Value Creation & Exchange

What value does the network create and for who? What are the products and services and benefits of joining? How does the value of the network grow and spread?

Supporting good practice & capacity development (workbook)

How can peer networking support the development of good practice and build the skills of network members? What role does trust play in capacity building?

Business models for networks (workbook)

What does a good business model look like for a network? How do you harness the value of the network? What are the costs of running a network?

Business models guide

How is business model for a peer network different? This short guide sets out the key things you need to consider when planning for sustainability.

Business model canvas

Here you’ll find four examples of network business models drawing funds from a variety of services: public funding, private sponsorship, selling services or certifications… Read on and be inspired by these brief case studies!

Community shares resources

Community shares are interesting to networks because they could be used to raise capital for network activities. They can save local shops and pubs, finance renewable energy schemes, transform community facilities, support local food growing, fund new football clubs, restore heritage buildings, and above all, build stronger, more vibrant, and independent communities.

What makes a network sustainable

Jane Wood from Business in the Community talks to us about building a sustainable network by listening to members, being clear on the unique value that your network brings and why, and importance of having a good balance between passion for the cause and commercial acumen.

Supporting innovation (workbook)

How do you foster innovation? Is there an innovation process? What kills creativity?

Scaling innovation - group decision-making toolkit

Making good decisions can be critical when it comes to managing growth. Based on research into the development of previous social innovations, this toolkit will help you to make clear and confident group decisions about scaling up.

Growing networks case studies

These short case studies can help you explore the risks and benefits of growing and diversifying your network. Use them as a tool for individual reflection or group discussion.

How can change be achieved within a network

Esther Foreman from the Social Change Agency talks to us about what you need to think about when campaigning, how you can manage the fast-paced nature of a campaign in a network and using the network to shift opinions and build power behind the change you want to see.

Campaigning, advocacy and systems change (workbook)

How can understanding power help drive change? What makes a campaign winnable?

Unlock the power of a diverse network

Laura Robertson from Contentious talks to us about uniting diverse perspectives and empowerment to build authentic, successful campaigns.

Movement Building Canvas

The Movement Building Canvas is a practical framework to help you, your team or your organisation design your movement for maximum impact. Tested with NGOs, community groups and start-ups, it can be used at any time to explore movement building ideas.