This fall, the Collective Impact Forum is launching its Essentials for Collective Impact online workshop series.
Registration for these workshops are open:
- Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: Thursday, September 28. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
- Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact: Friday, October 13. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
- Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: Thursday, October 26. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Registration is now closed for:
- Essentials for Collective Impact Full Series Pass
- Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: Thursday, September 14. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Visit our Workshop Eventbrite site to register.
ABOUT THE ESSENTIALS WORKSHOP SERIES
Are you working in a collective impact effort and looking for resources and guidance on how to strengthen your skills to improve the impact of your collaborative?
This fall, we are launching our Essentials for Collective Impact online workshop series. This all-new series of workshops will run during September and October 2023. The sessions focus on building practical knowledge and understanding around four key areas that support collective impact efforts: collaborative planning and engagement, facilitating results-focused meetings, strengthening trust and relationships, and avoiding common challenges that stymie the work of collectives.
Attendees can register for a “full workshop pass” and join all four online workshops or register for a single workshop based on the focus area of most interest. Each workshop is 3.5 hours; registration includes a copy of the recording and presentation materials to review afterwards.
Who should join Essentials for Collective Impact? This workshop series is designed for those doing collective impact or collaborative work and may especially be helpful for those in the early/beginning stages of your collective.
Visit our Eventbrite site to register for a workshop. Attendees can register for the full series pass and join all four online workshops, or register for an individual workshop on a specific topic.
- Full Series Pass (4 Workshops): $599
- Individual Workshop: $175
Group Registration Discounts:
There is a 10% discount for groups of 10 or more people who are interested in registering for the full workshop series. Please contact Christopher Pulido at email@example.com for information about this discounted rate. Group discounts are not available for single workshops.
A limited number of reduced-price registration scholarships are available for the each single workshop. This scholarship would reduce a single workshop registration from $175 to $50. To apply for a reduced-price scholarship, please complete the scholarship application, listed below by each workshop, by their respective due date.
- Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: Application closed on August 25, 2023.
- Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: Application closed on September 8, 2023.
- Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact: Apply by September 22, 2023
- Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: Apply by October 6, 2023.
To join either the full series or an individual workshop, you must register by the below dates. If the workshop hits maximum capacity, we will close registration before these dates. We encourage you to register soon to reserve your spot.
- Full Series registration: September 8, 2023
- Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: September 8, 2023
- Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: September 22, 2023
- Navigating the Dangers in Collective Impact: October 6, 2023
- Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: October 20, 2023
Cancellations and Refunds:
Refunds are available, minus a 10% processing fee, as long as registrants contact us ahead of the cancellation deadline. Please see our FAQ for cancellation deadlines for the full series and single workshops.
Have More Questions?
Please see our FAQ further down this page for answers to frequently asked questions. If your question is not addressed in our FAQ, please reach out to Tracy Timmons-Gray at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop Descriptions and Focus
Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning
Date & Time: Thursday, September 14. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Collaborative systems change work is complex and requires participants to be able to see the system in which they operate and understand how parts of this system relate to each other. In this hands-on session, attendees will learn about multiple tools for seeing the system in which they work, identifying key partners to engage from this system, and assessing how your collaborative work is unfolding across phases of collaborative evolution. We will practice applying two tools during the workshop: Actor Mapping and Ecocycle Mapping (see below for more on these two tools). Attendees will also receive an orientation to multiple other tools and resources that can help you visualize, plan, and implement your collaborative systems change work. Come ready to engage!
In this session you will:
- Practice creating an Actor Map, a systems thinking tool that focuses on identifying and visualizing actors in the system and understanding their connections
- Practice creating an Ecocycle Map for your initiative, which helps visualize how resources and energy are distributed across your work, in order to plan for collaborative resilience
- Learn about additional collaborative engagement and planning tools
- Discuss how you might apply these tools in your own work
- Learn from peers about how these tools apply in their contexts
Faculty: Cindy Santos, Senior Associate, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions; Jennifer Splansky Juster, Executive Director, Collective Impact Forum
Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
Date and Time: Thursday, September 28. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Engaging in collaborative work involves a lot of multi-stakeholder meetings. These meetings are critical for building relationships, sustaining momentum, maintaining accountability between partners, and advancing the collaborative’s work. But how do you design and facilitate these meetings in a way that is intentional, meaningful, and spurs action? In this online workshop, learn about tools and strategies to help you design and facilitate meetings that are results-driven and move your collaborative forward.
Faculty: Courtney W. Robertson, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Collective Impact Forum
Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact
Date and Time: Friday, October 13. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Collective impact initiatives—no matter what issue area they focus on—can run into a series of common challenges that can stymie progress on achieving results, discourage teams, and inadvertently create a culture where partners would prefer to go solo than keep trying to overcome the hurdles of working together.
How can a collaborative navigate these many “dangers,” and sustain their work over the long-term?
This workshop will go through 10 challenges that often hinder a collective and share some practices and principles to navigate through them and help set (or reset) your initiative on a path forward. From steering away from strategy drift to setting up a culture that encourages accountability, this session will provide candid, practical advice on many of the real-world challenges that pop up (or explode) when doing complex, long-term collaborative work.
Faculty: Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact
Date and Time: Thursday, October 26. 1pm – 4:30pm ET
Building and growing trust is one of the most critical factors to support long-term collaboration, and without it, engaging partners and community members, centering equity, and making progress as a collective can feel untenable.
This workshop will focus on practices that build and repair trust both interpersonally and among community members and partners. This begins with building authentic and empathetic relationships, is fostered through transparent communication, and advanced by working through difficult conversations and problem solving together. Participants will have opportunities to engage with each other and consider practical ways to apply the practices to their collective impact efforts.
Faculty: Dominique Samari, Principle, P3 Development Group; Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register for Essential for Collective Impact? Visit our Eventbrite site to register. You can join all four workshops with a full series pass, or register for individual topics that interest you.
Is Essentials for Collective Impact in-person or online? This is an online learning series. We will use Zoom Meeting for all sessions.
What time zone are the workshops using? We are using Eastern Time (US & Canada) with each session running from 1pm – 4:30pm ET. If you are joining from another time zone, please note the time difference.
What will each workshop entail? Each 3.5-hour workshop will include a mix of presentation, Q&A, and small group discussions. There will be a short break planned during each workshop.
What accessibility practices will Essentials for Collective Impact be using? We will have zoom auto-captions on for each workshop. Ahead of the workshop, we will send out copies of any presentation or handouts that the workshop will use. After the workshop, we will be sharing recordings of the workshop as well as any referenced resources.
Who Is Essentials for Collective Impact designed for? The Essentials for Collective Impact series can be helpful for anyone working in a collective impact effort, but may be especially helpful for those in the beginning/early stages of their collaborative work. If you are preparing to launch your collaborative or are in the first few years of your initiative, the resources shared in this series of workshops may be very valuable. The series is also broken up by topic, so you may choose the full series or the specific topic that you are most interested in.
If I attended the Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series in Fall 2022, will the content be the same? Can I join this series? The 2023 Essentials for Collective Impact series workshops are all new and are different from the topics in the 2022 series. So yes, please join us this fall!
What’s the difference between the Full Series and Single Workshop registration? If you are signing up for the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series, you are signing up for all four workshops. If you sign up for a single workshop in the series, you will be just registering for that specific workshop.
Will workshops be recorded? The workshop presentation and full group Q&A will be recorded and shared after the workshop with those who registered. Breakout group discussions that will be part of each workshop will not be recorded. Recordings will be shared within a week after the workshop.
Are there Group Rates available? Yes. If you have 10 or more people interested in registering for the complete Essentials for Collective Impact series of all four workshops ($599), there is a 10% discount available. Please contact Christopher Pulido at email@example.com on how to access this discount. Single workshops in the series do not have a group discount.
Can my team sign-up with one registration? No. Each person will require their own registration as this is an active workshop where attendees will be broken up into small groups during the workshop time to discuss learning questions during the session.
How do I request a refund? Registered participants who decide to cancel their participation in either the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series or a single workshop will receive a refund of their registration fee minus a 10% processing fee. The 10% fee covers non-recoupable administrative and credit card processing expenses associated with registration and event preparation. All refund requests should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are unable to process refunds after a refund deadline has passed.
Refund Cancellation Deadlines:
Full Workshop Series:
For a full four workshop series refund, requests for cancellations will be honored through Friday, September 8, 2023.
If you register for a single workshop, these are the refund deadlines. These are only for those who registered for a single workshop and not a full series pass.
- Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: Friday, September 8, 2023
- Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: Friday, September 22, 2023
- Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact: Friday, October 6, 2023
- Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: Friday, October 20, 2023