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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.

Posted by: Cara Priestley on 12/9/2014

We hear a lot about the five conditions of collective impact; however, the more I’m exposed to collective impact work the more I realize it’s as much about the intangible elements as it is about process, rigor, and outcomes. The beauty of collective impact is watching a diverse set of stakeholders, who may be previously unknown to one another, break bread at the same table – they share successes, failures, hopes and dreams for their community (however they define it). The way people work together and the relationships they build with one another are critical to success. Lack of trust can derail the best intentioned collective impact efforts and stop forward progress in its tracks. The recent Stanford Social Innovation Review article, Essential Mindset Shifts for Collective Impact, reminds us that “real change only happens at the speed of trust.”

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