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Posted by: Katherine Errecart on 6/29/2012

I attended the SOAR Putting the Pieces Together Conference last week and participated in an interesting ice breaker during a session focused on collective impact. Before the session began, the facilitators had each of us respond to prompts that were written on several posters hung around the room.

Posted by: FSG Collective Impact on 6/18/2012

by Kat Allen, Co-Chair, Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin

Hello Fellow Fans of Collective Impact!

If you read the article “Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work”, then you are already somewhat familiar with the Communities That Care Coalition of Franklin County and the North Quabbin.  We are a collective impact initiative in rural Western Massachusetts that has been working toward reducing teen substance use since 2003. In the 9 years of our coalition’s work, youth cigarette smoking has decreased by 45%, marijuana use has decreased by 31%, alcohol use has decreased by 37%, and binge drinking has decreased by 50%!

Posted by: Robert Albright on 6/12/2012

In his Spring 2012 Stanford Social Innovation Review column on “A Decade of Outcome-Oriented Philanthropy,” Paul Brest, the outgoing president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, describes how foundations have played increasingly active problem-solving roles over the past ten years by building fields, brokering collaborative arrangements, and supporting systems change and advocacy.

Posted by: Rebecca Weissburg on 6/11/2012

“You have GOT to be kidding me!” I muttered, as I juggled my cell phone, grocery bag, purse, and bike helmet to open the medical bill that just arrived in my mailbox: More than $1,000 for a minor exam I was sure had been covered by my insurance provider. After a phone call to the doctor’s office and a longer, more frustrating call with the insurance company, I realized the procedure had been covered – the portion I was paying was less than a quarter of the “cost” of the exam. How on earth could something so minor have cost so much? And, more disconcertingly, why was I just finding out about it now?

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