April 7, 2015
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First things first: Advice for engaging collaboration partners

An estimated 40 percent of carbon dioxide pollution in the United States comes from energy used in homes. In Portland, Oregon, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability wanted to provide homeowners an affordable opportunity to retrofit their homes with energy efficient upgrades, while also addressing issues of employment equity among residents and minority-owned businesses — an initiative that would require intersector collaboration across government, business, and non-profit sectors. But where to begin?
The answer: Engage potential partners. Read more.

Brokering Youth Outcomes Through Cross-Sector Collective Impact


In this guest post, Matthew Billings, Project Manager of Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC), discusses the intersector workings of CYC, a cradle-to-career network designed to help Providence and Rhode Island’s public and private agencies and systems work together. Read more.

What We're Reading and Following This Week


Knight Cities Challenge Winners
If you haven’t yet checked out the 32 winners of the Knight Cities Challenge, announced this week, you’re missing out.


Alliance Looking at “Next Big Things” Facing Local Government
The Alliance for Innovation, which works to inspire innovation in government, recently announced that it will look at the “Next Big Things” facing local governments in the next 20 – 50 years. In partnership with Next Generation Consulting, ICMA, and Arizona State University, the Alliance will consult subject matter experts, practitioners, and undertake a substantial literature review. We’re hoping cross-sector collaboration and alternative methods of public service delivery will make the list The “Next Big Things,” which will be released in Summer 2015. 


Concordia 2015 Summit Dates Announced
Concordia announced the dates for its 2015 Summit — Thursday, Oct. 1 and Friday, Oct. 2 — at the Grand Hyatt in New York. We’ll be there!


How Bloomberg’s Still Changing the Way Cities Operate
From Governing comes this close look at the infusion of private money that has come from Bloomberg Philanthropies and similar initiatives, with a focus on how New Orleans has levered the involvement of non-state actors to improve outcomes: “[New Orleans Mayor Mitch] Landrieu says his constituents now realize that New Orleans can’t survive without help from outsiders. ‘Literally everything we do here has a nonprofit component, a faith-based component, a philanthropic component and a government component,’ he says.”


Does civic tech have a funding problem?
In, Monika Shepard, of the government accountability nonprofit Global Integrity, argues that civic technologists need to have more conversations about how to monetize civic tech innovations.


Breakthroughs in Stakeholder Engagement
This blog from BSR Vice President Laura Gittman and Advisory Services Manager Sara Enright discusses insights from a March 27 BSR convening with 16 member companies on "how companies can better manage their external and internal stakeholder relations through stakeholder engagement strategies."


Systems Change Should Lift Up Beneficiary Voices
A thoughtful piece from Peter Long, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation (one of California’s largest health care grantmaking institutions), in SSIR on the importance of the presence of beneficiaries (not just leaders) in systems change efforts.


We now publish a weekly briefing on our blog each Friday to capture the new intersector collaborations surfacing across the United States and new, fascinating research and commentary emerging that provides insight into the intersector – the space where collaboration among government, business, and non-profit sectors enables leaders to share expertise, resources, and authority to address society’s most pressing problems.

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Case Study Corner: Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Children 

Children and youth in foster care face a unique set of educational challenges, including frequent school transfers, a lack of communication between public schools and child welfare agencies, and a lack of stable academic support and guidance. FosterEd is an initiative of the National Center for Youth Law, a national non-profit working to improve the lives of at-risk children, that improves the academic outcomes of foster children by ensuring they are supported by educational champions and strengthened by education teams. Read more. 

Upcoming Events


Working with Communities through Collective Impact: An E-Course
Are you participating? Living Cities' free e-course "to equip those involved in collective impact initiatives with tools for including and working with community members" is in its fourth week. To take the course, sign-up online now.


How Policymakers Use APPAM Member Research

This April 11 event at The University Club in Washington, D.C., will discuss a topic we follow with great interest here at The Intersector Project: How can we advance the exchange of knowledge and information among academics, policy makers, and practitioners to creating better informed policy decisions. Registration is still open.


2015 Transforming Local Government Conference

Hosted by the Alliance for Innovation, this conference will "move our gaze forward to coming trends and realities of what lies ahead, to explore what organizations should be doing now to prepare for" the future. Cross-sector collaboration has been a recurring theme in these conversations, and, while we can't be in Phoenix next week, we'll be following from afar. Learn more and register.

Resources for Practitioners

Created for practitioners from every sector, our Toolkit enables leaders to design and implement successful intersector solutions.


Our case studies profile leadership and tactics from successful collaborations in a variety of issue areas, including community revitalization, health and wellbeing, infrastructure, education, and environmental conservation. Our case library is one of the country’s leading libraries on U.S. cross-sector collaborations.

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