On the surface, collective impact is a relatively simple concept. After all, there are only five conditions of collective impact (and not 100), right? Yet, the simplistic elegance of the collective impact approach belies deeper concepts of complexity, emergence, systems thinking, sensing, behavior change, and many others. I’ll be the first to admit that trying to fully understand these concepts can quickly leave you reaching for a bottle of Advil, an ice pack, and the good ol’ days of the five conditions. I have found, though, that leaders who deeply understand the principles behind collective impact are able to guide their initiatives toward structures and strategies that work.