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People all over the world are trying to work together in more collaborative ways in order to change things for the better – within their organizations, within their communities, and beyond. IISC builds the capacity of people to collaborate for greater social impact by modeling, practicing, and teaching the skills and tools of collaboration. We view our work through these three lenses:

IISC partners with organizations, communities, networks, and others to design and implement more effective, equitable and inclusive social change. And we offer workshops that provide participants with the opportunity to learn and practice the skills and tools of collaboration for social change so that they can do everything from designing meetings to building and running organizations and networks with greater social impact.

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One way we demonstrate our commitment to social justice is by building the leadership and collaborative capacity of grassroots leaders to engage, speak out, and participate fully in determining the policies and decisions that affect their lives and their communities. Learn more.


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IISC Blog Highlights
7/9/14 // Jen Willsea

Living Cities Takes Facilitative Leadership to Heart

Two recent graduates of a Facilitative Leadership for Social Change workshop Mistinguette Smith and I led ... More

7/8/14 // Curtis Ogden

Networks: A Love Story

  Over the past 8 years at IISC I have seen and experienced some interesting progressions. When I ... More

6/30/14 // Cynthia Silva Parker

Self-love Liberates

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is what the Community Healing Network (CHN), chaired by the late ... More


A Network Way of Working
IISC views collaboration through three lenses, one of which is the power of networks to leverage social change. In an IISC blog post entitled “Network Thinking,” IISC Senior Associate Curtis Ogden reflected on the differences between networked and more traditional organization-centric ways of getting things done. In the post, he wrote about the values we must hold in order to make good use of networks. And now, in Nonprofit Quarterly, the editors included Curtis’ reflections in a compilation of what they call “considerations about effectiveness in networks.” Read the full article here.

Philanthropy and Resident Engagement: The Promise of Democracy
During 2012-2013, IISC Senior Associates Cynthia Parker and Jen Willsea were pleased to have the opportunity to serves as facilitators of the Cultivating Community Engagement Panel for CFLeads, an organization with a mission to help community foundations advance the practice of community leadership to build thriving communities. Read more…