Collaboration & Collective Impact

Building the capacity of organizations & sectors to work together

When faced with a wicked problem, most people do not automatically turn to collaboration. Collaboration is at the core of creating successful solutions to messy challenges, and can be used as an organizational strategy and as a way to engage the broader community.

Recommended Reading

Essential Concepts of Collaboration
By David D. Chrislip
Excerpt from "The Collaborative Leadership Fieldbook"

Platforms for Collaboration
By Satish Nambisan
"Stanford Social Innovation Review"

Embracing Emergence: How Collective Impact Addresses Complexity
By John Kania and Mark Kramer
"Stanford Social Innovation Review"

Past Presentations

Tackling Wicked Problems 2014: Impactful Collaboration Presented by Chris Paterson (presentation slides)

Tackling Wicked Problems 2014: Moving Toward Collective Impact by Chris Paterson (presentation slides)

Tackling Wicked Problems 2014: Reflections on Collaboration (flip chart notes)

Collective Impact by Mike Soika (Forward Community Investments webinar)

Collective Impact Overview by Amy Putzer (presentation to Oshkosh Collaboration Workgroup)

Case studies

The Weight of the Fox Valley
An initiative bringing together people from Calumet, Outagamie and Winnebago Counties to achieve and maintain a healthy weight at every age.
Tackling Wicked Problems 2014 presentation slides
Facebook Page

Milwaukee Succeeds
Broad-based, communitywide collaboration that aims to improve educational outcomes for every child in Milwaukee, in every school, cradle to career.
Tackling Wicked Problems 2014 presentation slides

Other Resources

Tackling Complex Social Problems through Collective Impact by Collect Impact Forum (video)

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