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Transformational Change is Possible | 6 Essential Elements

Posted on February 20, 2016
By Sienna Jae Taylor

"Working in complexity can surface some tough challenges, but they are not insurmountable. Transformational change is possible." - Liz Weaver


In her article, Transformational Change is PossibleLiz Weaver explains that complex problems require a different way of working. They require intense engagement of a wide variety of influential partners who leverage their collective resources to drive toward outcomes - a little something we like to call Collective Impact.

There are five conditions in the Collective Impact framework: 

  1. Building a common agenda
  2. Engaging in shared measurement
  3. Supporting the collaborative work through mutually reinforcing activities
  4. Keeping partners and the community engaged through continuous communications
  5. Ensuring that the collective effort is supported by a backbone infrastructure

So you're meeting all these conditions... what's next?

Transformational change is not easy, but it is possible. In order to create lasting change there are six essential elements that must be present: 

  1. Practice system leadership
  2. Embrace a framework
  3. Access community readiness 
  4. Focus on data and measurement
  5. Communicate and engage
  6. Ask, what's next?

For a more indepth look at these six essential elements take a look at the full article.

Happy Learning!

Collective Impact, Sienna Jae Taylor

Sienna Jae Taylor

By Sienna Jae Taylor

Sienna Jae Taylor has a love for all things community and a deep passion for positive, social change. She recently worked with the Tamarack Institute as a Community Animator and previous to that was a member of the Pillar Nonprofit Network team as the 2015 ChangeTheWorld Coordinator. Sienna brings to her work experience in community engagement and animation, strength and creativity in the art of communication and a natural flair for relationship building. Sienna is motivated by the incredible world-changers and inspiring projects that she encounters everyday and believes that with a little community, celebration and passion, anything is possible.

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