The growing interest in the field of collective impact initiatives is an encouraging sign of the growing interest in truly working together as a broader community to ensure we all become more than the sum of our parts.  Following are some useful resources to get a handle on the core concepts related to collective impact, some tool kits to provide practical applications, and some additional resources on examples and presentations related to the work.

FSG Collective Impact Forum

“This is the place for those practicing collective impact to find the tools, resources, and advice they need. It’s a network of individuals coming together to share experience and knowledge to accelerate the effectiveness and adoption of collective impact.”–FSG Partners

Civic Canopy Collective Impact Toolkit

A Padlet site full of practical tools, examples, and resources related to the Civic Canopy learning community model to help support collective impact initiatives.

Ten Places Where Collective Impact gets it Wrong

A thoughtful critique of collective impact that cites the decades of multidisciplinary research and practice that is not often included in the current collective impact framing.

More than the Sum of Our Parts: Collective Impact and Community Change

Presentation given at the 2014 Colorado Nonprofit Association

Collective Impact: Partnering to Ensure Colorado Children, Youth, and Families are Healthy and Thriving

Presentation given at the 2014 Strengthening Families Conference.

Collective Impact for Environmental Education

Webinar given by Bill Fulton & Meghan Chaney in December 2015

Collective Impact

the article that started it all. Highlights several models that help frame the initial conception of collective impact, highlighting STRIVE in particular. Outlines the core ingredients of what enables collective impact to occur.

Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work

A one-year-after article following the first one, informed by the many groups who wrote back to Kania and Kramer to say “Hey, we are collective impact-like too! Feature us!” Includes a wider array of models than the first article, international to local, large to small, and some reflections on how people actually choose to implement this approach.

Embracing Emergence

The third in the FSG series of ground-breaking articles, this one speaking to the challenge of dealing with complexity across community systems and driving change in chaotic, interactive environments.

Getting to Scale—Magnolia Place

More of a place-based approach, and very philosophical in many ways, but rooted in similar questions—how do we get to scale, how do we leverage efforts, how do we unite in a common enterprise to serve kids and families.

Needle Moving Collaboratives

Bridgespan Group’s solid assessment and framing of what the secrets to success are in collaboratives that are making a big difference on complex social issues around the country.

Constellation Governance

A slightly different take on the same theme, from a governance perspective—how do you organize loose networks of affiliated groups working on similar issues. There is an elegance to the metaphor that seems to resonate with people, even if it is not quite as hard-hitting as the collective impact text. Draws heavily from lessons in self-organizing systems and emergent science.

Community Operating System 2.0

This is a short article we wrote for the Municipal Advocate in Boston outlining the metaphor of a Community Operating System 2.0—a new way of working together that creates learning communities/communities of practice around shared outcomes.