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Deb Halliday

Deb Halliday
Community builder, master facilitator; engaged in education, social welfare policy; lover of underdogs and innovators. Visit me at or @deb_halliday.

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100 Cups of Coffee

Posted by Deb Halliday on March 13, 2017

Before launching a new initiative, I often advise groups to have “100 Cups of Coffee.” Not to be confused with the popular Futurama Frye video clip, 100 Cups of Coffee is a way to understand the complexity of an issue, build relationships with key people and organizations, and discover opportunities for synergy.

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Sharpening One’s Saw in Rural Communities

Posted by Deb Halliday on February 24, 2017

As interest in collective impact grows, the question of how this work can look in rural communities continues to arise.

Rural communities face unique challenges when considering collective impact. With sparse organizational infrastructure and minimal philanthropic dollars, rural collective impact practitioners are asking: What does a backbone organization – or even a backbone function – look like when there are few local organizations, and even fewer private or public sector funds available to support the work?

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Circles of Influence

Posted by Deb Halliday on July 29, 2016

Graduation Matters Montana (GMM) was fortunate to have Liz Weaver of Tamarack Institute deliver the keynote address at our June 2016 Summer Summit. Liz shared the findings of her recent paper, “Transformational Change is Possible”. Much of her analysis aligns with the GMM framework, and I was pleased that Summit participants connected with her presentation.

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