#NetTalks, a Schusterman initiative, is a multifaceted series of webinars designed to facilitate communal discussion on a wide range of leading topics related to Jewish life, philanthropy, leadership and current events. #NetTalks participants have the opportunity to engage in meaningful discussions with peers and experts to share knowledge and leverage new information to support their work and efforts to create social change.
Current #NetTalks Offerings
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Israel: On the Ground
This summer saw an intense escalation in the conflict between Israel and Hamas and increased turmoil across the Middle East. Join former State Department special advisor and Middle East diplomacy expert, David Makovsky, for a special analysis of these events, their implications for Israel and the region and an important look at the road ahead.
Topic: Israel: On the Ground
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Time: 12:00PM EST – 1:00PM EST
Moderator: Lisa Eisen, National Director, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
David Makovsky, Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy
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Gaming for Good
Can games be a tool for social change? Join us for an eye-opening look at the positive side of digital games and how they can support your organization’s mission.
Asi Burak of Games for Change will discuss what it looks like to incorporate “gamification” into your efforts to engage new audiences and deepen your impact, with particular focus on social justice fields.
Asi will be joined by Kfir Damari of SpaceIL, an organization that is currently using social gaming in its quest to land the first Israeli spacecraft on the moon.
Jasmine Bulin of Theorify will also provide a glimpse of the prototype for SpaceIL Academy, the winning game from the Games for Change Shoot for the Moon Contest.
Topic: Games for Social Impact
Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 12:00PM EST-1:00PM EST
Moderator: Yaniv Rivlin, Program Officer, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Asi Burak, President, Games for Change
Kfir Damari, Founder, Team SpaceIL
Jasmine Bulin, Director of New Development, Theorify
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Ukraine: On the Ground
As news from Ukraine continues to grip headlines, many people across the country and around the world are voicing concern for the welfare of the 350,000 Jews living there.
This special edition #NetTalks webinar, hosted by Schusterman and JDC Entwine, will include an overview of recent developments in the region and discussion with experts on the situation. It will also feature personal stories from young adults about daily life in Ukraine and updates on the work of the JDC, the Hessed network and other humanitarian organizations to ensure that Ukraine’s Jewish communities continue to receive critical support during this difficult time.
Get a live update from the ground as our featured presenters take you inside Ukraine.
Topic: Ukraine: On the Ground
Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Time: 1:00PM EST-2:00PM EST
Moderator: Seth Cohen, Director of Network Initiatives, Schusterman Philanthropic Network
Aliona Druzhynina, PR and Mission Manager, JDC Kiev
Oksana Galkevich, Ukraine External Relations and Government Affairs Director, JDC FSU
Sasha Oleynikova, Regional Coordinator, Hillel CASE
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Alumni Engagement Series
The Schusterman Philanthropic Network and Jim Joseph Foundation hosted #NetTalks: Alumni Engagement Series, which was a free, five-part webinar series for Jewish professionals who want to tap into the power and potential of alumni networks. This series occurred once a month between December 2013 and March 2014.
Participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas and best practices for catalyzing alumni networks with world-renowned experts, like Dan Ariely and Beth Kanter. They also learned how to create best-in-class alumni experiences from professional advisors and leading practitioners.
Topic: From Love to the Workplace: Lessons on Human Motivation
Presenter: Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University
Description: Motivating alumni to stay engaged is essential to the success of any alumni network. This can be especially challenging as today’s young adults are members of multiple communities and participants in many diverse experiences. Learn how to break through the many demands on young alumni’s time and inspire them to be active in your network.
Topic: Leveraging Social Media to Engage and Inspire Your Alumni Network
Presenter: Beth Kanter, renowned speaker, author, master trainer and blogger
Description: In this era of overwhelming inundation of data and messages, an organization’s relationships help it achieve results. But many nonprofits are not properly measuring whether their engagement efforts are worth the time and cost. Based on her book, “Measuring the Networked Nonprofit,” winner of the 2013 Terry McAdam Award, Beth Kanter will share frameworks, strategies and practical tips for engaging with your network in ways that lead to measurable results.
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Topic: Mobilizing the Network: The Power of Friends
Presenter: James Fowler, Professor of Medical Genetics and Political Science, University of California, San Diego
Description: In the past decade a number of online platforms have sprung up that allow us to collect massive amounts of interaction data. Recent work shows that these online interactions can be used to predict face-to-face relationships, meaning that these digital footprints allow us to identify potential friendships. In this webinar, James Fowler will describe research that shows three ways we can use this information to improve our power to predict and shape behavior.
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Topic: Meeting Alumni Career Needs on a Limited Budget
Presenters: Russ Finkelstein, Managing Director, Clearly NEXT
Description: Career development is one of the most pressing alumni needs and yet one of the most difficult services to provide with limited resources. Russ will share his experiences developing effective, scalable career programs at low-cost for adults of all ages and incomes.
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Topic: Case Studies: Successful Alumni Networks in Action
Presenters: No’a Gorlin, Associate Executive Director, ROI Community; Or Mars, Director, Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program
Description: The closing session of the #NetTalks Alumni Engagement Webinar series featured case studies by the ROI Community and Wexner Fellowship. No’a Gorlin and Or Mars will be reflecting on their experiences and sharing best practices from their respective alumni networks.
Webinars are open to the public. Registration required.