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Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire United Way Present Collective Impact Seminar with John Kania

Sheffield, Mass. — Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and Berkshire United Way invite nonprofit, business, government and civic leaders to attend “Collaboration for Results: The Principles and Practices of Collective Impact,” a capacity-building workshop with John Kania on Thursday, November 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crissey Farm, 426 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, Mass.  
Collective impact is a methodology that brings people together from different sectors to develop a shared agenda for achieving social change. Kania and Mark Kramer, of nationally recognized consulting firm FSG, were first to articulate this powerful approach to tackling complex social problems in a 2011 article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. 
By studying their clients around the country whose collaborations were making progress on a large scale, Kania and FSG identified five key elements that enable success where other collaborations fail: a common agenda, a shared measurement system, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and a backbone organization. Collective impact initiatives are underway—in the U.S. and abroad—to address a wide variety of issues, including education, health and health care, animal welfare, homelessness, poverty reduction, and youth and community development. 
The event, part of Berkshire Taconic’s popular annual “Seminars in Nonprofit Excellence” series, will feature a keynote and Q & A, as well as panel and small group discussions. Tickets are $40 per person; breakfast and lunch are included. 
Registration is now open at
Support for this event is generously provided by Berkshire Bank and Greylock Federal Credit Union. New York nonprofits will receive a 50% discount, made possible by a generous grant from the Dyson Foundation.