This post, which originally appeared on the Collective Impact Forum, offers insight on the 2019 Collective Impact Convening.
Collective impact practitioners have an insatiable appetite for tools, case studies, and other actionable resources on the “how” of collective impact: how to embed equity in planning and implementation, how to prioritize authentic community engagement, how to use data for continuous learning and improvement, how to create a culture of collaboration and build partners’ collaborative leadership capacity, and more.
This May, the Collective Impact Forum—a partnership between the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and FSG—hosted our sixth annual Collective Impact Convening in Chicago. In our largest convening to date, we hosted over 800 change-makers from across the global to think deeply about many of these “how to” topics. Attendees came to Chicago to build skills and ultimately make progress toward achieving equitable systems change through collective impact.
As we reflect on the convening, we are grateful to those who joined us and challenged us to do our work in new and different ways.
While our keynotes all shared unique perspectives on advancing efforts toward equitable systems change, we also learned from over 100 speakers in case studies and training sessions on a range of topic. Several of these sessions are also captured here, with insights on topics including the use of data in collaborations, strategies for pursuing systems change, and reflecting on your personal leadership.
In closing, we are grateful to everyone that joined us from across the US (from 43 U.S. States and the District of Columbia), and particularly to our international friends who made the trip to Chicago … from Australia, Canada, Colombia, India, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. We hope to see you all at the 2020 Collective Impact Convening on May 6-8 in Minneapolis!