Author: Alison Lin

Why Experiment?

Linking STP’s internal experiments to their mission In May, we presented a webinar focusing on Learning through Experimentation. Eugene and I outlined the experimentation process, and Jodie and Eden shared STP’s motivation and the practices that have shifted, challenged, and opened up their organization. This blog post situates STP’s internal experiments within the larger context of supporting and challenging a network of progressive leaders, drawing from what was shared in our webinar. You can watch the webinar and learn more and read an overview here. Here’s Jodie’s eloquent explanation of the motivations for learning through experimentation: STP is building a functional cross-movement network of progressive leaders who think long term, share a common agenda, and can move to action together. At the heart of the network are 21 powerful movement leaders from across issue areas that have far-reaching influence and lead critical progressive institutions. Since 2010, we have supported them (the Wye River network) to connect deeply, build trust, strategize, experiment, and collaborate in ways that strengthen our power and unite our progressive voices. This group of leaders …

Flashback to 2015

With the new year, STP is starting a new phase of experimenting that will include both internally- and  externally-facing experiments. This post is a reminder of what our first phase was like together. Experiment Update from November 16, 2015: STP staff continues to rock on experiments. Last week we debriefed the Wye, Help Us experiment. This was a simple and straightforward experiment that came up in response to an email soliciting takeaways from an in-person meeting. However, taking the time to debrief uncovered new experiment possibilities. It became clear that the quality of virtual engagement and response rates is something around which we should be intentional about experimenting (likely in Phase 1 of the network planning process). Specifically, we might want to get more concrete about our expectations around engagement and create a dashboard to aggregate and track how we’re doing across all STP networks. On our weekly experiment checkin call, we asked STP staff and our consultant team to reflect on some of the challenges and high points seven weeks into the process. Below …

Experimentation Begins and You’re Invited!

We are in the experiment process! This an update on our current experiments and instructions for how to start your own experiments. You can see an overview of all our ideas and tests on our dashboard. Many thanks to Amy Wu for getting this first iteration up and running so quickly. BIG PICTURE, little picture: Our BIG Picture, little picture test is about to wrap up and so far the results are overall positive in terms of creating more connection to self, work and the team at weekly team meetings. Here is a reflection from Eden: The centering & big picture/little picture experiments have both been incredibly grounding. The centering exercise quiets all of the “noise” and has left me feeling better connected to myself & my team. Big pic/little pic really opened up the door to honest and important conversations that our team rarely has time & space for. Stay tuned as we’ll be analyzing our data and culling out lessons learned in the next two weeks. Log it or Lose it: Simultaneously, the STP …