Using collective impact to achieve our goals is about uniting multiple efforts under one common agenda. This agenda must be comprehensive and collaborative, building on and merging issue areas to work towards clean water from as many angles as possible.
Collective impact is defined as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem” by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. It’s different from collaboration in that it involves “a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.”
“the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem” – Stanford Social Innovation Review
Lancaster Clean Water Partners uses principles of collective impact to avoid the shortcomings of isolated impacts, including similar groups competing for money, disconnections between conservation and government and business, and issues with scaling up. Instead, we will leverage dollars in Lancaster strategically and with multiple partners at the table, striving towards clean water with as many players at the table as possible. Achieving clean water within our generation, is going to take the whole village.
The Lancaster Community
The Lancaster Agricultural Council produced this video “So much to celebrate!” to highlight the diversity of Lancaster agriculture and how much it has to offer. The agricultural community is critically important in feeding our population. It can also play a critically important role in keeping our local waterways clean and clear!