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To understand how leaders are adapting to work in movements, the Management Assistance Group (MAG) (now Change Elemental) launched the Network Leadership Innovation Lab —a multi-year program of dialogue, analysis, and active learning.

The Lab convened social change leaders and other practitioners to advance our shared knowledge about leading at the nexus of organizations, networks, and movements. It stimulated innovative thinking and experimentation; captured and shared learning; and identified ways to support and strengthen the work.

In Towards ‘Complex Adaptive Philanthropy:’ Preliminary Learnings from the Network Leadership Innovation Lab, we share some early learnings gleaned from this experience and explore their implications specifically for grantmakers.