The KC Connector Project is a unique effort to recognize, support and connect the many people doing great things in our community to further the education of our young people and/or develop a supportive community for entrepreneurs and new businesses!
The KC Connector Project aims to generate an exciting community conversation on everything from education to entrepreneurship—a conversation that explores different models of leadership by asking you to identify key community members that make things happen. We want to celebrate these unique people and their efforts in improving our community.
To conduct the project objectively, data collection and analyses is managed by NetForm™, an independent, internationally recognized leader in the field of social networks. Your personal information and information related to your nominations are kept confidential.
Recognize and celebrate key connectors making a difference in furthering the education of our youth, and supporting the development and success of entrepreneurs in the Greater Kansas City region.
Learn from these important community leaders about their efforts to improve our educational and entrepreneurial systems, navigate obstacles, and leverage success.
Generate ideas and discussion about how we, as a community, can provide resources and opportunities to build strong community networks beneficial to new members and seasoned connectors alike.
Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell described connectors as the people who make it possible to bring great ideas to fruition through their ability to create change in their communities. Connectors are not always in positions of authority but have capacity to lead, and influence change through their network of connections.
Several regional efforts in Philadelphia, Louisville, Lexington and Portland took this idea to heart, engaged Dr. Karen Stephenson (a social network analyst referenced in Gladwell’s work), and set out to find their own hidden leaders. The result was an outpouring of thousands of new names in each region followed by a community conversation about how everyday actions can make a big difference.
The KC Connector Project is a community-wide effort to recognize, celebrate and support the unsung heroes of the Greater Kansas City area—the leaders that connect us and make the Kansas City region an amazing place to live, learn, and grow.
…improve education? Does your work aim to education our young people, improve our school system and/or create learning opportunities throughout the community?
…support entrepreneurship? Are you working to build a new business, create a robust economy and/or provide support to growing companies?
…develop BOTH education and entrepreneurship? Does your work aim to improve education and learning opportunities, as well as support entrepreneurship and/or a robust economy for our community?
It starts with you nominating the heroes you know in the Greater Kansas City community! They may be people working below the radar, or people in positions of traditional leadership. What they have in common is that they make a difference developing a supportive community for entrepreneurs and/or furthering the education of our young people.
The KC Connector Project is open to all community members in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, including Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri, as well as Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas. Broad-based participation in the nomination process is critical to success, and everyone in the Kansas City region is being asked to reach out to their personal and professional networks to encourage individuals to make nominations.
All nominations and other personal information will remain confidential. We are asking you to provide an email address for each of your nominees so that we may invite these key connectors to make nominations of their own.
Once nominations are in, we will conduct additional research and analyses to create visual "maps" of the ecosystems of collaboration supporting education and entrepreneurship in the Kansas City region, and recognizing the community leaders sustaining our community and affecting change. This mapping and analysis will identify how different sectors of our community interact, and help individuals develop informed strategies for expanding their own networks.
To do this objectively, we have engaged Dr. Karen Stephenson, an independent, internationally recognized anthropologist and pioneer in the field of social networks. This field explores how an individual’s connections within a community can effect change.
These insights provide a way of recognizing and celebrating the often-overlooked individuals that play key roles in improving the community, and meaningful ways for the community to strengthen and enhance the foundational network that supports the education of our youth, and the success of our economy.
Following analysis, key connectors will be contacted, and only those who wish to be recognized will be publically identified as leaders in the community. A report summarizing and visualizing the network analysis findings will be publically released. Individuals in these analyses and visualizations will remain anonymous. All personal information is kept confidential.
These findings will provide a meaningful platform for the community to discuss aspects of the Kansas City educational and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and identify ways to match opportunities and resources with community needs.
We want to recognize the accomplishments and hard work of these unsung community leaders. Planning is currently underway to celebrate our community’s key connectors, but we can always do more! Do you have a great idea for recognizing KC connectors? Are you interested in sponsoring an event to further support these unsung heroes? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at: email@example.com.
The Kansas City Connector Project is open to all community members in Kansas City and the surrounding areas, including Jackson, Clay, Cass and Platte counties in Missouri, as well as Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas.
We are asking you to provide names and emails so that we can contact your nominees and invite them to make nominations of their own.
If you haven’t already, complete the Sign-Up Form, and we’ll send you a secure link you can use to nominate the KC connectors you know!
It is possible that you may have already received an invite. If you were previously nominated by someone else an email inviting you to participate was sent to the email address provided by your nominator. Check your inbox for an email from: KC-Connector@KauffmanFoundation.org (it may be in your spam folder). You can also complete the Recover Email Form, at any time, and we’ll send you a new invitation. If you aren’t seeing your invitation, send us an email at: info@SNA-Connector.com. We’re happy to help!
We have engaged Dr. Karen Stephenson, an independent internationally recognized researcher who has conducted similar surveys in other cities. After the nominations are submitted, Dr. Stephenson will analyze the nomination data to identify key connectors, and overarching patterns in the network. These findings will be incorporated into a public report to be released this summer.
All nomination data will remain confidential, and key connectors will only be publically identified if they choose to grant their permission to be recognized. Planning is currently underway to celebrate our community’s key connectors, but we can always do more! Do you have a great idea for recognizing KC connectors? Are you interested in sponsoring an event to further support these unsung heroes? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at: iinfo@SNA-Connector.com.
Don't forget to tell your friends and colleagues about the project and encourage them to make their own nominations. Feel free to share with your contacts and on social media. Help us get the word out!
Do you have a great idea for recognizing KC connectors? Are you interested in sponsoring an event to further support these unsung heroes? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Email: info@SNA-Connector.com Feel free to contact us at any time! We’re happy to answer any questions or help with any technical issues you may have with the website. We’re always interested in hearing ideas about how we can make the KC Connector Project better, include more people in the project, or ways to recognize our community’s key connectors and strengthen our educational and entrepreneurial ecosystems! We’d love to hear from you!