Asset Based Community Development

Stan Rowland – Collaborative for Neighborhood Transformation

This is a short overview of the underlying principles and rational of an asset-based approach to community development rather than a needs-based approach.

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Collective Impact

John Kania & Mark Kramer – Stanford Social Innovation Review

“Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.” This paper describes the TYPE OF COLLABORATION the Co-Op has been working on and the various “upfront costs” to partnering organizations it takes to move from “isolated impact” to “collective impact.”

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Holistic Sustainable Community Development

Tom Bassford, Executive Director of Significant Matters

This is a brief overview of the development strategy behind the work of Significant Matters.

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Mapping Community Capacity

John L. McKnight & John P. Kretzmann – Institute for Policy Research, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

This is a more detailed look at the process for asset mapping within a community

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Understanding the Value of Backbone Organizations in Collective Impact

Shiloh Turner, Kathy Merchant, John Kania, Ellen Martin

FSG and The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF)have partnered to understand and evaluate the role of backbone organizations in collective impact efforts. Originally published as a four-part blog series by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, this article shares FSG’s and GCF’s experience of working with a cohort of six backbone organizations in Cincinnati to help funders and practitioners understand what it takes to be a backbone and what the value of this necessary, though often behind the scenes, role is in collective impact.

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