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

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

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

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

Collective Impact Packages

Collective Impact Learn more about Collective Impact here. I offer support to organizations and communities that want to use a Collective Impact approach to system change. Collective Impact Start-up Package This package enables any group of 15-150 people to learn about Collective Impact and take the first steps as a group. It includes: One or… Read More