Feedback LabsSeptember 6, 2019

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At the 2018 Feedback Summit we heard from a new set of critical voices: the GlobalGiving Disaster Feedback Fellows. From sessions on “Community-Visioning Post Disaster” to “Establishing Community Representation from the Ground Up,” these Fellows challenged the Feedback Community to see feedback as the only way to get their work right.

Last year’s program was so successful, that we are excited to announce the 2019-2020 Feedback Fellows Program, a cohort of ten frontline practitioners who are currently utilizing feedback practices in their work and will be supported by Feedback Labs for a year-long fellowship to deepen that practice.

This program will cultivate, support, and connect the next group of feedback professionals and movement makers.

Thanks to the continued partnership of GlobalGiving and the support of the Siegel Family Endowment, we’re able to expand the program this year to be a year-long fellowship that trains, supports and cultivates ten feedback fellows from across the globe.

Within the fellowship, GlobalGiving will continue to support five Disaster Feedback Fellows – disaster relief and recovery practitioners seeking to build a community of practice among disaster relief and recovery organizations that collect community feedback and implement changes to improve their work. The Siegel Family Endowment is offering the opportunity to five additional Feedback Fellows from various areas of work.

All Feedback Fellows will spend one week in San Juan, Puerto Rico learning from each other, developing feedback skills, promoting their projects to an audience of peers and funders, and presenting at and attending the 2020 Feedback+San Juan Summit on February 26 – 28, 2020.

San Juan houses some of the world’s leading practitioners of feedback, and it represents an island primed for further action. This Summit will bring together local and global leading thinkers, practitioners, funders, and researchers to talk about closing feedback loops in aid, philanthropy, and government.

Ready to apply? You can find the application here. If you want to learn more about the program, read on!

Who is a Feedback Fellow?

Feedback Fellows are people who work in nonprofits, government, or philanthropy who believe that their constituents, clients, and beneficiaries should have a say in the work and decisions that affect them. We are looking for people with a range of experiences collecting and using feedback – from expert to novice! – so that we can learn and grow with each other.

What does the Fellowship look like?

Feedback Fellows will have access every month to webinars from experts in feedback collection and use (including their predecessor Feedback Fellows cohort!) as they gear up for the week-long in-person experience in Puerto Rico. There, they will spend their first day learning from each other as they share their experiences navigating their work and creating their own feedback plan in a one-day Crash Course. After the course, all Fellows will share their experiences at the three-day Feedback+San Juan Summit where they will learn from other practitioners, grow their network and their work, and tell their stories to new donors or media outlets.

Following their week in San Juan, and with the support of Feedback Labs, GlobalGiving, and the Siegel Family Endowment, the 2019 Feedback Fellows will help drive feedback learning and peer exchanges within their own communities and the greater feedback community.

This includes presenting their feedback plan and developing work at a LabStorm, creating a Feedback Workshop back home, implementing their feedback plan in their community.

The Benefits
  • One week of in-person feedback programming and networking, including full tuition to attend the one-day Feedback Crash Course on February 25 and Feedback+San Juan Summit on February 26 – 28, 2019
  • Opportunity to present your work to leaders in aid, philanthropy, and government in a poster session at Feedback+San Juan, with the opportunity for a speaking role
  • Travel and accommodation for one week in San Juan
  • Opportunity to speak about your organization’s work in front of funders and peer organizations
  • Opportunity to be featured in Feedback Labs social media, Blog, and/or newsletter
  • One-on-one feedback practice support from the Feedback Labs team
  • Receive monthly newsletter and attend monthly webinars including expert presentations, education resources, latest research, and Fellow Features
  • Opportunity to be published on Feedback Labs’ blog
  • FBL on retainer of advice and coaching
  • FBL supports Fellow-led workshops upon return to their home organizations
  • Optional Programming: Feedback+New York event, one day gathering in Baltimore
The Requirements
  • In-person presence in San Juan, Puerto Rico February 25 – 28, 2019.
  • Participation in the three-day Feedback+San Juan Summit on February 26 – 28, 2019
  • Participation in the one-day Feedback Crash Course on February 25, 2019 (either as a participant or a trainer – we know some of you are already experts in this topic!)
  • Ability to speak about your organization’s work to a larger audience (either as an individual, on a panel, during a webinar, or as a table leader)
  • Creation of one blog post about the work that your organization is carrying out related to community feedback
If you’re a GlobalGiving Partner working on disaster recovery work, there are additional opportunities for your involvement. Read more here.

Fill out this short form by September 23 to apply! As always, feel free to reach out to [email protected] with any questions.

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