The Stanford Social Innovation Review recently published “Collective Impact,” an article about large-scale social change requiring broad cross-sector coordination. Written by John Kania and Mark Kramer, the overarching principle is that the social sector largely works in isolated segments of need – each foundation has its own mission, its own purpose, its own cause. And although desired outcomes may be identical or similar in scope and breadth, rarely do foundations work together to attain it. Only by rejecting individual agendas and working together to achieve desired outcomes can communities create system-wide progress. Scalable education reform may very well be within reach in many U.S. cities. How to quit paddling upstream? By using a collective approach to deliver maximum impact.
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