Collective Impact

Nonprofit, business, government, and philanthropy all play integral roles in helping solve complex problems in our communities. At CNM, we’re working to develop a culture of collective action in Middle Tennessee that moves the needle on our community’s most pressing challenges.

If you are a community change-maker who wants to accelerate progress and participate in the collective action movement, explore CNM’s Collective Impact programs.

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Networking Opportunities

Community Conversations

CNM’s Community Conversations kicked off in Fall 2020 as a series of five virtual gatherings focused on building and sustaining collaborative movements in times of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Anyone engaged in a collaborative effort is encouraged to attend these free events. Collective impact groups are encouraged to bring 3-5 members from their team to engage in the topics together and connect with other collectives.

Past conversation topics include:

  • Virtual Community Engagement & Movement Building
  • Scenario Planning
  • Collaborating for Equity & Justice
  • Collaborative Fundraising
  • Opportunity for Policy Change

Each conversation features dynamic facilitation from local and national leaders, peer learning through discussion, experiential opportunities with practical tools, and small-project consulting opportunities.

Stay tuned for upcoming Community Conversations.

Connected Community Affinity Group

Welcome to a safe space for sharing, reflecting, processing, learning, and growing. This group is dedicated to those who are on-the-ground working in collaborative spaces – with or without the collective impact framework – with the goals of achieving social or systems change.

Cross-sector collaboration is tough and necessary work and perhaps even tougher in virtual spaces in the middle of a global pandemic. This group’s purpose is to connect you with others who are doing similar work so that you receive tangible, concrete tools to support your important work.

Here is what you can bring to and expect from the group:

  • Equity-centered discussions
  • A solutions-oriented process to collaborative problem-solving
  • A confidential and judgment-free space to unpack challenges
  • A willingness to explore individual and/or collective challenges
  • Confidence and encouragement with and for your professional peers
  • Dynamic group facilitation

The Affinity Group meets twice per month and participants can join either gathering as they are able. If you are interested in joining the Affinity Group, please contact us below.

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Learn about the tenets of collective impact at your own pace in CNM’s collective impact workshops. Collective impact workshops are designed for professionals at any level and from any sector.

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Take a deeper dive into collective impact content and conversation with CNM’s Collective Impact Certificate. Participants will expand their knowledge of the collective impact framework in a cohort-based model enhanced by peer learning.

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Want to propel the work of your existing collective impact initiative forward? The Collective Impact Catalyst provides custom consulting for existing collaborative initiatives that are intentionally using the collective impact framework. Initiatives will set key outcomes for your catalyst work, and CNM will match your group with a team of consultants.

Applications for the 2020 CI Catalyst are currently closed.

Unsure which Collective Impact program is right for your organization?

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