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…

Apprendre À Danser Le Tango Sur Un Fil De Fer: Agir Selon Une Approche D’Impact Collectif

Sommaire: Au cours des vingt dernières années, Lyse Brunet a été au cœur d’initiatives majeures axées sur une approche d’impact collectif en tant que vice-présidente de Centraide du Grand Montréal et première directrice générale d’Avenir d’enfants, un fonds de 400 millions de dollars créé conjointement entre le Gouvernement du Québec et la Fondation Lucie et André…

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…

Q and A With John Kania And Fay Hanleybrown

Summary: Liz Weaver from the Tamarack Institute was able to catch up with John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown from FSG at the Champions for Change—Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact conference held 1-3 April 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. John and Fay share their recent experience and latest thinking about Collective Impact in this interview…

Evaluating Collective Impact: Five Simple Rules

Summary: Since the 1960s, the field of evaluation has struggled to develop concepts and methods that are useful for the complex work of community change. The ambitious nature of the latest iteration of community change approaches, Collective Impact, amplifies this challenge. This article describes five simple rules that have emerged out of 50 years of trial…

Social Networking And Other Technologies: Capturing The Attention And Maintaining The Social Significance Of An Issue For Young People

Introduction This article is about ways in which digital natives converse day-to-day and explains the value in knowing how they converse. “Digital native” is a term that is used to describe young people in First World countries who were born into an era during which the Internet truly became popular: the digital era. The focus…

Social Economy: Two Perspectives (Review Essay)

Understanding The Social Economy: A Canadian Perspective by Jack Quarter, Laurie Mook, & Ann Armstrong, Toronto: University of Toronto Press; 2009. isbn: 978-0-80209-645-6 CIRIEC: The Worth of the Social Economy. An International Perspective edited by Marie J. Bouchard, New York: Peter Lang Pub. Inc.; 2009. isbn: 978-9-05201-580-4 These two books represent milestones in defining, explaining, and describing…