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Ready News: February 14, 2014

Ready News
February 14, 2014

Learning to Succeed from Others' Failures


Learning to Succeed from Others' Failures

A competency-based school for youth who had dropped out from the traditional school system. A school with passionate staff, community support, private money and good resources. Yet within a few years, the school closed. What went wrong? And more importantly, what lessons can we take away to help future endeavors succeed?  

Stephanie Krauss, senior fellow at the Forum for Youth Investment, shares the four primary reasons that the school that she started, the Shearwater High School, ultimately closed. Krauss saw first-hand the difficult but exciting transition to competency-based education and believes, "We must continue learning from one another and daring to fail greatly." 

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 Collective Impact - News & Resources
Strengthen Your Backbone 

Some 250 leaders from around the nation gathered in San Francisco this week to address one of the fundamental conditions for achieving collective impact: Leading an effective backbone organization.

The three-day gathering, Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact, featured discussions among leading practitioners and thinkers in community change. It was hosted by the Collective Impact Forum in partnership with the Tamarack Institute.

The Forum for Youth Investment (a partner in the Collective Impact Forum) presented five sessions: Chief Operating Officer Merita Irby led workshops on Identifying Cross-cutting Issues for Joint Action, Aligning Multiple Initiatives in Your Community, and Fiscal Mapping to ensure that the right resources are where they are most needed. Vice President Paul Evensen presented workshops on Measures for Partnership Accomplishments and on a Forum tool that helps partners document their work toward community and system change.

The Collective Impact Forum is an initiative of FSG and the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions. FSG Managing Directors John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown led sessions, as did Tamarack President Paul Born.  


Funding Your Collective Impact Effort: The Basics

Backbone support functions lie at the heart of collective impact efforts. As the engine of collaborative change, it is critical that these core functions be sustainably funded, even if that funding is very modest. On this webinar, Emily Jensen, the Forum's leader development officer, will focus on the basics of funding your collective impact efforts in the current economic climate and share examples from communities who have found success.

This is the first in a series of webinars called Show Me the Money.

March 3, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Achieving Collective Impact: How Partnerships Change Community Outcomes

Join this three-day workshop to learn how to create the five conditions of collective impact through clear, sequenced steps - from partnership creation, community engagement and goal setting through to problem analysis, intervention design, implementation, evaluation and improvement. Participants will learn how to take a Big Picture Approach to tackle a range of underlying issues in their communities, and focus on implementing the nuts and bolts of collective impact strategies.

March 4-6, Silver Spring, Md.
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