Rethinking the HOW of Social Change: Embracing the Complexities - Collection of Articles from Winter 2017 Issue: Advancing Critical Conversations: How to Get There from Here Winter 2017: Volume 24 Issue 4

Rethinking the HOW of Social Change: Embracing the Complexities - Collection of Articles (Winter 2017)
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RETHINKING THE HOW OF SOCIAL CHANGE: EMBRACING THE COMPLEXITIES

Collective Impact and Systems Change: Missing Links

The admittedly derivative collective impact model was launched back in 2011 and took the sector by storm. Here Landsman and Roimi, who have had firsthand experience with the approach, describe the limitations of the model’s five-point system and present two case studies in line with a deeper systemschange approach to collective work.

by Greg Landsman and Erez Roimi

Are Backbone Organizations Eroding the Norms that Make Networks Succeed?

This article focuses on one of the core tenets of the collective impact model— that networks must be supported by a base entity—and asks, “How did we find ourselves here, with a dominant model whose success depends on a backbone organization?”

by Danielle M. Varda

Disproving the Hero Myth of Social Entrepreneurship

In order to successfully address our society’s and the world’s most perplexing problems, what’s needed are “large, cross-sector, multistakeholder collaborations and other collective efforts.” Isn’t it time we retire this “Lone Ranger” figure once and for all?

by John McClusky