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Posted by: David Garfunkel on 3/23/2015

In the three short years since FSG’s John Kania and Mark Kramer published “Collective Impact” in Stanford Social Innovation Review, we’ve been floored at the concept’s growth. Perhaps most notably, the Collective Impact Forum, which was launched early last year in collaboration with the Aspen Institute, has already reached over 9,500 members.

Posted by: Afi Tengue on 2/5/2015

John Brown is 19 years old and from the 75215 zip code in South Dallas, Texas. He’s been in and out of the system 3 times since he turned 14 – both juvenile detention and federal incarceration. His community is 70% African-American with under-enrolled public schools, high rates of joblessness and off-the chart STD rates compared to the city average. 70% of the population doesn’t have access to a car, yet there are minimal public transportation options. 93% of the homes in the area are worth less than $100,000 and the region is a food desert – there is little-to no access to fresh produce. 49% of the community does not have a high school diploma or an equivalency and South Dallas has lost 54% of its population between 1970 and 2000, leaving a predominantly poor community with few options to climb the American economic ladder of opportunity.

Posted by: Melissa Oomer on 1/14/2015

Collective impact offers a structured approach with specific processes to achieve effective collaboration. But how can these structures be flexible to respond to new issues or ideas that arise during the collective impact process?

Posted by: Cara Priestley on 12/15/2014

In my last blog I discussed the power of trust in collective impact, speaking from my personal experience in South Dallas to facilitate a community revitalization collective impact initiative. This effort combines systems-level players with a grassroots approach, resulting in multiple layers of community stakeholders. With so many disparate participants at the table, the importance of trust building cannot be overstated. We still have a lot of progress to make, but we’ve committed to building trust with community stakeholders through the following approaches:

Posted by: Alex Horton on 12/12/2014

There is no denying that collective impact has become a social sector buzzword. It’s often used as a blanket term for community efforts and grassroots movements, applied to many models of people working together for social change.

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