As enthusiasm about collective impact grows, technical assistance, conferences, websites, and guidebooks are also on the increase, distilling the process into phases, and bringing experts together to share what they know. The stakes are high: effective collaborations can improve school systems, [...]
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Recently, I have been surprised to see traditional strategic planning wisdom turned on its head. While many consultants advise avoiding strategic planning in the midst of executive leadership transition, Communitas Consulting was called to work with three new executives in exactly [...]
Why is it worth engaging citizens in tackling formidable problems like poverty? Because people can make a difference, and part of what motivates people to action is taking ownership of a problem and trying to solve it themselves. Over the last [...]
I have come to learn that the most important phase of consulting – both for the client and for the consultant – is developing the original contract. I am not referring to a lengthy exchange of legal clauses, but a process [...]
COULD THE SAME LEADERSHIP TRAITS THAT LEAD TO GOOD STRATEGIC PLANNING BE EFFECTIVE IN COMMUNITY-BASED COALITION BUILDING? Strategic planning is often considered a cerebral and reflective activity, where an organization and its leadership pause, take stock of the environment, and chart [...]
Committees can either be one of the more frustrating and lengthy venues for tackling a problem, or they can serve as an engine that brings about new resources and great results. What makes the difference? As a facilitator of multiple social [...]