StriveTogether and Harvard Business School Partner to Talk Collective Impact

Discussing Collective Impact and the Role of Business in Improving Education Outcomes for Every Child


On Tuesday, May 13 2014, leaders at StriveTogether and researchers at Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project, as well as leaders in education work across the country, discussed a recent case study published by the Harvard Business School, StriveTogether: Reinventing the Local Education Ecosystem. Gathering on Twitter using the hashtag #USComp, talked about the current climate around collective impact and the role of business in facilitating this effort.

According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Collective Impact is “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.” The StriveTogether approach is a collective impact effort in that it attempts to bring a community together around a cradle to career vision for education to support the success of every child.

StriveTogether hosted the chat in collaboration with Harvard Business School’s U.S. Competitiveness Project. Questions for discussion included:

  • Why is involving business important to your collective impact effort?
  • What types of business make ideal partners?
  • What was the biggest barrier to business engagement? How can you overcome it?
  • Does the data-driven nature of collective impact help attract the business sector?
  • What advice would you give to other communities interested in collective impact? Business engagement?

You can read a summary of the chat online to see what people from General Electric Volunteers MilwaukeeEDWorksThe Commit! PartnershipOhio Hi-PointUnited Way Toledo and many more had to say

For additional information about collective impact, StriveTogether or the U.S. Competitiveness Project:

  • Read StriveTogether: Reinventing the Local Education Ecosystem  to learn more about community initiatives across the country that are effecting change in education using the evidence-based approach from StriveTogether.
  • Find out more about the U.S. Competitiveness Project, a research-led effort by the Harvard Business School to understand and improve the competitiveness of the United States. The Project has produced a series of research papers exploring PK-12 education.

About KnowledgeWorks

KnowledgeWorks is a national nonprofit organization advancing a future of learning that ensures each student graduates ready for what’s next. For 20 years, we’ve been partnering with states, communities and leaders across the country to imagine, build and sustain vibrant learning communities. Through evidence-based practices and a commitment to equitable outcomes, we’re creating the future of learning, together.