ; Aug 23 is the next scheduled meeting


Sunday, June 27, 2021

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network - Meeting Agenda - June 28, 2021

Franklin Area Nonprofit Network (FANN)

Meeting Agenda 

Monday, June 28, 2021 – 7:00 PM

1. 700 PM - Call to order, review agenda and any housekeeping Steve Sherlock

2.    Introductions

        710 PM     Anna Cross, MetroWest Nonprofit Network

        735 PM HMEA - Doug MacPherson

        740 PM SAFE Coalition - Jennifer Knight Levine

        745 PM Ben Speaks - Bo Kinney 

        750 PM open

        755 PM open


3. 805 PM Steering Committee, Actions, Next Month agenda, Wrap Up Bo Kinney/Steve Sherlock

4. 820 PM Adjourn


The Franklin Area Nonprofit Network page is now live and functioning.

Check out the listing of nonprofits

Use the form to make updates, changes, or additions

Topic: FANN - Introductions #3
Time: Jun 28, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 895 8223 9857
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FANN Meeting Agenda - June 28, 2021
FANN Meeting Agenda - June 28, 2021