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Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story

by Feedback Labs, Inc.
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story
Ensuring people are the heroes of their own story

Here at Feedback Labs, we believe that every voice matters. 

 

Whether you work at a large foundation or a community nonprofit, you are welcomed into the feedback movement. Our worldwide Feedback+ gatherings are grounded in the belief that practitioners should be decision-makers within the feedback movement, and we strive to include changemakers from across the globe regardless of their organizations’ financial ability. That’s why we are so grateful for your support. 

 

With your donation and the support of GlobalGiving we supported 36 outstanding feedback practitioners to participate in our community’s largest gathering,  Feedback+San Juan. Scholarship recipients invigorated the energy of Feedback+San Juan with their great sessions, creative workshops, and interesting perspectives on panels. Check out an example of their contributions in our latest blog post - Let’s Dance: A New Way to Collaborate -  Written by scholarship recipient, Pavani Peri.

 

Throughout Feedback+San Juan, scholarship recipients impressed us with their energy, expertise, and willingness to share. Now, we look forward to keeping the tradition going and supporting future cohorts of scholars to attend Feedback+ events. Thank you for your commitment to bringing new voices into the conversation at Feedback Labs events. We are grateful for your continued support as we build community to make feedback the norm. 

 

Best wishes,

 

Meg VanDeusen and the Feedback Labs Team

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We can’t do it alone.  

In order to make feedback the norm in aid, philanthropy, non-profits and government, we need a critical mass of practitioners to embrace feedback. We need champions from every sector to advocate for listening, and prioritize beneficiary voice. These practitioners shouldn’t be held back from feedback for financial reasons. And that’s why we are so grateful for your support. Your donation on GlobalGiving has helped feedback practitioners participate in feedback events for a reduced cost.

This October, we were able to support seven practitioners to attend Feedback+New York. They contributed to lively conversations, participated in interactive workshops, and made meaningful connections. Read some of their thoughtful reflections on their experience:

Let’s keep the momentum going! This coming February, we will be supporting ten practitioners to attend Feedback+San Juan. They will dive into conversations about shifting power dynamics, reimaging identity, and  listening in new ways alongside local and global feedback superstars from aid, philanthropy, non-profits, and government. Support an up-and-coming community of practitioners when you donate today.

If you are a feedback practitioner or you know a feedback practitioner who might benefit from a scholarship to Feedback+San Juan, there are still four scholarships left - apply here. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and receive a response by January 10th.

As always, thank you for supporting this community and helping to make feedback the norm.

Best wishes,

Meg VanDeusen and the Feedback Labs Team

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Dear Supporter,

Planning is in full swing as Feedback+New York is rapidly approaching! Feedback+ is our response to feedback from past Summit attendees who asked us to bring in more diverse voices, and bring our events to where feedback action is taking place. Our first stop? New York City. Thanks to your support, it is shaping up to be an event where conversations are with people, not about them, and frontline staff are driving our agenda. Here is what else we have been working on:

1. Scholarships for Feedback+ New York. We want to make sure as many voices are represented at the event, which is why we are awarding partial and full scholarships to Feedback+New York! So far we have awarded two scholarships and are still reviewing incoming applications.

2. Feedback Crash Course in NYC. We are also hosting a Feedback Crash Course in New York, bringing tools and training to local organizations who can then improve and implement feedback practices in their own work! These individuals and organizations are already doing great work and we look forward to hearing how they can take their impact even further by better listening to their constituents!

And in case you missed it:

3. Upcoming equity blog series. Equity and dignity are at the center of feedback. In an upcoming blog series, we will explore the intersections of power, voice and respect and how these factors come into play when building feedback loops. In order to best reflect the feedback community, we are seeking authors from across the sector who can offer unique perspectives.

We are grateful for your support and excited to continue working towards a more equitable feedback field. Feedback is a growing movement, and you are an integral part of its success!

With gratitude,

The Feedback Labs Team

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Dear Supporter,

We have been busy here at Feedback Labs since the 2018 Summit, working with community and network leaders to ensure that listening and acting upon people’s feedback starts with increasing the equity of the feedback field itself. Thanks to your support, we have been able to launch a few exciting projects:

  1. The Core Principles of Constituent Feedback. Recently, we brought the community together to formally define what good feedback means. The resulting principles reflect the notion that people are the best experts in their own lives, and that listening to them effectively means doing so with dignity, inclusivity, responsiveness, and respect for their agency and safety. We are continuing to collect feedback from community members on these Principles and hope to adjust and enhance them over time.
  2. Bringing the conversation to the frontlines: Crash Course in Puerto Rico. Feedback fever has spread beyond DC. We recently wrapped up our first ever Feedback Crash Course in Puerto Rico! The Crash Course was hosted and led by Nuestra Escuela, a local nonprofit that takes a socio-emotional approach to education to increase graduation rates. During the 2-day workshop, Nuestra Escuela employees learned the tools to implement good feedback practices in their work, and we at Feedback Labs learned more about growing the feedback movement through collaboration with local organizations.
  3. Upcoming equity blog series. Equity and dignity are at the center of feedback. In an upcoming blog series, we will explore the intersections of power, voice and respect and how these factors come into play when building feedback loops. In order to best reflect the feedback community, we are seeking authors from across the sector who can offer unique perspectives.

We are grateful for your support and excited to continue working towards a more equitable feedback field. Feedback is a growing movement, and you are an integral part of its success!

 

With gratitude,

The Feedback Labs Team

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Dear Supporter, 

Thanks to your continued support, equity is becoming the center of the feedback conversation.

At the 2018 Feedback Summit, you helped fund equity scholarships for 21 community changemakers working to democratize philanthropy, aid, and governance. Their voices were essential in the development of the Summit and the connections and projects that followed. Take a look at key highlights here!

The feedback movement demands a fundamental shift in aid and philanthropy where "expert" voice will no longer hold all the answers. Feedback respects all voices, not just the powerful or wealthy ones. We, therefore, see feedback as an essential component in the fight for inclusion and justice in the world of aid and philanthropy.

This year at the Feedback Summit, we aim to triple the number of frontline practitioners bringing their voices and expertise to the movement. We invite you to follow along on that journey. We are grateful for your support in valuing every voice. You are part of making the feedback movement a reality!

With gratitude,

Meg VanDeusen, Summit Manager

 

Links: 

Read a recap of the Summit here.

See photos from the Summit here.

Read about the fresh direction of the feedback movement here.

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