How We Can Help
At the Campus for Communities of the Future, affiliates work collaboratively to grow capacity for resolving complex social, economic, and environmental issues by supporting a culture of multisector collaboration between, and among, social enterprises, businesses, organizations, clients, citizens, and government.
We do this by providing learning opportunities, resources and frameworks, coaching, and opportunities for peer to peer knowledge exchange.
Our work focuses on working with existing, as well as aspiring, future focused leaders and organizations committed to ensuring an approach that builds on their existing assets and strengths to do more to balance economic and human values.
Our collective, decades of boots-on-the-ground experience has resulted in key learnings gained as the result of prioritizing the observation of success and innovation, rather than focusing on needs or weaknsess. Or, as Cormac Russell suggests, "Focus on what's strong, not what's wrong. This approach has provided a unique understanding of practical how-to's for sustainable, lasting impact in organizations and communities.
As illustrated in the graphic below, the most important of these learnings is that innovation and transformation result when time is invested in amplifying skills and capacity for collaboration. Ensuring skilled convenors and opportunities for knowledge exchange, as well as having a sense of hope and trusted relationships, provide the foundation for successful collaboration, innovation and ultimately systems change.
What we also observed is that many of the competencies (skills, knowledge, and atttitudes) that are required weren't typically included in existing learning opportunities. In large part this was because these skills were more about working externally with stakeholders (blue ring) rather than working internally as managers (orange ring). As result these competencies have become the basis for all of our formal and informal learning opportunities.
Additionally, we've found capacity in organizations and businesses was strong in some - but not all - areas required for innovation and transformation. As a result, we've developed an assessment tool for helping organizations and businesses determine their strengths as well as areas for improvement in order to enhance their ability to impact social, environmental and/or economic well-being.
Upcoming Learning Opportunities
Next Course: Sept/2022
Supporting Collaborative Initiatives
Next Course: Sept/2022
Cultivating a Collaborative Culture provides an overview at a generalist level of all four of the components identified as being essential for future-focused readiness (1) community (or stakeholder)-led development, (2) strategic foresight (3) systems-thinking, and (4) digital optimization.
Upon completion of this phase, participants will be better able to:
- apply strategies for supporting citizen and stakeholder engagement;
- better understand a collaborative planning process and its importance;
- apply strategies that result in a foundation of trusted relationships and readiness for collaboration;
- initiate a process for assessing/auditing collective assets and resources;
- identify digital tools and strategies that support working with and engaging stakeholders.
This course will be especially relevant for those who supporting a team or network to work with (1) citizens and other stakeholders at a broader level to address complex issues and are (2) committed to facilitating the trusted relationships and sense of belonging that is an essential foundation for innovation and transformative change. Emphasis will be placed on a stakeholder and/or community-led approach to planning that mobilizes multisector action.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be better able to:
...catalyzing collective capacity for the collaboration, innovation and systems change that is essential for resolving complex social, economic, and environmental issues.
We support your individual and organizational future-readiness by catalyzing capacity for increasing (1) community and stakeholder-led development, (2) systems-practices, (3) strategic foresight, and (4) digital optimization. We've learned these four components are necessary for the project and systems collaboration and informed decision-making we have experienced as being essential for transformative change and innovation.
“Innovative projects require being bold, perseverance, tenacity and a sprinkle of panic.”
-- Michelle Baldwin
" Many situations in life are similar to going on a hike: the view changes once you start walking. You don't need all the answers right now. New paths will reveal themselves if you have the courage to get started."