The book Connecting to Change the World features the work of Ullman Consulting’s Principal, Maggie Ullman, for her work founding the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. This book is an excellent resource for start-up networks and established networks in need of a tune up. “When Ullman set out to start a network in 2012, she had many questions: Who should she ask to join? What should she tell them they’d get out of participating? How many people should she ask? How could she make them feel that it was their network, not just hers?” If you or your organizations are asking these similar questions you can learn more about the book here…
Ullman Consulting’s Principal, Maggie Ullman, is a co-author of Investing Strategically in Social-Impact Networks, the companion guide to Connecting to Change the World. This guidebook is written for grant makers who are interested in supporting networks to drive social change. While networks offer opportunities to advance the goals of foundations, they also require a uniquely proactive relationship between funder and grantee. The guidebook is a blueprint for maximizing results.
Ullman recently wrote a quest blog article, Illuminating Homegrown Solutions: Streetlights in Borneo. The Life After Carbon blog is a preview of thinking in the upcoming book with the working title of the same name. In this book Pete Plastrik and John Cleveland explore how cities are transforming themselves—reinventing their built and natural environments, economies, and cultures—in the process of addressing climate change, and how they are doing this in unprecedented collaboration with other cities throughout the global South and North.
In the fall of 2012, Grist, an online source of environmental news and commentary, ran a fun series, Knope and Change, playing off the popular TV series Parks and Recreation that featured Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope, a do gooder community champion working in the Parks Department of her local government. Maggie Ullman was one of the real-life women “working to make our cities sustainable” that Grist interviewed for the series: “Maggie Ullman takes an ecological approach to bureaucracy. ‘Everyone complains about silos in government, but it’s just like talking about monocropping,’ she says. ‘If we cross-pollinate more and have richer diversity of thought and experience, we are going to have a more vibrant ecosystem.’” Click here to read more… Click here for a few chuckles from the real Parks and Recreation TV show.