New HDC Member Programming

September has been a busy month here at HDC! In addition to our first quarterly member meeting of 2014, we have begun to roll out our new model of member engagement services. Thank you to everyone who was able to join us this month, and make sure to check our calendar for more exciting upcoming programs!

Mark LaLiberte talks green affordable housing

On September 18, a capacity group of HDC members and guests met at the Bullitt Center for a discussion on green and sustainable affordable housing practices in King County, sponsored by HDC’s Practical Development Solutions Affinity Group, Weyerhaeuser, and Beneficial State Bank. Paul Hanson quote After a short presentation by Mark LaLiberte, one of the nation’s leading building scientists, participants broke into small discussion groups to explore the specific ingredients for an effective decision-making model that balances the tensions of upfront costs and lifecycle costs, as well what changes in processes need to occur to develop more effectively and sustainably.

The results from this discussion session will be used to build and inform our Housing Washington Presentation on October 8. Slides from our presentation, and overall feedback from our September 18 event will be posted to our site in mid-October for member reference.

The Networked Non-profit with Jane Wei-Skillern

Just a few days later, on September 22, members of HDC and Global Washington convened to discuss successful strategies of The Networked Nonprofit, with Haas UC Berkeley Professor Jane Wei-Skillern. After some intensive homework and case-study preparation, another capacity crowd met to learn about the four counter-intuitive principles that are key to becoming a successful and impactful networked organization.

Chris Moxon quote Through case study work and small and large group discussion, participants were inspired to help change the overall collaborative culture in the nonprofit sector, and to bring the principles we discussed back to their colleagues, executive leaders, and board members. For more information on Professor Wei-Skillern’s four principles, we invite you to read a selection of her research.

Thank you again to members of HDC and Global Washington who devoted half of their day to exploring ways that the nonprofit sector can come together to increase its impact.

It is HDC’s goal to offer contextual programming from a variety of perspectives that reaches a broad constituency of our membership. To this end, each member representative will be receiving a short survey in the coming weeks, along with your organization’s password to login to the backend of website. 

Please don’t hesitate to let me know what kinds of programs/themes/topics you and your organization would like HDC to touch on in the coming year.