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Supporting the healing capacity of complex systems.

Leadership & Collective Impact: Cultivating Tensions

People who take on leadership roles in Collective Impact get to actively cultivate tensions that most reasonable people prefer to avoid. Tetchy. Tensions. Paradox is inherent to Collective Impact work. You have to love the inevitable tensions (at least some of the time) or Collective Impact probably isn’t for you. Here are five we can all… Read More

My favourite (non-digital) n=1 tracking tools

New tracking apps and devices are available all the time. You can absolutely use these in your n=1, but they are entirely optional. The following is a list of my favourite pen & paper tools for tracking. Sometimes these can be just as effective as the newest gadgets. They can be even more effective if you… Read More

Graphing for Healing

An ‘n=1’ is an experiment with one participant. You. N=1 experimentation methods can be used by individuals for healing and enhancing performance. Personalized Data Many people now have access to unprecedented amounts of data about themselves (thanks, tracking apps!) but most of us aren’t sure how to use it to improve our health. Some people aren’t… Read More

Assess Leverage

There are a thousand things you could do to improve your health (or the health of the other systems you are working with) right now. Sometimes there are so many things that need to be done, it can feel overwhelming. Easier to do nothing. The solution is to assess leverage. In this post I’ll share… Read More

Risk Assessment in n=1 Experimentation

Most change efforts fail. For most people, most of the time. One reason is that we tend to rush from ‘idea’ to ‘action’ without setting ourselves up for success. In addition to helping you to get systematic about learning what works (for you) when it comes to healing, n=1 methods can also help ensure that… Read More

Youth Engagement in Collective Impact

Last week I was a panelist on a webinar co-sponsored by the Tamarack Institute and the Ontario Trillium Foundation about youth involvement in Collective Impact. My co-panelist was Deb Halliday of Graduation Matters Montana, an initiative that led to record-breaking high school graduation rates across the State. We discussed the challenges we have faced in sustaining… Read More

An ‘n=1’ is an experiment with one participant. You.

We each have unique histories, genetic profiles, environments, and patterns of responding. That is why standardized approaches to complex health challenges can have limited effectiveness. Personalized (n=1) experimentation enables you to find the pattern of living that will support your well-being. The n=1 experimentation process has seven steps: Challenge: What is my health goal? Inquire:… Read More

Social Impact Bonds: sweeping the planet since 2010

During the time that Social Impact Bonds have been proliferating in 38 countries around the globe, I’ve been captivated by the other big social innovation of the twenty-teens: Collective Impact. Seven years after Social Impact Bonds became the hottest new social finance strategy, I thought it was time to find out what I’ve been missing.… Read More

Your own Health Data

Personalized (n=1) experimentation is about learning more about your self. Then using that knowledge to improve your health and well-being. The (free) comprehensive health assessment at Biohack U is designed as a high level measurement tool to help set health goals and track progress over time. Most people will also want to track a few things… Read More

Collective Impact 3.0: a response

I have a copy of the Collective Impact 3.0 paper by Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj in my permanent reference file. I have been using Collective Impact principles in my work with communities since 2013 and during that time I have been noticing patterns that repeat over and over again. These patterns are reflected in Collective Impact 3.0.… Read More