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Making the “Impossible” Possible to Create Transformational Change

I recently joined a strategic planning meeting for a former client, Miriam’s Kitchen, as a participant. As a strategic planning junkie, the meeting was a dream. At least a dozen times over the course of the meeting, I heard Miriam’s Kitchen team members ask “How would [x potential priority] advance our goal of ending chronic homelessness?” It was if the question was tattooed on someone’s forehead. That type of focus …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

Funding Impact Through Innovation: An Update on Strive Partnership

By Alix Wilson The Problem Leading experts in early childhood development have identified third grade reading proficiency as a critical indicator of long-term academic success. Students who are not reading proficiently by the end of third grade are at high risk of struggling in later grades and are much more likely to drop-out of school. In 2012, more than 43% of 3rd graders in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky were not …Read More

Is it possible to solve a social problem? Two cities just did.

By Sara Brenner Over the holiday season, one city’s bold goal captured the press spotlight: the mayor of Phoenix announced on December 18 that the city had ended veteran’s homelessness. And then on January 6, Salt Lake City announced that they also had ended homelessness among military veterans. Both announcements reflect the power of setting bold goals and mobilizing cross-sector collaboration in pursuit of such goals Both cities’ efforts were …Read More

Balance Bold & Believable by Bite-Sizing Social Transformation into “Proof of Concept”

By Diana Peacock Time and time again in our research and our direct work with efforts tackling social problems at the magnitude they exist, we have seen change agents stuck in a precarious balancing act. Leaders of such efforts must constantly balance the need to inspire stakeholders with bold ambition while also providing reassurance that accomplishing dramatic progress is actually possible. “Proof of Concept” is a strategic device we have …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

Reframing What’s Possible: An Update on our Partnership with KaBOOM!

By Diana Peacock Darell Hammond founded KaBOOM! in 1996 after reading a tragic report about two children who suffocated while playing in a car because they didn’t have anywhere else to play. Recognizing that many kids lacked sufficient opportunities to play, the KaBOOM! team set out to build, improve, and open new playgrounds. Since its founding, KaBOOM! has catalyzed over 15,000 playground builds; served more than 6.5 million kids; helped make volunteer-led …Read More

Advice + Results from 2 Nonprofits and a Foundation with Bold Goals

By Will DeKrey As Community Wealth Partners has examined how transformational change agents define success for their efforts, we have found that they approach this question differently than many of their social sector peers. They push beyond compelling but often ambiguous vision and mission statements and choose to define success with bold goals. Such goals lead to decisions that propel change agents on a different trajectory, which ultimately leads to …Read More

When Good is Not Good Enough

Today we issued a challenge to change agents across the social sector. The fall 2013 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review – released today – includes an article we co-authored with leaders from two clients and close allies of Community Wealth Partners: KaBOOM! and Share Our Strength. The article describes the obligation and opportunity both organizations found in reflecting on their results and confronting the tough question, “What does …Read More