Yesterday, over 100 nonprofit and funder representatives gathered in Cromwell for our annual Forum, where we explored how to sustain the momentum in collective impact working groups. Many of us have enthusiastically joined these groups over the past years, looking to rally forces from multiple sectors to effect large social changes. We’ve also learned that this work is hard — moving the needle on big problems takes lots of time, energy, and resources … and we all still have our day jobs.
We were thrilled to welcome back Greg Hills of FSG social impact consultants (the gurus on collective impact,) along with his colleague, Melissa Oomer. They presented an interactive keynote that churned out lots of ideas on how to keep the wind in our collective impact sails. After that, they each joined one of our breakout sessions, where representatives of the Coalition for New Britain’s Youth and the Middlesex County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness discussed the challenges and triumphs of their own collaboratives. Many attendees told us they came away reinvigorated and ready to tackle their collective impact goals with renewed enthusiasm—exactly what we had in mind!