In this post I want to introduce an idea on which I plan to write a lot more in the future: collective impact.
This is a concept first introduced in an article by John Kania and Mark Kramer for the Stanford Social Innovation Review. The basic idea is that if we are to address many of the more intractable social problems we are faced with today, civil society organisations can no longer go it alone. Instead, it will be necessary to find effective ways of charities, social enterprises, companies, public sector bodies, philanthropists and charitable foundations pooling their resources and working together to achieve shared goals. In the authors’ own words, collective impact is: “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.”