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

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

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