Memphis Fast Forward is a multi-layered collective impact initiative focused on increasing economic prosperity and quality of life in Greater Memphis, Tennessee. A resource for collective impact backbone organizations, funders, and partners, this case study provides an overview of the initiative, along with lessons learned.
- Gain and maintain political support: According to Blair Taylor, President of Memphis Tomorrow, “having sustained mayoral leadership in Memphis Fast Forward was essential.” It was through a meeting with the mayors that the collective impact effort was incubated, and their support proved critical long after incubation.
- Celebrate successes: Memphis Fast Forward realized that celebrating successes and sharing credit were critical motivating factors to keep partners engaged and active.
- Seize opportunities as they emerge: Adapting their work to changes in context has allowed Memphis Fast Forward and its partners to take advantage of new opportunities.