First 5 Ventura County (F5VC) is the lead agency, working together with 4 other participating partner communities, including Alameda County, CA, Orange County, CA and Boston, MA. They have contracted with Collective Impact to assist in implementing a “Research to Action” grant to establish the effectiveness of playgroups in the continuum of care for serving young children (birth to three) and their families.
Collective Impact used our signature Community Design Innovations model to work with National Healthy Start Association in Washington, DC. Specific focus was on preparing Healthy Start grantees to assume a greater role in functioning as the “backbone organization” (as described in the Collective Impact model) in their respective communities across the nation.
“My personal experience with Bruce Decker and Collective Impact has actually saved my hometown by meeting, talking about the problems, working on issues, and collectively coming up with solutions by creating a plan to alleviate substandard housing and provide quality homes for all of Wayne County. We have actively started a Neighborhood Association that is over 100 members strong and are continuously working to make not only our town, but every town in Wayne County a better place.” ~ Rose Meredith - Executive Director, Wayne County Community Services Organization, Inc., Huntington, WV
More and more, innovation is springing not from particular industries or disciplines, but rather across them, says Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts & Cultures. "When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines, or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a large number of extraordinary new ideas."
See the Prime Time Morning interview of Frans Johansson about The Medici Effect.