The End of Poverty: A Survivor’s Journal

This article is the third in a series on Poverty and Human Rights in Canada. SUMMARY: In this personal narrative, social activist Michael Creek traces the changes in his life from its modest and ordinary beginnings to his long fight with cancer and a subsequent downward spiral that left him homeless and despairing. Creek also describes…

Tending a Social Innovation Garden: Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo and Creating the Space for Change

This article is the third in a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: Katharine McGowan discusses the achievements of Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo based on 30 open-ended interviews conducted with participants. Among her findings: virtually all participants valued the networking opportunities provided by the initiative; the majority valued the education they received; and most considered…

Leading a Social Innovation Process

This article is the second in a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: Nancy Mattes served as Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo’s director for nearly five years. In this article, she shares her experience about working in a complex change environment to build the “backbone organization” that would support the initiative. It challenged her assumptions about…

How Social Prosperity Came to Wood Buffalo, Alberta

This article is the first in a series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo. SUMMARY: With this article, The Philanthropist begins a five-part series on Social Prosperity Wood Buffalo, an innovative partnership involving business, the charitable sector, and an entire community in Alberta. In this article, Diane Shannon, executive director of United Way of Fort McMurray, sets…

United Way And Success By 6: Growing Up With Collective Impact

Summary: Celebrating its 11th anniversary, the collaborative approach to early childhood development in British Columbia implemented by United Way through its Success By 6 program is an intriguing model, which bears remarkable similarity to the Collective Impact framework. Supported by the provincial government and the credit union movement and coordinated by a modest provincial office, the…

Community Knowledge: The Building Blocks Of Collective Impact

Summary: Shared Measurement is a critical, and some think challenging, component of Collective Impact and in this article Lee Rose argues that we already have significant community knowledge, but that the power of community data to support and drive change lies in how we need to look differently at how we use and share these resources….