As a member of the Shusterman Foundation Network Incubator Programme, Mensch joined fellow participants in New York for three enriching days of shared learning. We packed our winter gear, took the customary peppermint crisp gifts, and headed out for what was a fabulous gathering with an incredible line-up of ROI speakers and Shusterman network members.

The gathering brings together leaders from nine different networks, all working to impact people and communities throughout the world. Three days of uninterrupted learning, sharing and support at this residential programme in Tarrytown New York, provided the setting.

In year one, the programme focused on ‘The Value of Networked Communities –  How to Develop Networks and Assess Impact’. Now in year two, with each incubator network having enhanced their offerings and experienced both successes and challenges, the focus has shifted towards “Sharing the Power of the Networked Community”. Programming centred on ‘Peer-Leds’ to learn from one another in order to develop new skills; ‘Case Studies’ to offer new perspectives and advice to fellow participants facing a professional challenge; and ‘Brain Dates’ for one-on-one intentional conversations with a peer.

Talent from the Shusterman ROI Community (Jewish activists, innovators and entrepreneurs) joined the line up to provide expert content in areas such as: Scaling, Using Tech in your Network, Finding Partners and Building Coalitions, Time and Project Management, Dating your Donors, Teaching Empathy, Empowering Communities to Prevent and Stop Genocide, and Jewish Spiritual Meditation.

Participating Networks from Israel, America, Australia, South Africa, include:

Retreatology. A premier training in the art of Jewish Retreat- Making. Creating impactful immersive Jewish gatherings.

LaunchPad. A platform for Jewish Communal innovation to inspire, connect and engage. To provide opportunity for doers, dreamers, leaders, activists and entrepreneurs to re-imagine local Jewish community.

At the Well. Connects woman to body, soul and community through wellness education and Jewish spirituality. At The Well envisions a world where woman feel whole because of their connections to Jewish woman and each other.

Revolve. A community that seeks to catalyse the passion and enhance the leadership skills of exceptional social justice advocates to effect positive change and realise their potential through personal and professional development grounded in Jewish Values

Lazos. Lazos Strengthens Jewish Life across Latin America through community innovation and regional integration. In order to break the current communal paradigms that keep communities isolated

Midburn. A regional event of The Burning man project. The Midburn generator,led by community members, strives to harness the true capacity of alternative communities to create positive impact on Israeli society and onwards.

Double You. A curated community of business minded, self-aware woman who aim to achieve professional success in nurturing your own personal fulfilment. Transformative retreats and shared online wisdom creates this environment for woman to share their wisdom.

Woman Wage Peace. A movement of woman from diverse political religious ethnic social and geographical backgrounds. The movement was born to rekindle hope for a viable future for the region. The goal s to reach an honourable and bilaterally acceptable political agreement for the Israeli and Palestinian Conflict.