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Behavior Change: Five Lessons Learned From The Tobacco Wars

by Sharon Carothers “Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.” Compelling? Urgent? Makes you think, “Sign me up to help,” right? Well, not necessarily. As with any transformational change, it depends on where you sit in the world – your job, priorities, and cultural norms. For more than a decade, my work in the field of tobacco control was focused on helping to build a …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

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

Conversations can make or break a collaborative

By Amy Celep Meet Sue. Her colleague, Joe, just did something with which she fundamentally disagrees. Sue marches over to another colleague, Tim, and complains about what Joe did, but never says anything directly to Joe. Or imagine that Sue silently fumes about the situation, never saying anything to anyone about it, or maybe she musters up the courage to say something to Joe but what comes out is a …Read More

Living in the Market to Bring Light to the Base of the Pyramid

This is the twentieth 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. As Amy discussed in her recent post, creating transformational change requires Living in the Market. This involves being intimately in tune with the market at both the micro and macro level.   Few social impact organizations have done this as well as d.light …Read More

Insight #8: Live in the Market

This is the twentieth 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. What percent of your time do you spend living in the market? For social change agents who have achieved transformational change, they spend the majority of their time this way.  They are continuously observing, engaging with, seeking to understand, and learning from …Read More