Fellows Program

Become a Fellow

We created the Fellows program to cultivate leaders in Maine who know how to foster collective action on issues and in areas that would benefit from it – and who understand the enormous importance of relationships to this work. Each round of the program is 18 months long, includes 12-20 leaders from across sectors and issue areas and is focused on those working in Maine. The inaugural cohort ended its 18-month program in the fall of 2013, the second cohort in 2015, and the third cohort in May 2018.  The fourth cohort is scheduled to begin in fall 2018. The Fellows Program uses a peer learning approach based on the belief that on-the- ground practitioners are themselves the best learners and trainers. Fellows learn from each other and from carefully chosen books and articles both the theory and the emerging best practices of the network approach. Each session balances skills development from “on-the-ground experts” – those who are actively applying theories and approaches to real situations – with case studies and other approaches that rely upon active peer involvement and learning. The program encourages free-ranging idea exchange, peer consultation, open examination of past and current successes and failures, and the nurturing of long-lasting relationships.

MNP Fellows are Maine leaders who are actively addressing systemic problems by building communities of people who are connected to and impacted by the issue they are trying to solve. Fellows possess the following attributes:

    • They recognize the need for a wide array of thinkers and doers to make lasting change, and know how to cultivate useful contributions from and between them.
    • They believe in the power of the “We” over the “I” and have high enough self-awareness to routinely distinguish between the two.
    • They are willing to invest time in building and nurturing ongoing relationships.
    • They value the collective over the individual as a starting point, while recognizing that not all decisions or actions benefit by being done collectively.
    • They have the courage to step forward and lead when the path is not clear, and the outcome is uncertain.
    • They are willing to let go of control of the process and outcomes while still demonstrating observable, effective leadership.
    • They are willing to fail in the name of new learning and the potential for meaningful, lasting, change.
    • They are naturally curious and genuinely interested in the thoughts and ways of others.
    • They are motivated by a powerful desire to help improve conditions for individuals and communities.

Become a Fellow

Have you read about our Fellows program? Are you interested in becoming a fellow in our next class? While we update our website and add materials, please contact us to learn more on how to become a fellow.