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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Three Approaches That Work Well Together to Build Community

Posted by Heather Keam on November 25, 2019

I love new approaches and ways to improve how I do my community work. Here are three approaches that work well to better your community work.

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Welcome to the Party! How to Onboard New Collaborative Partners

Posted by Deb Halliday on October 7, 2019

This blog was originally published by the Collective Impact Forum.

If collective impact efforts have any certainties, one surely is the ever-revolving (one might hope ever-evolving) door of community partners coming to the table. Our efforts for inclusivity, the reality that multi-sector coalitions invite instability as people leave jobs and new people come in: it’s inevitable that we will be regularly onboarding new partners.

How do we invite in new faces without disrupting the focus and momentum of the team? I’m often asked this as I coach collective impact efforts. Here are a few strategies that seem to work.

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Building a Common Agenda for Collective Impact

Posted by Elle Richards on September 30, 2019

A common agenda is a common understanding of the problem and a shared vision for change. It is a necessary component of Collective Impact and an important consideration in the development of a poverty reduction strategy that requires an ongoing process of community engagement.

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Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Development and Collective Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver on August 6, 2019

More than 500 foundation leaders attended the Philippines League of Corporate Foundations annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Expo in Manila in July.  Highlighting the themes of collaboration and collective impact, the CSR Expo also focused on the progress being made on the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Securing Funding for the Backbone Role: Lessons from the Field

Posted by Erin Sullivan & Jennifer Splansky Juster on July 13, 2019

One of the most common questions we hear from collective impact practitioners is how to raise the funds needed to support and sustain the backbone role. While some funders have a nuanced understanding of the immense value of collective impact initiatives, supporting the backbone is a different approach for many philanthropic and public funding sources, which can make it challenging to get the consistent, long-term investments needed to help effect population-change.

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Collective Advocacy for Collective Impact

Posted by Blythe Butler on May 2, 2019

Over the last year, the First 2000 Days Network has been striving to address systems change efforts as part of our multi-tiered Theory of Change and our Systemic Change Framework.  Our Network includes what we term ‘change mechanisms’ at multiple levels: individual, community, organization & agency and systems-level – all with the goal of improving outcomes for children and families.

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