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September 29, 2014
Collaborate: to work with another person or group in order to achieve or do something .
What does collaboration look like? In Larimer County, one example is 50+ Community Impact Partners working together towards common goals, like reducing poverty, in order to increase prosperity for everyone.
Community Impact Partners are nonprofit human services agencies, school districts, community organizations, professional associations, volunteer groups, the faith community, government entities, and foundations who meet high standards of effectiveness and efficiency who join in strategic collaboration to achieve a common purpose by sharing responsibilities, risks, and rewards.
On Tuesday, September 23rd, United Way of Larimer County hosted the first Partner Summit, a time to build relationships, problem-solve, and work together to make Larimer County a better place to live, work, and play.
Dr. Martín Carcasson, Director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, spent the morning laying a foundation for collective impact (the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem). He also helped identify potential tensions and different expectations that might exist between some of the organizations present in the room and provided tools to move past them, a key step in moving toward a collective impact. Dr. Carcasson quoted Stephen Covey: “Change happens at the speed of trust.” We are not going to see change in our community until we can learn to trust each other more and move beyond personal agendas and individual mentalities.
In order to have a collective impact in Larimer County, partners need to focus on a common agenda, mutually reinforcing activities, shared measurements, backbone support and continuous communication. These five conditions all help lead to meaningful results.
After lunch, attendees participated in break down groups focused on the areas of education, income and health, United Way's three Impact Areas. These sessions are necessary to get key players from each impact area in the same room, discussing how to work together to best help the community. Each group spent time talking aboutframework for working the collective impact model, focusing on shared measurement and reinforcing activities.
The Partner Summit is just one step in many to making our goal of cutting poverty in half by 2025 a reality. Check out United Way's Community Impact Plan version 2.0 for more information on strategies to achieve this goal.
Together, we can help everyone in Larimer County have the opportunity for a better life. Together, we're changing Larimer County for good. You can be a part of the change. Donate to the Community Impact Fund to support the community-wide movement to improve lives and drive lasting change right here in Larimer County.
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