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Engagement Requires Motivation, Community and Support

Written by Scott Wheeler on October 28, 2016

Many of us regularly choose to enthusiastically participate in groups outside of our core family and friends. Sports teams, religious organizations, professional societies, and hobby groups are just some examples where you can find enthusiastic, engaged supporters. Those of us involved in organizational collaborations can learn from what makes these groups work. We’ve all been   Read More…

Productive Collaborations Require Strong Infrastructure

Written by Scott Wheeler on October 19, 2016

Recently, I found myself conflicted during a planning session with a collective impact backbone organization. While working on a communication plan I found myself questioning the feasibility of the plan. All the things we were discussing; including informing and updating funders, community leaders, internal teams, and those served by the collective were important. They were   Read More…

Interfaces are the Key to Collaboration Success

Written by Scott Wheeler on October 11, 2016

Collaborations can be powerful and often essential tools when addressing complex issues. Unfortunately, many collaborative efforts achieve only limited success and some are ineffective. Many attempts at collaboration have instead painfully drained the precious time and leadership focus nonprofits cannot afford to waste. The situation is similar whether addressing new challenges across multiple teams within   Read More…

Seeing Collective Impact in Action

Written by Elizabeth Guman on June 20, 2016

This week one of our previous clients, Chester County’s Decade to Doorways, had a community meeting. It was a great example of people with an intention of improving the system taking action and learning together using the collective impact model. Decade to Doorways is a cross-sector initiative with a goal of ending homelessness in the   Read More…