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Six Steps to Get Intentional About Your Partnerships

As the social sector increasingly recognizes the importance of addressing the root causes of systemic challenges, it is becoming more critical to form strong partnerships. Partnerships have myriad benefits for individual organizations—from boosting efficiency to growing their influence—but the true potential of partnerships is transformational. If we can forge meaningful partnerships, we can help change systems. Yet forming a partnership that effectively brings distinct groups together—each with its own culture …Read More

2 Pernicious Misconceptions about Stakeholder Engagement – Part 2

by Amy Farley “Who should be at the table?” is both a question that all strong collaborative efforts should continually ask and a question that often stymies forward momentum. This is the second blog in a set of two posts exploring pernicious misconceptions about stakeholder engagement we have seen among collaborative efforts. In the prior post, we explored the validity of the belief some groups have that “our decisions will …Read More

2 Pernicious Misconceptions about Stakeholder Engagement – Part 1

by Amy Farley “Who should be at the table?” is a critical question that all collaborative efforts face throughout their existence. We’ve seen that the most successful collaborative efforts constantly evaluate whether the right mixture of stakeholders are working together and committed to the definition of success and supporting strategies. This same question, though, can significantly stymie a collaborative group’s forward momentum. When working within in an organization it’s not …Read More

The Complexity of Collaboration

by Amy Farley Goals such as “ending childhood hunger” or “building a healthcare system that works for all” are aimed at complex problems and generally require complex solutions. We all know that these types of problems can’t be solved by just one person, but the need to engage cross-sector stakeholders – most often times individuals who have vastly different perspectives on the problem and potential solutions – adds yet another …Read More

The Inevitable Chicken vs. Egg Battles of Collaboration

by Amy Farley In a recent post we explored the importance of finding progress in the overwhelming volume of “process” that can surface when a collaborative effort is just getting started. Inherent in helping group members find a sense of progress in their work is the need for a clear and commonly shared sense of destination: it’s difficult to feel forward momentum when you’re lost in the forest and are …Read More

Are You Collaborating On Solid Ground?

By Amy Farley You cannot realize social transformation in a vacuum. It requires looking outside yourself and beyond your organization’s walls, seeking opportunities to collaborate intentionally both with others you know well and with “unlikely suspects.” As we all know, this is easier said than done. Collaborative efforts can take a variety of forms, but in this post I want to discuss the type of collaboration that involves the strategic and …Read More

Unleashing Collaborative Action for Healthy Schools

By Amy Farley The health of Colorado’s children earned a D+ on the Colorado Health Foundation’s 2012 Health Report Card. Approximately nine percent of kids have no form of insurance and are therefore more likely to lack coordinated medical, mental, and dental care. Only 64 percent of kids participate in physical activity four or more days a week, and 14 percent are obese. Acknowledging these heart wrenching statistics, the Colorado Health …Read More

Insight #7: Build Public Support

This is the fifteenth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. The power and influence of public opinion is perhaps never more evident in the United States than during the last couple of weeks leading up to the Presidential Election. As the countdown to Election Day gets into the single digits, the …Read More

Rock Climbing: A Lesson in Strategic Communication

This is the thirteenth in a series of posts that will examine ten insights Community Wealth Partners has uncovered through our research of and experience with initiatives that have created transformational social change. Imagine rock climbing up a steep mountain face with arms and legs shaking from exhaustion and palms so sweaty you can’t maintain a grip. You yell, “Take!” but you don’t feel your rope tighten. Upon looking down, you see the “belayer” …Read More