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  • At the Speed of Trust ā€“ Part 2

    Cara Priestley

    December 15, 2014

    In my last blog, I discussed the power of trust in collective impact, speaking from my personal experience in South Dallas to facilitate a community revitalization collective impact initiative. This effort combines systems-level players with a grassroots approach, resulting in multiple layers of community stakeholders. With so many disparate participants at the table, the importance of trust building cannot be overstated.
  • At the Speed of Trust ā€“ Part 1

    Cara Priestley

    December 9, 2014

    We hear a lot about the five conditions of collective impact (CI); however, the more Iā€™m exposed to CI work the more I realize CI is as much about the intangible elements as it is about process, rigor, and outcomes. The beauty of collective impact is watching a diverse set of stakeholders, who may be previously unknown to one another, break bread at the same table ā€“ they share successes, failures, hopes and dreams for their community (however they define it). The way people work together and the relationships they build with one another are critical to success. Lack of trust can derail the best intentioned CI efforts and stop forward progress in its tracks.