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a step toward “collective impact”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities on July 10, 2014 at 4:15 am

Yesterday, we attended an afternoon workshop exploring the big picture dynamics of effecting social change. We and others got a look at “Collective Impact.”

As the Stanford Social Innovation Review states: Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.”

In simpler terms, it’s a process of bringing a bunch of disconnected entities who may have similar goals for social change together to establish “a common agenda for solving a specific social problem, using a structured form of collaboration,” according to Wikipedia.

Last evening, while looking through The Merchandiser, we thought this article about two local organizations that came together for a common goal,  represented a sort of “micro-version” of the collective impact that remembers noted Columbia artist, Lloyd Mifflin.

collective impactSOURCE: The Collaborative Impact Forum

At least one other person who shares a vision of what could be for achieving social change locally attended the workshop too. Others – elected public servants, municipal employees, school board members, economic development volunteers, boaters, renters, landlords, home owners, business owners and all community shareholders – would benefit from learning more about collective impact.

Maybe, just maybe, collective impact offers the platform that Columbia needs to achieve positive social change. It’s certainly worth a look at:

  • a common agenda,
  • shared measurement metrics,
  • mutually reinforcing activities,
  • continuous, open, transparent communications with all shareholders and
  • a team without ulterior motives, dedicated to orchestrating the work of the group to a common good.

We’re reminded of another great management illustration, a classic parable about the value of having a common vision and getting there.

“Please, would you tell me,” said Alice, a little timidly, … “why your cat grins like that?”

“It’s a Cheshire cat,” said the Duchess, “and that’s why.”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where –” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“– so long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.

“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “otherwise you wouldn’t have come here.”

SOURCE: Alice in Wonderland, an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

Saturday morning – Infant & Child Car Safety Seat Check

In Education, Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities on July 9, 2014 at 10:08 pm

car check


email from a landlord

In Lists, Opinions, Opportunities on July 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm

There’ve been so many comments bandied about at Websites and facebook pages about the problems in Columbia being created by “them” – “those” – and others.

One landlord with multiple properties in Columbia sent this in an email to Columbia news, views & reviews:

“Everyone wants to bash Columbia Landlords. Why not help them get good tenants?

Here is a link that shows all Evictions and cases that a person had. I use (the site) to screen possible tenants


I enter “Search Type” = “Participant Name” and then enter last and first name( with possible spelling changes) and then for County I put Lancaster and York in 2 different searches”

Columbia news, views & reviews regularly refers to the Website; several Columbia residents, including homeowners, are listed there, too.

We applaud the landlord for the due diligence process he’s using and suggesting.

July’s a great month to come to the Library

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on July 1, 2014 at 5:01 am

01 - pennies


02 - bug


02 - wed - movie

and so it begins …

In Education, Everyday Living, Government, History and Heritage, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, Treasures on June 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm

the series

click on the above graphic to read the LancasterOnLine special report on Columbia.

One commenter says: “This is fantastic high-quality journalism!”

Indeed, it is! … and some are recanting earlier suspicions.

Questions about things

In Everyday Living, Government, In Columbia, Opinions, Opportunities, People on June 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Following Monday’s “council of the whole” meeting, several questions emerged. We’d like to share them.

  • Who is trashing the town and the River Park? The councillors debated the infusion of trash that’s been overflowing the municipality’s trash receptacles – at the River Park and along the streets in town. Someone suggested the trash containers could be emptied every day. Someone suggested that the “island people” in the Susquehanna River were the trash dumping culprits. Someone else said that it’s the boaters. More than one person actually suggested that the borough remove all trash cans. What then? Invite people to just throw litter, including hundreds or thousands of cigarette butts, where? Here’s a picture taken a few hours ago today, Tuesday.


  • Why do people who profess to love the River love to trash it? Yesterday afternoon, we watched a young man fishing from one of the floating docks; he nonchalantly flicked his cigarette butt into the River. A few steps away, two young men were dropping their boat into the River from the launch ramp. One of them flicked his cigarette butt into the River too. That’s some tough love, killing the fish and the River that provides so much recreation for so many. Surely there’s no sewage going into the River?
  • Do the spy cameras work? The mayor told everyone about the damaged chain link fence that protects River Park visitors from the railroad tracks. He said the damaged fence was not the result of vandalism. Instead, he said, during the morning on Monday, a boater was attempting to launch his and had an apparent heart attack. Consequently, the victim’s vehicle lurched forward and knocked into one of the light poles, bending it and breaking the glass atop the pole and the vehicle continued up the grade into the chain link fence. According to the mayor, the police arrived on the scene within 15 minutes and the “gentleman” driving the vehicle was deemed to have had a heart attack. Surely the spy cameras in the River Park and around town digitally captures “trash-tossing” terrorists and the tragic accident. Don’t they?


crash too

bent pole


  • Who will be invited to the big “to do?” Did you get your invitation to come to the Route 441 Relocation Project Ground Breaking Ceremony slated for July 11, 2014 at 9:00 am at a “to-be-determined” place?

441 bypass

  • Ever heard the phrase “300 years of tradition unimpeded by progress?”

Artist reception on Fourth Friday at Jonal Gallery

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on June 23, 2014 at 6:04 am

jonal 2

Tomorrow at the Library – “Songs and Stories of Science”

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Opportunities, People on June 23, 2014 at 5:31 am

songs and stories

“As Ellsberg says on the billboard, a whistleblower ‘might save a war’s worth of lives.’”

In Government, Opinions, Opportunities on June 22, 2014 at 5:58 am



Events abound at Fourth Friday in June –

In Everyday Living, In Columbia, Lists, Opportunities on June 21, 2014 at 6:50 am

ff june

Click on the above graphic or the link below to download the entire news release.

Source: Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce press release


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