The challenges facing today’s society are so large that nonprofits alone cannot solve them. That is why it is so important for nonprofit leaders to collaborate with each other as well as with both the government and private sector, in order to take on these growing issues. Rob’s guest today, Heather McLeod Grant, is the co-founder of Open Impact, as well as an author, speaker, and consultant with more than 25 years of experience working to create systemic change. In her new book, Leading Systems Change, Open Impact conducted a research study in two counties in California. Her findings showed just how disconnected the nonprofits have been in that area, both horizontally and vertically. At the same time, their initial findings showed an appetite and momentum for change from the new leaders.
Open Impact, a social impact advising firm, was able to bring together an incredibly diverse group of leaders and put them through six months of intensive leadership training. Through tracking different levels such as individual leadership, networking, and the systems that they were embedded in, they were able to see a massive rise in collaborations amongst different sectors.
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