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Article | How Field Catalysts Accelerate Collective Impact

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The efforts of individual collective impact initiatives are strengthened when they are linked and loosely coordinated to advance systems change. Collective Impact initiatives that include systems change strategies demonstrate a capability to generate and scale solutions that successfully disrupt, and ultimately transform, the status quo. This is much more likely to happen with the support of a unique form of intermediary organization known as a field catalyst.

This article was published as part of the Stanford Social Innovation Review's Collective Impact, 10 Years Later series.

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Sylvia Cheuy

By Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer. Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.

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