Impact Networks: A Better Way to Tackle Big Issues Together

The Future Age

Jun 14 2023 • 23 mins

Explore the potential of Impact Networks in shaping the future of aging. Through conversation with David Ehrlichman, author of "Impact Networks," host Zannat Reza uncovers the concept & benefits of these purpose-driven networks, which bring together diverse groups, organizations, and stakeholders to address complex issues that no single entity can alone.  We learn about the principles of network mindset, cultivating trust, and the role of leadership in fostering effective collaboration through Impact Networks.

Next, Zannat delves into the role & potential of Impact Networks in changing the aging landscape in Canada with John Yip, President & CEO of SE Health. They explore the importance of inter-generational relationships, grassroots groups, community engagement, and the fluidity of impact networks as an effective tool. They also discuss the challenges of taking action and the powerful role of storytelling and emotions in igniting social movements. In particular, they reflect on how the COVID-19 pandemic shed light on ageism and hopefully will lead to change for older adults. Join Zannat as we find new ways of tackling the complex world of aging through Impact Networks.

Chapter Time Stamps:

(00:00:00) What’s an Impact Network

Zannat introduces the concept of Impact Networks as a way to address complex, interconnected issues. Impact Networks involve multiple players from different sectors collaborating around a shared purpose.

(00:02:00) The Essence of Impact Networks

David Ehrlichman, author of "Impact Networks," joins Zannat to discuss the shift from a hierarchical mindset to a network mindset & its importance in collaboration.

(00:05:29) Overcoming Challenges in Building Impact Networks

Zannat explores challenges faced when building an impact network, David suggests that engaging with others across the system can help shift mindsets, so convening together is essential.

(00:07:53) Leadership and Cultivating Impact Networks

Leadership plays a crucial role in cultivating impact networks, despite the absence of command and control. Change in impact networks occurs at the speed of trust.

(00:09:24) Impact Networks Shaping the Future of Aging

Zannat interviews John Yip, President and CEO of SE Health & they discuss Impact Networks within the aging ecosystem, involving individuals, academia, service providers, caregivers, and clients.

(00:12:10) Importance of Multiple Generations

Discussion of the need for solutions that involve multiple generations and engage future older adults.

(00:13:58) Stakeholders in Impact Networks

John describes the key stakeholders needed for a true impact network. But even with everyone at the table, there is still the challenge of actually creating change through implementation.

(00:17:03) COVID-19 as a Tipping Point

The potential of the COVID-19 pandemic as a tipping point for taking action against ageism is considered as a driver of policy changes.

(00:18:04) The Power of Storytelling

Zannat & John explore the power of storytelling in igniting strong emotions and propelling social movements, particularly in combating ageism.

(00:19:12) Impact Networks in Action

John highlights the importance of individuals and communities outside formal organizations who are building grassroots networks.

(00:20:42) Future of Aging: The Final 2 Questions
David & John answer the final 2 future of aging questions we ask all our guests.

  • (00:00) - What’s an Impact Network
  • (02:00) - The Essence of Impact Networks
  • (05:29) - Overcoming Challenges in Building Impact Networks
  • (07:53) - Leadership and Cultivating Impact Networks
  • (09:24) - Impact Networks Shaping the Future of Aging
  • (12:10) - Importance of Multiple Generations
  • (13:58) - Stakeholders in Impact Networks
  • (17:03) - COVID-19 as a Tipping Point
  • (18:04) - The Power of Storytelling
  • (19:12) - Impact Networks in Action
  • (20:42) - Future of Aging: The Final 2 Questions

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