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

    Liz Weaver

    January 30, 2019

    Collective impact (CI), a framework for influencing systems change, was launched in the winter of 2011. The CI approach has been deployed by community collaboratives across Canada, the US and internationally to move the needle on a wide variety of complex issues from decreasing homelessness and poverty to improving health and education outcomes for children and youth.
  • Collective Impact 3.0

    Liz Weaver

    December 9, 2016

    As part of Tamarack’s 2016 Community Change Series, Tamarack thought leader, Mark Cabaj, and myself decided to review the collective impact framework with a new perspective.
  • Moving the Needle on Poverty - A Made in Canada Approach

    Liz Weaver

    February 18, 2015

    Beginning in 2002, collective impact roundtables in 13 cities across Canada began a consolidated effort to reduce poverty for low income citizens. This movement of cities, called Vibrant Communities Canada has been working diligently by bringing together business, government, voluntary sector and citizens with the lived experience of poverty to develop strategies and influence policies which move the needle.
  • The Tango of Collective Impact

    Liz Weaver

    June 23, 2014

    This weekend, I had the pleasure of watching couples dance the tango in a public square in London. The intricacies of the dance, coupled with the individual styles of each dance partner made for an intriguing couple of hours. As each new song filled the square, the couples would wait for a few strands of the music and then proceed to move together. Often with their eyes closed, each couple moved around the dance floor.