On our blog, Collective Impact Forum staff, partners, and guest contributors share the latest learning, innovations, and stories from the field.


  • Video and Transcript: Keynote with Sonya Renee Taylor

    Collective Impact Forum

    July 8, 2021

    In this powerful keynote address from the 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit, author, entrepreneur, poet, and activist Sonya Renee Taylor shares from her book The Body is Not an Apology, and discusses key questions about how we view ourselves and each other, how we judge who is worthy of acceptance and justice, and how we can break out of systems that tell us that the only way to survive is to devalue others.
  • Video and Transcript: Opening Keynote with Rev. Dr. William Barber

    Collective Impact Forum

    June 2, 2021

    In this powerful address from the 2021 Collective Impact Convening, Rev. Dr. William Barber (Repairers of the Breach) issues a call to action to not return to the “normal” of pre-covid, and to recognize the systemic inequities that existed before and contributed to why the pandemic has had such a devastating impact on so many people and communities. Rev. Dr. Barber describes that what’s needed now is for folks to come together, and through the strengths of coalitions, work to challenge these systemic inequities that have existed for too long.
  • Video and Transcript: The Role of Narrative Change in Collective Action

    Collective Impact Forum

    May 26, 2021

    In this dynamic discussion from the 2021 Collective Impact Action Summit, Melody Barnes (Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions) leads a conversation on the importance of narrative in collective social change efforts. Joining Melody are Crystal Echo Hawk (IllumiNative), Rashad Robinson (Color of Change), and Nayantara Sen (Real Food Real Stories.) This discussion is introduced by Sheri Brady (Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions) and includes a poetry performance by Seattle poet, organizer, and attorney Troy Osaki.
  • Building Your Voting Plan

    Collective Impact Forum

    October 8, 2020

    With the U.S. election coming up, creating a plan to vote can be a helpful step to ensure your voice is part of the process. The Forum team, located across the United States, shares how they are prepping to participate in the upcoming election.
  • How is the CI Forum Community Navigating this Moment?

    Sharon Ide

    August 5, 2020

    In early July 2020, we asked how folks are responding to the moment we find ourselves in. The survey focused mainly on how collaborative work has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and also recognized intersecting contexts of a prolonged economic downturn and increased focus on the Movement for Black Lives. Read more to see how Forum community members are navigating this time, what is working well, and what they are finding challenging.
  • Your Most Pressing Questions

    Sharon Ide

    June 29, 2020

    We have recently started a series of podcast roundtable discussions. Before we began, we asked for your most pressing questions related to your work in collaboration, collective impact, pandemic response, and support for Black communities.
  • Ways to Engage Right Now

    Collective Impact Forum

    June 2, 2020

    To our community members, Now is not the time to look away. Especially for those of us who can so easily turn our face from seeing/hearing/feeling the injustice that continues to spread in our communities.
  • Transforming Our Future: What COVID is Making Possible

    Jewlya Lynn

    May 4, 2020

    In-mid March, I went into my house with my children and began this long, confusing time of isolation and change. Almost daily, I learn of friends and family who have gotten sick, who have had to isolate from their children, who are struggling to pay their bills or buy food, who have been denied life-saving care for other illnesses, and who have lost someone they love. I know I’m not alone in this. And I find myself thinking not just about the trauma of what is happening right now today, but also about what will happen tomorrow.