Nonprofit Doc's blog

Knowing, Naming, & Trusting

“Here’s my promise: I will know your first and last name by the end of the week.” Correctly learning and using the names of people is still one of the easiest and best strategies in community building and community change.

Listening for Crickets

Comedian and former host of the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson once offered three communication tips in a popular stand-up comedy performance. They are strangely applicable to collaboration leadership...as well as having a happy relationship.

A Community Thrives in Baltimore

Today the concept of a community school is considered innovative. In the past, particularly in rural areas, the school was the center of the community. There are still some communities, where consolidation could not take hold, where it is still true.

A Community Thrives in Baltimore

Canadians and the whole world have heard about the challenges facing Baltimore, Maryland. Despite the realities and perceptions of Baltimore, there is at least once place where there is a deep, thriving sense of community.

A Community Thrives in Baltimore

Canadians and the whole world have heard about the challenges facing Baltimore, Maryland. Despite the realities and perceptions of Baltimore, there is at least once place where there is a deep, thriving sense of community.

How's Your Collaborative Posture?

Whether it is Collective Impact, or another collaboration framework, our collaborative posture is a critical underlying factor in success.

Hey, What's that Buzzing Sound?

A buzzing sound can mean many things. When I was a kid growing up on an Iowa farm, a buzzing sound usually meant bees were near by. There are buzzing sounds that indicate good things are happening. I heard one just like that last week in Buffalo, New York.

To Engage or Mobilize?

There terms "community engagement" and "community mobilization" are often easily used as synonyms. However, the more I have studied and practiced both, the more I find the mixing of the two terms to be confusing, problematic, and incorrect.

Collective Leadership for Collective Impact

What do you do when you realize the monumental project you have undertaken will have to be finished without you? This was the question Antoni Gaudi faced when the architect realized his great work, the Sagrada Familia, would not be finished in his lifetime. His solution is one that is still available to us today.

A Reflection on Reflective Leadership

CI Around the World Participants
I have a confession to make. I attend Tamarack's Collective Impact Summits for very selfish reasons. I have come to experience and appreciate the annual event as a personal retreat.