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


  • New Tools for Collective Impact Working Groups

    Robert Albright

    January 15, 2015

    Do you need some ideas for facilitating an ice-breaker among community leaders who have not previously met before? Have you hit a roadblock and need a fresh way to facilitate a discussion and find common ground among your group? Are you looking for tools or templates to keep your Steering Committee updated on working groups’ progress? Do you need some inspiration for how another community has framed their collective impact strategies for pursuing a common agenda? If one any of these questions apply to you and/or your collective impact partners, there are several new resources available on the Collective Impact Forum’s resource page that will be of interest:
  • At the Speed of Trust – 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.
  • 2014’s Top Collective Impact Resources

    Collective Impact Forum

    December 12, 2014

    We’re excited to share with you some of the “top” reads for the year from the Collective Impact Forum--the year’s most downloaded reports, the most popular posts, and the most accessed tools from our resource library. As we gear up for 2015, we look forward to sharing even more resources with you and finding more ways to support you and your social change work
  • Collective Impact in Neighborhood Revitalization Part 1: Engagement and Building Trust

    James Capraro

    December 11, 2014

    There are many urban neighborhoods and small rural communities whose “better days” are a distant memory. Revitalizing these locations would have a positive impact on the region in which they exist while providing better opportunities for local residents. In countless settings, across the country, governments, philanthropy, the private sector, and non-profit actors are working hard to re-invigorate these places. To be successful a “collective impact” approach is absolutely necessary.
  • At the Speed of Trust – Part 1

    Cara Priestley

    December 9, 2014

    We hear a lot about the five conditions of collective impact (CI); however, the more I’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 – 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.
  • Don’t Talk to Me about "Driving" Social Change

    John Kania

    November 24, 2014

    I recently met with the former head of a major pharmaceutical company to talk about improving the lives of kids. This well regarded executive was excited to invest a significant amount of his time, post his tenure at the helm of a Fortune 500 company, in leading an effort to address youth substance abuse.* I was energized by his passion and fervor for the issue, and his true desire to use his platform and experience as a leader to make a difference. But I was troubled by his orientation towards the leadership he felt was required. “We need to drive these evidenced based practices through the system, from top to bottom," he said. “We need to force communities to understand what’s good for them.” Uh, oh, I thought to myself. Yet one more well-intentioned, influential individual in society who wants to bring about change for the better, but just doesn’t get how social change happens.