Building a collaborative network begins with bringing people together. Ongoing events enhance the individual and collective capacities of network members, as well as create opportunities to import knowledge and expertise from outside the network.
Regular meet-ups help peers develop a shared agenda for their field, while occasional larger gatherings of the entire network create a sense of cohesion and momentum among a diverse constituency that may otherwise have no other means of connection. Among network members, convening strategies create an environment for individual educators, innovators, and practitioners to become better informed and equipped to pursue opportunities, confront challenges, and engage in collaboration.
In Pittsburgh, these strategies have been essential to building the field of professionals who feel connected and empowered to do more because of their participation in the network.