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?
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.