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Karen Pittman

 
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Collaboration Conundrums: Why Youth Service Leaders Embrace and Fear Collective Impact Efforts

Karen Pittman
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I recently spent two hours with afterschool and community leaders in Milwaukee who are joining together to improve the quality and coordination of youth programs in their city. This was the first “lunch and learn” gathering for partners in the initiative, called Beyond the Bell.  The informal Q- and-A covered many topics, from social and emotional learning to common core standards, but one strand of questions were particularly telling.

Putting the Community into Community Engagement

Karen Pittman
Friday, July 11, 2014

Community. Engagement.

These two words get a lot of air time at the tables where coalition leaders exchange ideas about how to create "needle moving change," whether the topic is childhood obesity, teen pregnancy or college readiness. Every group of leaders believes community engagement is critical to success. Every group laments they don't do it soon enough, often enough, long enough or well enough. Post mortems of community change initiatives frequently cite "lack of community engagement or buy-in" as a reason for failure.

My Brother's Keeper: A Need to Focus

Karen Pittman
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO of PolicyLink, recently shared her thoughts on the My Brother's Keeper initiative, which was designed by the Obama Administration to address opportunity gaps faced by young men of color to ensure they have the necessary supports to succeed. In her blog posting, Blackwell reasons that, when done correctly, strategies that are targeted at a specific group can benefit all in the long run.

Functions & Challenges of Intermediary Organizations

Karen Pittman
Monday, July 7, 2014

Sam Piha, a veteran of the afterschool field and founder of Temescal Associates, recently developed a paper on intermediaries for Putnam Consulting Group and The Cleveland Foundation. Sam interviewed me by email about the important role that intermediaries play in collective impact efforts. It’s a conversation worth sharing. Stay tuned as we roll out the rest of the conversation in the coming days. See a list of the previous questions and answers posted below.

The Importance of Intermediary Organizations to Implementing Community Initiatives

Karen Pittman
Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Sam Piha, a veteran of the afterschool field and founder of Temescal Associates, recently developed a paper on intermediaries for Putnam Consulting Group and The Cleveland Foundation. Sam interviewed me by email about the important role that intermediaries play in collective impact efforts. It’s a conversation worth sharing. Stay tuned as we roll out the rest of the conversation in the coming days. See a list of the previous questions and answers posted below.

Important Characteristics of an Intermediary Organization

Karen Pittman
Friday, June 27, 2014

Sam Piha, a veteran of the afterschool field and founder of Temescal Associates, recently developed a paper on intermediaries for Putnam Consulting Group and The Cleveland Foundation. Sam interviewed me by email about the important role that intermediaries play in collective impact efforts. It’s a conversation worth sharing. Stay tuned as we roll out the rest of the conversation in the coming days.

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