Skid Row School for Large-Scale Change

Who Should Attend?

The Billions Institute invites anyone who is committed to creating a more just and thriving planet to register for the Skid Row School. Don’t be intimidated by the large-scale change language. For example, if you’re working in one school and you’re ready to spread your intervention to 5 or 10 schools – that’s plenty big enough. We have found that being pretty certain about what it is that you want to spread is helpful. If you’re still trying to figure that out, it might be helpful to wait a few months.

We recommend organizations send two or three leaders to the course together as there is ample time for application. Some teams use the Skid Row School as a mini-strategic retreat and have accomplished massive shifts over just four days.

Special note for foundations: Even though you are situated differently from the non-profit organizations attending, there is plenty of value for you here. Some foundation executives use what they learn at the Skid Row School to refine their philanthropic approach and create conditions that make spread/scale more likely for their grantees. Others have scaling plans of their own and use their time at the school as a strategic retreat or refresh. 

“I knew that leading large-scale change would be exhilarating work. What I didn’t know was that it could also feel incredibly isolating. Skid Row School gave me a community to call “home” in this crazy journey — a safe harbor to openly discuss challenges and barriers, to try on new ways of thinking, seeing and doing, to confront my own fears and biases, and to be inspired by the sheer humanity and ambition represented in the room.” ~ Eunice Nicols, Vice President at Encore.org


“Being a change agent in the world is a fullKatie Hongcontact sport and requires that you bring your best in mind, body and spirit. If you want to be a more effective change agent and do the work in community with other incredible change agents, then I would HIGHLY recommend the Skid Row School. This has been a transformational experience and I love being part of the Skid Row School community.”             ~ Katie Hong, Director of Raikes Foundation

Maša Užičanin “This seminar translates large-scale change into a set of concrete actions you can take tomorrow. If you’re looking to go beyond theory then this is the training for you. The faculty have done the hard work of large-scale change which makes all the difference. Their shared experiences of collective successes, and failures, inspired and reignited my flame and made me believe that the change I personally want to see is possible after all.” ~ Maša Užičanin, Executive Director of Sevenzo

Holmes Hummel “Devoting a week to this smart, structured process advanced our work by light years” ~ Holmes Hummel, Clean Energy Work

Marc Skvirsky “The passion, creativity, and skillful facilitation was evident and  energizing every minute of the workshop – no small feat with a room full of seasoned professionals. I left with so many innovative tools and strategies that will assist our organization as we scale to have an even greater impact in helping to create a more just society.”~ Marc Skvirsky, VP Facing History and Ourselves 

Jenn Hoos Rothberg“This is truly a “master class” for large-scale social change. I will look back on my experience as a catalyst in my own work and personal transformation. I will be able to apply this approach and lessons learned throughout my life.” ~Jenn Hoos Rothberg, Executive Director, Einhorn Family Charitable Trust

Tom Low Playworks (1) “This is not death by PowerPoint! This is all about doing: ideating, testing, piloting and iterating. As a practitioner of nonprofit scaling and systems transformation, I found the Billions approach, supported by the Switch framework, gave me the confidence that leading transformative scale is indeed possible.” ~ Tom Low, Chief Financial Officer, Playworks

Mary Tobin “I keep bragging about the Skid Row School and how it was literally the BEST training I’ve ever been to. Becky is every good thing anyone has ever said about her. Thank you for being so authentic and selfless in your desire to share your experiences with all of us. You made me feel like I can literally change the world and that’s just what I plan to do.” ~ Mary Tobin, Director, Brownsville Partnership

Amy Baker “I say this without hyperbole – this was the best training I’ve ever been to. It felt complete and whole to all sides of what it takes to pull off large-scale social change. It’s not just the strategy and aim; it’s also as importantly how you function as a human being and leader. Somehow the “fluffy” stuff didn’t feel fluffy, and that was a huge benefit. I felt like I was in a room of “do-ers” not a room of consultants, and that shared vibe was as palpable as it was helpful.~Amy Baker, Managing Director at Service Nation

 

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