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Collective Impact

The Physics of Mass Gatherings and the Trump Inauguration

Jesse Silverberg | Posted 01.16.2017 | Science
Jesse Silverberg

Sometimes, things get out of control. Take, for example, mass gatherings.

Leading With Conviction: Empowering The Formerly Incarcerated To Strengthen Democracy Inside-Out

Anindya Kundu | Posted 08.22.2016 | Politics
Anindya Kundu

President Obama electrified the DNC by reminding Americans that hope is stronger than fear and by laying the charge that if citizens want democracy to work for them, they must also work for democracy.

Nutrition Panel Tells All: Fueling the Future

Linda Novick O'Keefe | Posted 12.19.2016 | Education
Linda Novick O'Keefe

According to an article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review, "No single organization has the ability to solve any major social problem at scale b...

Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.27.2016 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

Equity recognizes that we don't all start at the same place. It recognizes that persistent disparities will not be solved without targeting certain opportunities and supports to individuals who start further behind or face additional barriers.

Ideagen Exclusive Interview With Ritz Carlton's Sue Stephenson

George Sifakis | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
George Sifakis

It was an honor to have Sue Stephenson, a Corporate Responsibility Executive with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as a speaker at our Ideagen (Idea-gen.com) Summit in June.

An Exclusive Interview With Anthony Magnetti, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

George Sifakis | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
George Sifakis

Sunovion leads the way in advocacy and cross-sector collaborations focused on driving innovation and improvements in health care. During the intervie...

As If Children Mattered

Michael Piraino | Posted 07.20.2016 | Impact
Michael Piraino

Adults matter to children. Whether it is the earth, the seas, or the air we breathe, we cannot destroy our planet's assets and hope to survive, let alone prosper. These young at risk are also our "assets," whose untapped potential is being wasted.

Why I Love Data

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 04.29.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

So, by all means, let's use data, let's set goals, and let's figure out what works. And at the same time, let's also re-commit ourselves to be discerning in how we pursue this path.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Disaggregating Data to Address the Racial Divide in Education

Ben Hecht | Posted 12.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Changing complex education systems is no easy feat. It requires patience, humility, and a willingness to honestly and openly acknowledge "what is" in order to work towards "what could be."

Community Engagement for Collective Impact: Lessons From Alaska

Karen Pittman | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

People who run collective impact efforts say one of their toughest tasks is keeping community engagement going beyond the "summits" where everyone gets fired up. What does it mean to keep communities engaged in the mission that they've signed on for? Why is it so hard to do this well?

Climate Change = Systems Change

Steven Crandell | Posted 01.14.2015 | Business
Steven Crandell

In the years to come, the growing clean energy sector will require massive further investment. Changes in consumption patterns will lead to significant product and service innovation.

3 Roads to Joy: 5 Questions to Start the Journey Now

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

If you believe the idea of life being joy-centered is a falsehood, you have bought the snake oil of disillusionment, and you are probably still taking a tablespoonful of its bitterness every morning. My recommendation is to skip a day, open up to the possibility of joy, and see how you feel.

An Urgent Warning About 'Impact'

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

My experience working with people in communities, with foundation leaders, with various national initiatives and with a variety of others is that the deifying of this word has produced a cascading effect of collective responses that endanger our mission.

Putting the Community Into Community Engagement

Karen Pittman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Karen Pittman

Those of us pushing for community change know that community members are the engine of systemic changes in the attitudes, norms and behaviors that are necessary for big systems reform. So why is it so hard to engage the community?

­Child Welfare Leaders Follow NBA Champion Spurs Lead

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

In recent years, child welfare leaders have been working diligently to revamp their traditional approach to working with children and families. The approach focuses on simultaneous planning of permanency options through two caseworkers per case.

Can the Private Sector Help Combat Hunger and Malnutrition?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

The World Economic Forum meeting in Davos was a step change with business and political leaders signing up to the UN Secretary General's "Zero Hunger" challenge to eliminate hunger in our lifetimes.

Massachusetts Pay for Success Initiative Advances Government, Private Sector, and Philanthropic Investment in Human Capital

Ben Hecht | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Can you do good and do well? This is the driving question for impact investors - those who want their dollars to both provide a reasonable return on ...

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

The Social Impact Movement: Designing Nonprofits to Succeed

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Recently, I raised an awkward question: "Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?" As I wrote, for all the good work a nonprofit may do, it's often hard to tell if a it's really making a difference: fixing the underlying problem, rather than forever treating symptoms.

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Too often, the starfish story is told to justify a charitable effort that's not making real change. When our starfish rescuer shows up for work tomorrow, there's going to be a whole new batch of starfish.

What Is Next After the Gates/Buffett Giving Pledge? Building Generosity Networks

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 09.17.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

I believe that the big opportunity is more than just money. Concentrating on connecting serious passionate people to others with similar areas of philanthropic interest, such as educational reform, global health, and nutrition, will produce more long lasting, positive change.

Powers That Be

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Mary Ellen Hannibal

As I wander through the land of environmental nonprofits, I'm always asking myself: What works? Because on one level, nothing is working. Every year more land and water is converted to human use.

The Transformational Power Of Data

Willa Seldon | Posted 06.02.2013 | Impact
Willa Seldon

Living Cities is supporting a number collective impact initiatives to achieve transformational gains in low-income communities in educational achievement, economic competitiveness, and other areas.