Community Needs and Civic Action
What is Collective Impact?
Collective Impact (CI) occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success.
CI is an approach communities are using across North America to move the needle on complex problems. It is a paradigm shift from what we think of as collaboration between agencies, since it engages all sectors of the wider community (business, government, non-profits, and those who experience the problem being addressed – called “context experts”) to address a problem in a comprehensive way. Organizations across our local community are now engaging in initiatives, some nascent, some more established, using a Collective Impact approach, addressing a wide range of community issues.
Collective Impact focus areas include:
- Educating and Supporting Our Most Valuable Resource, Children
- Eliminating Structural Poverty and Racism
- Growing a Food System that Works for Everyone
- Reducing Waste
- Promoting Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
- Building a Transportation System that works for Everyone
- Protecting the Environment
- Housing Dignity
- Promoting Everyone's Health
- Strengthening the Local Economy
- Supporting Grassroots Leadership and Youth
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