Tag Archives: Leadership Development / Capacity Building

How one community trust and eight local leaders are creating a healthier, more livable South Bronx

By Phil Bors on November 6th, 2019

In 2014, the New York Community Trust (NYCT) invested in three South Bronx neighborhoods to help them become healthier places to live. The Healthy and Livable South Bronx initiative was a departure from past grant efforts, which focused more on individual agencies that provided direct services. In partnership with New York State Health Foundation, NYCT […]

Facilitative Leadership Really Does Work

By Sarah Strunk on March 1st, 2018

The Health Legacy Collaborative Learning Circle (HLCLC) Project

It’s Not About the Horseshoes

By Tim Schwantes on October 25th, 2017

A few months ago I joined members of the Alamance Wellness Collaborative, a county-wide coalition that Healthy Places by Design supports, on visits to sites around Alamance County, NC. I helped organize this field trip so Collaborative members could learn about different built environment projects co-funded by Impact Alamance and local municipalities. We were learning […]

Is Facilitative Leadership an Art or an Ordeal?

By Rich Bell on August 16th, 2017

If you’re a changemaker who is committed to community engagement as an essential practice for advancing health equity and addressing complex problems, you are undoubtedly drawn to facilitative leadership. After all, you’re dealing with the failures of inflexible, hierarchical, and overly-specialized systems in order to solve these problems. And who wouldn’t support leaders who listen, […]

The Unexpected Way Organizations Exploit Vulnerable People

By Tim Schwantes on July 20th, 2017

Imagine this scenario: you’re part of a group of summer interns working on healthy community projects, each with a specific focus that requires a deep understanding of the local context and engagement from residents. You’re excited to start talking to residents, and you know the assignment aligns with your interests. However, early in your project, […]

A Conversation with Natalie S. Burke about Facilitative Leadership

By Sarah Strunk on February 16th, 2017

Some people leave a lasting impression. They live beyond their comfort zones, their vulnerability reminding you that if you don’t try, you almost certainly will fail. They speak their truth authentically and passionately, paving a way for you to search more deeply for your own. And they lead with a spirit of abundance that cultivates […]

How to Prepare Your Partnership for Unpredictable Times

By Danielle Sherman on November 9th, 2016

While volunteering as a poll monitor yesterday, I helped voters successfully cast their ballots and documented their experiences to improve the process for future voters. As I stood near both Democratic and Republican representatives of Wilson County, NC making their case to voters in the final hours, I was reminded of a powerful lesson: ultimately, […]

Check Your Leadership Lens Before Embarking on Collective Impact

By Risa Wilkerson on June 15th, 2016

“We think we want to do Collective Impact. How do we get started?” When asked this question by a staff of a nonprofit organization striving to improve the health of their community, we paused. “Why do you want to use the Collective Impact Model?” we asked. [1]  They answered that funders and others were talking about […]

Community Service Partnership Builds Capacity and New Leaders

By Mary Beth Powell on June 8th, 2016

Maria Restuccio had never heard of a Splash Park before she researched others in North Carolina and across the country. By the time she completed her investigation, however, she had become Impact Alamance’s resident expert on splash park design, costs, features, and operations. This was just one of many tasks Maria was assigned during her […]

These Two Pastors Became Believers—In Young People

By Rich Bell and Sarah Moore on May 25th, 2016

The Reverends Richard Joyner and Jeffrey Brown reached turning points in their careers when they realized that the early, preventable deaths in their communities—due primarily to poor nutrition or violent crime—were problems they could help solve. Through their authentic approach to community engagement, specifically with youth, both have created positive change that many in their […]