Convening Model

We plan and host meetings that have impact on the future of the environment and our community.

Convening Model

We firmly believe there are solutions to the myriad of societal problems we face, no matter how large or complex. But, solutions are only as effective as the breadth, depth and duration of active support they receive. Our unique convening model is designed to ensure our conferences inspire solutions with that kind of sustained impact.

The Johnson Foundation Convening Value Chain

Tackling the many issues that afflict our society requires a progression through a series of distinct process phases. By systematically engaging individuals at each stage in this process, we steadily advance the issue along the value chain toward results. Intimate face-to-face meetings have proven to be a critical way to ensure movement from one stage to the next.

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  • Efforts to solve social problems  progress through a series of distinct process phases.
  • The purpose of systematically assembling and engaging individuals (i.e. "convening") is to advance the particular subject along the value chain toward generation of results.
  • Small face-to-face meetings can be a critical way to ensure movement from one stage to another (versus staying within a stage)
  • Convening "machine" can be directed at myriad social problems or issue areas