By: Karen J. Pittman, President and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment
I knew something was up last winter when I received more than 20 e-mails in a span of 48 hours asking if I had read this new article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Kramer and Kania’s article on collective impact clearly struck a chord. It only took reading a few paragraphs to figure out why: They hit the “innovation” trifecta. Having chosen a topic we all care about and believe in – building partnerships and collaborations – they:
- stated that most partnerships have limited impact (something we all know but don’t often say),
- declared strong partnerships essential, because complex problems require collective impact strategies, and
- told us what we have to do to build collaborations that are up to the task.