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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.”

Posted by: Veronica Borgonovi on 11/13/2014

Collective impact is a promising approach for addressing complex problems – those which are ever-changing, interconnected, and cannot be solved by a single actor.

Posted by: Samantha King on 11/3/2014

Imagine for a moment you live in a rural village in sub-Saharan Africa, where access to clean water is a remote possibility. Imagine the sense of promise and opportunity you would feel with the construction of a water facility, funded by a consortium of international aid agencies and the local water authority. Imagine the disappointment as you watch the infrastructure lose its luster without support for operations, maintenance, or repairs. The system to ensure water is delivered is fractured. Over time, the physical infrastructure will deteriorate until it collapses, leaving you without water services until another agency comes along to replace the facility entirely.

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