The Collective Impact Model is a disciplined approach to multi-team collaboration and systems change that has proven to be highly effective at addressing an array of complex issues. This is done by understanding that a project is not just about enhancing the regional economy, but also by developing stronger social and educational circles with each individual.
Steel River uses this Model to holistically work with Indigenous communities for positive social and economic change. Through the development and execution of the Collective Impact Model, all participants are informed and involved throughout the life-cycle of the project. By identifying phases rather than a step-by-step process, it allows for accountability and structure in an organic and respectful process.
This CIM involves celebrating each other’s culture and strengths, learning from Traditional Knowledge Keepers, understanding barriers (current, residual, and systematic), engaging youth, combining resources, aiding in the development of immediate and long-term workforce planning, and supporting social, cultural, and entrepreneurial initiatives.
The model provides a framework for the organic creation of long-lasting meaningful connections, centered around shared values, common goals, and specific outcomes. Through the acts of authentic sharing, exploring, planning, and working together, the relationships deepen and become as unique as the communities with which they are fostered.