Introduction Michael Kitch, (reviewed from: New Hampshire Business Review) writes about how New Hampshire provides us with an example of the tension between providing an adequate education and paying for it. Most people agree that the state is the protector of equal … Continued
Poverty in Education I have been writing recently about the cost of poverty to children’s learning. How can we expect schools to do their best when more than half of the students who attend these schools are on free and … Continued
Arts Advocacy Day I was in Washington last week for Arts Advocacy Day where I met the legislative staff for 8 congress-people and 2 senators. The process includes a day of organizing by state, reading and understanding the briefing book … Continued
Late in the third quarter of yesterday’s Superbowl, I said to my friends, the Falcons have out-coached and out-played the Patriots. For almost three quarters of a game the Falcons had the mojo and the Patriots had the no-show. When … Continued
What makes “change” effective? I used to ask my students this question in the School Improvement course at Teachers College. There are all kinds of changes from whole school reform to new signs in the hallways but what makes change … Continued
Today, in Columbia, Missouri, Missou President Tim Wolfe resigned over racial tensions about inequality. Although inequality exists at all levels and all institutions of our society, addressing solutions over the last 100 years has brought us mixed results. Homelessness, poverty, … Continued
On March 20, 2013, John Kania, managing director of a consulting group called “FSG,” presented his research into the uses of “collective impact” by the social sector, followed by a discussion with NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Both Kania and Hudson then took questions from the public. As defined by FSG, collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. The webinar examined how collective impact can help federal, state, and local leaders move forward in a common direction. – See more at: http://arts.gov/video/nea-arts-education-webinar-collective-impact-part-1#sthash.IjlKCosl.dpuf
Notes of Collective Impact Webinar
I took some notes on the outline of this talk, to get you excited about the language and the importance of these ideas. For example, John mentions five strategies in being successful at collective impact:
mutually reinforcing activities,
backbone support organization.
He came up with these by doing research across multiple sectors, not just education, not just art. These ideas are for working cross sector in the arts, education, etc. He talks about a mindset shift that is needed to be successful at large-scale change: For example, thinking that is more adaptive (answer not know, solution is complex) vs. technical problem solving (if there is a problem, there is a solution); There is no silver bullet, but silver buckshot—the outlook is further out…as in incremental success over time. Credibility vs. credit was another idea where your would demonstrate your organization is producing results but you were also sharing the spotlight.