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Collective Impact Summit

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

United Way brought Mark Cabaj, a leading expert on Collective Impact, to Lancaster County. More than 160 community and civic leaders, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, business leaders and community champions, learned more about how we can create systemic social change together. 

Featured Speaker: Mark Cabaj

Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement.

While studying the Solidarity movement in Krakow, Poland, in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signaled the end of communism in Eastern Europe - including walking on the Berlin Wall with a million people the week it came down in November 1989. He then rolled up sleeves and worked as an Investment Advisor in Poland's Foreign Investment Agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the new Ministry of Privatization, and the Mission Coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program's first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.

Back in Canada, Mark was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region's Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) (2001) and was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada (2002-2011).

Mark's current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly involved in developing and promoting developmental evaluation, a new approach to assessment which emphasizes real time feedback and learning in emerging, messy and sometimes fast-moving environments.

Mark lives in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) with his wife Leann and their children Isaiah and Zoë.

Supporting Resources:

Mary Sellers, United Way Worldwide, Presentation

Mark Cabaj's Keynote Presentation

Keynote - Moving the Needle Slides

Agreement and Certainty Matrix

Workshop #1 - Shared Measurement Slides

Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear,
The How Continues to Develop

If You Build It, They Will Come: Creating
the Space and Support for Real-Time
Strategic Learning

Eyes Wide Open: Learning as Strategy
Under Conditions of Complexity and


Workshop #2 - Eco-cycle of Collaboration Slides

Liberating Structures: Panarchy*

Liberating Structures: Eco-cycle Planning*

Workshop #3 - Common Agenda Slides

Planning and Evaluation

Techniques for Alignment

Participatory Action Research*

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