In his column in the New York Times, David Brooks writes about StriveTogether and the concept of collective impact that FSG’s Mark Kramer and John Kania named and popularized in 2011. The article also references the recent study of collective impact’s effectiveness by ORS Impact and Spark Policy Institute. He says:
Frankly, I don’t need studies about outcomes to believe that these collective impact approaches are exciting and potentially revolutionary. Trust is built and the social fabric is repaired when people form local relationships around shared tasks.
Building working relationships across a community is an intrinsically good thing. You do enough intrinsically good things and lives will be improved in ways you can never plan or predict. This is where our national renewal will come from.