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Posted by: David Phillips on 6/21/2013

This is a story of hope, and guts.

When we talk about Collective Impact, we talk about the collaborative infrastructure that brings order to otherwise messy collaborations and the “essential intangibles” that help collective impact develop organically:  relationship and trust building, leadership identification and development, a culture of learning, connections between people, and the power of hope.  (for more on the essential intangibles, see Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work)

I recently had the honor of working with a cross-sector steering committee in Kent County, Michigan, and based on what I saw there, I’d like to add “guts” to that list.

Posted by: FSG Collective Impact on 3/7/2012

We recently came across the work of the Bürgerstiftung Stuttgart, the Community Foundation of Stuttgart, Germany, which is leveraging the idea of structured roundtables to catalyze multi-sector action on social issues.

A recent essay, by Irene Armbruster, a Board Member of the Breuninger Stiftung, which is funding the initiative, discusses the characteristics of effective roundtables, including:

  • A clear, unambiguous goal;
  • A shared attitude of among participants;
  • A “host and caretaker” that ensures the roundtable is an event participants look forward to; and
  • Shared assumptions, including the “deep conviction that people are in fact capable of creating shared solutions.”
Posted by: Fay Hanleybrown on 2/29/2012

In January, my colleagues and I published Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work to help expand the understanding of collective impact and provide greater guidance for people and organizations seeking to initiate and implement collective impact initiatives. The response has been encouraging, and we continue to learn more about colleagues in the field who are using the five key conditions to catalyze and sustain social change in a variety of areas, from improving health outcomes for the most vulnerable to reducing underage substance abuse.


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