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Posted by: Jennifer Splansky Juster on 12/2/2013

Two weeks ago, we announced The Collective Impact Forum: our new partnership with the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions to share, curate and create the knowledge, networks, and tools to accelerate the adoption and increase the rigor of collective impact.

Posted by: Jennifer Splansky Juster on 11/25/2013

After two successful events for backbone leaders in the last year, we are excited to announce the 2014 edition of Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact, to be held in San Francisco (February 11 - 13) and Vancouver, BC (April 1 - 3).  This event will be hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, a new initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, in partnership with the Tamarack Institute.

Posted by: Jennifer Splansky Juster on 8/12/2013

Exciting collective impact news! Last month, the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions has announced grants to 21 founding communities for their Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund (OYIF).  The OYIF will fund collective impact initiatives that bring stakeholders together from all sectors of the community to improve education and employment outcomes for opportunity youth, defined as Americans 16-24 who are disconnected from education and work.  As FSG and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions continue to bring resources on collective impact to the field through a new partnership, we look forward to learning from the experiences of these sites and sharing this learning with the field.

Posted by: Jennifer Splansky Juster on 4/22/2013

FSG, the Strive Network, Tamarack, and the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions recently hosted a three-day workshop for leaders from backbone organizations of mature collective impact initiatives. This blog is part of a series sharing learning and reflection from the workshop.


FSG's John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown at the Backbone Workshop


During the recent workshop for backbone leaders in Cincinnati, one of the questions that arose time and again was: How do backbone organizations mobilize the funding and resources required to support and sustain the work of the collective impact initiative over time?

Posted by: Jennifer Splansky Juster on 1/22/2013
by Jennifer Splansky and John Kania

Complex social problems cannot be solved by a single organization, predetermined solution, or simple recipe. Our new Stanford Social Innovation Review article Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity explores how collective impact creates the conditions for change to happen differently, when new or unanticipated opportunities emerge from the work being done by the collective.

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