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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

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

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

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

Insight #5: Communications is Strategy

This is the twelfth 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. Communications is strategy for those working to create transformational change. It’s not an afterthought but a critical cornerstone of the strategy to solve a social problem. Scott Case, the former CEO of Malaria No More—an organization that is part of the …Read More

Everest or Bust – Set Your Organization’s Goals Even Higher

This is the third 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. This post is in response to last week’s entry ‘Insight #1: Be Bold and Believable.” When asked “Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?,” George Mallory, an English mountaineer who many believe was the first man to ever summit Mt. …Read More

Creating Transformational Change: Top Ten Insights

We have been on a fascinating journey at Community Wealth Partners to answer one key question: Why do some social change initiatives achieve transformational impact and others don’t? This is not a question that is answered overnight. It truly is a journey. How do we define transformation? We’re talking about eradication of—or at least dramatic improvement on—a social problem. I recognize that “eradication” and “dramatic” are strong words. But, if history …Read More

Leading Social Change Today

What does it mean to be a social change leader today? Last week, The Initiative for Nonprofit Talent and Leadership, a cross sector collaborative – comprised of American Express, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, Center for Creative Leadership, Commongood Careers, Corporation for National and Community Service, Public Allies, Rudin Family Foundations, and Community Wealth Partners, among others – convened a forum with leaders …Read More

The Role of Data: Using Information to Enlighten Decisions and Create Culture

New York City in the late 1980’s was a city plagued by crime and engulfed in a culture of rampant corruption.  The subway was considered incredibly dangerous, and petty crime had a strangle-hold on the streets.  To put it bluntly, it was a not safe place.  But over the course of several years and under new direction from the police chief and mayor, the city began to see a positive change.  …Read More

Changing the Conversation

As Amy Celep noted in an earlier post, “changing the conversation” can be a powerful tool toward creating the change we want to see in the world.  I was reminded of the validity of Amy’s claim during a recent lunch meeting with Jim Down, a wonderful strategic thinker who led Mercer Management Consulting until retiring at age 50. Since then he has played a critical role in the nonprofit sector, …Read More