C4CW is building a movement of communities and practitioners committed to learning—and remembering—how to access collective wisdom in support of profound change.
To help build this movement, we design and facilitate small and large-scale change efforts grounded in the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework, and offer capacity-building sessions and resources to help individuals and teams learn how to embody this framework in support of their own change efforts.
Systems Transformation • Collective Impact
For organizations or communities that want to undertake large-scale transformation or impact initiatives grounded in the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework, C4CW consultants work with leadership teams to design and help implement these efforts.
Recent example: We are currently helping to design and support a ten-year, ten-sector community impact effort to strengthen families, beginning with a movement to reduce and prevent homelessness. Our roles include working with county leaders to design the overall initiative; providing data support to initiative leaders; designing and facilitating multiple wisdom dialogues; and designing and facilitating county-wide and community-level engagement summits.
Recent example: We designed and facilitated a comprehensive transformation effort for a multi-city behavioral health system that had recently suffered bankruptcy. At the heart of this process was an ongoing series of community conversations and decision-making processes among myriad stakeholders to rebuild trust and develop shared agreement about a new vision of a community-driven system focused on priority results.
A Wisdom Dialogue is a structured process, grounded in data, that helps groups embody the Leadership for Collective Wisdom framework in support of resolving adaptive dilemmas and improving results. C4CW team members both facilitate the dialogues and help participants learn the process so they can lead future Wisdom Dialogues on their own.
Recent example: We worked with staff from a program that supports transition-aged youth who are homeless. After conducting an orientation in the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework for program staff, we designed and facilitated a year-long process to help them redesign the program. Through this process, staff developed new data systems to track progress with each program participant, and new processes to better engage youth in developing and implementing their own long-term recovery plans. This process was part of a larger systems transformation initiative.
Recent example: We worked with a leadership team from a multi-county organization serving children and families, leading them first in an immersion training in the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework, and then facilitating a Wisdom Dialogue™ focused on improving staff recruitment, training, and retention. Team members developed several no-cost and low-cost strategies for working with new staff, and renegotiated several contracts to allow for rate increases for several programs.
Our orientations and immersions help participants begin to experience and embody the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework, both within the context of their day-to-day responsibilities and their more ambitious change efforts.
Recent example: We designed and led an immersion training for senior leaders and mid-level managers of a countywide children’s system of care. We followed that experience with several half-day orientations for all staff.
We also offer leadership development programs designed specifically for consultants, foundation staff, and staff from backbone and other intermediary organizations who support organizational and community change efforts.
A series of online courses will soon become available for individuals who want to explore the basic commitments and practices of the Leadership for Collective Wisdom™ framework independently of any change process we are facilitating. If interested, please provide your contact information to us so we can keep you updated about this and other developments.
Building the Larger Movement
Beginning in 2018, we will hold regular conferences and online events, bringing together practitioners and thought leaders from around the world to advance this movement for a different way.