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Community Impact Certificate – Part 1: Introduction to Social Change (In-Person)

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Community Impact Certificate 

4/12/2022, 5/10/2022, & 6/7/2022

The Community Impact Certificate is designed for community leaders who are interested in amplifying the impact of their mission by mobilizing their community for system-level changes. In the three core workshops, participants will discuss the use of the collective impact framework as well as community organizing strategies and policy advocacy movements that seek to "move the needle" on complex issues.

The Community Impact Certificate also utilizes virtual coaching sessions after each of the core workshops to create greater understanding of the material shared and identify meaningful ways to integrate these concepts moving forward.

During the learning experience, participants will explore how to cause real change that improves lives as well as be a part of a problem-solving, peer network that is dedicated to connecting, sharing ideas, and creating a better future for others.

(To complete the Community Impact Certificate, complete the three core workshops plus three elective workshops. You may choose any three additional CNM workshop to fulfill your elective requirement. To sign up, register for Part 1 and it will automatically enroll you in the three core workshops.)

 Overall Certificate Objectives:

  • Recognize the individual and institutional systems, and how they work together 
  • Explore the history of inequities and recognize how to embed equity to create community impact
  • Learn how to move from social change theory to concept to action
  • Participate in group coaching on how to apply what you have learned
  • Build a foundation for applying systems thinking through creating a personal action plan


Part  1:  Introduction to Social Change with Megan Godbey & Joy Bronson (In-Person) - 4/12/2022 - (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST)

Morning Session with Megan Godbey 
Join us in exploring what we can do to further empower our Nashville community through social change. In this session, learn about the social change framework of  collective impact and how this approach can create community-wide change through bringing people together to work toward a common mission. Participants will learn what types of problems are best suited for the collective impact framework (CI) and how this large-scale work can be structured to increase success. (Note:  Workshop attendees will also attend a virtual coaching session to deepen their understanding of the material in Part 2.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the five conditions of the CI framework
  • Describe the evolution of the CI framework (CI 3.0)
  • Determine which types of social problems are best suited for the CI approach
  • Explain the difference between technical and adaptive problems

Afternoon Session with Joy Bronson  
Equity has become a national buzzword; but what is equity, and why does it matter in systems change and community impact? What does it look like, and how do we practice for genuine and meaningful impact here in Nashville? This introductory session will explore an understanding of equity as a work of community engagement and practice, and why it’s critical to begin practicing right where we are now. (Note:  Workshop attendees will also attend a virtual coaching session to deepen their understanding of the material in Part 2.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Interconnecting the importance of equity as a condition of successful systems change work
  • Understand the historical construction and present reality of systemic inequities and why they must be deconstructed to achieve equity
  • Explore the distinction between awareness, education, and practice
  • Understand the importance of equity practice in our own roles and spaces of power to become successful and competent in practice organizationally

Part 2:  Systems Change for Social Change Makers with Rod DeVore (In-Person) - 5/10/2022 -  (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST)

Systems change has increased in popularity with nonprofits, funders, and practitioners who are ready to focus on the root causes of social problems. However, what is systems change and how can I use it?  In this second session, you will learn more about what systems change is and what it looks like in the real world. Through interactive and visual activities like systems mapping, learn tools to help you begin focusing on the root issues in society. (Note:  Workshop attendees will also attend a virtual coaching session to deepen their understanding of the material in Part 1.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what systems thinking is and how it applies to social change
  • Learn how to create and use cluster maps and actor maps 
  • Build a culture of learning: fostering systems thinking in your organization 


Part 3:  Building Your Equity Lens with Sarah Bounse (Zoom) – 6/7/2022 - (9:00 AM - 3:30 PM CST)

Incorporating an equity lens into the work of systems change is essential. One strategy can be the organization asking itself  a specific set of questions: “Is this policy/practice/program/initiative of ours equitable? If not, why and how can we make it more equitable and fairer?” This set of questions is your organization’s equity lens. In this final session, you will learn about equity and systemic inequities, what an equity lens is, and how to develop and implement your own equity lens, which can lead to systemic change in your organization and community. This workshop will include time and resources to help organizations develop their own specific equity lens for their sectors and focus areas, and participants will leave with a drafted equity lens to share with their organization. (Note:  Workshop attendees will also attend a virtual coaching session to deepen their understanding of the material in Part 3.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what the basics of equity are and why they matter
  • Learn critical points in history that have led to current inequities
  • Identify strategies to embed equity into organizational practices, programs, and/or policies 
  • Learn how to develop your own equity lens and how it will help reach your mission and vision
  • Explore tools for how to implement equity processes in your organization
  • Understand what barriers Nashville organizations are facing in achieving equity
*Workshop times are Central Standard Time.
April 12th, 2022 9:00 AM through  3:30 PM
37 Peabody St., Suite 201
Nashvlle, TN 37210
United States
Phone: 6152590100
Workshop Price
Community Impact Certificate (Member $375 / Nonmember $750) $750.00
Certificate Details
Certificate Course Community Impact Part 1 (CI Core)