The Social Innovations Journal will soon offer a new course on Collective Impact with a Justice and Equity Lens from Septermber 8th through October 13th.
Collective Impact is “a disciplined, cross-sector approach to solving complex social and environmental issues on a large scale.” Collective Impact (CI) includes five conditions and three pre-conditions which, when applied in a comprehensive way, have demonstrated remarkable effectiveness in addressing a broad range of issues. Collective Impact is also very much an evolving body of practice whose effectiveness is being accelerated as the growing number of practitioners who are now implementing it share their insights and experiences.
The Collaborating for Equity and Justice Framework (CEJF) was developed as a counter to the popular Collective Impact (CI) approach. CEJF moves beyond CI by fore-fronting equity and justice through six foundational principles:
- Explicitly address issues of social and economic injustice and structural racism.
- Employ a community development approach in which residents have equal power in determining the SECs agenda and resource allocation.
- Employ community organizing as an intentional strategy and as part of the process. Work to build resident leadership and power.
- Focus on policy, systems, and structural change.
- Build on the community engagement literature and scholarship.
- Construct core functions for the collaborative based on equity and justice that provide basic facilitating structures and build member ownership and leadership.
This course is taught with the purpose of translating global rhetoric to local action. Upon completion of the course participants will leave with a collective impact strategy document to create societal impact and influence systems and policies within their own ecosystem. Participants will also have an opportunity to publish an article within the Social Innovations Journal.
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