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Spark Update: In Systems Change, Individuals Matter

Individuals Matter.
Many of the problems our partners are working to address cannot be solved by organizations working in isolation: our impact is greater when we work together and ensure those most impacted by the change are part of the problem-definition and solution. Spark’s approach to systems change is fundamentally grounded in an inclusive and collaborative process, building the capacity of all to ignite change.

In our October Spark Update, we share examples of enriching systems-level thinking at the individual, stakeholder, and network levels. We also provide a toolkit for ensuring all voices are heard in social change initiatives.

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August Spark News: Getting Unstuck – Equity, Advocacy, and Collective Impact

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Are We Getting Anywhere?

Spark Policy InstituteAt Spark, we’re experts at developing actionable strategies to achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes. But in today’s complex environment, it’s sometimes challenging for our partners to see the progress they’ve made. In our August newsletter, we’re sharing resources you can apply in real-life settings to measure your progress and take positive steps forward, no matter where you are in the process of making meaningful social change happen. We’re also excited to share new efforts in understanding Collective Impact and how it is, or isn’t moving the needle on systems change.

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January SparkNews: A Look Back

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Spark logoAs we kick off the new year, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on a year filled with ups, downs, and in-betweens, all in a handy infographic. We also wanted to say thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to sparking change for the better last year. From all of us at Spark, here’s to a happy and change-filled 2017 – cheers!

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November SparkNews: Keeping the Momentum

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Spark logoOur original plan for this month was to write about thankfulness – how thankful we are for you, our partners, who are the best part of what we do. We are grateful and humbled every day that we get to work alongside such inspiring people and organizations, whose efforts and initiatives are making a difference throughout the country. But we also want to touch on the election and its implications. We work with partners who have been advancing policy and community strategies to address important issues at all levels, from individual lives to how communities, cities, regions and the country respond to problems. During times of significant political and social shifts, it can be difficult to maintain the momentum of this work. Yet, the importance of it has not diminished; if anything, it is even more important.

Core to who we are at Spark is our commitment to engage in learning and reflective processes in a way that helps our partners identify what still holds true about how you can act to advance the issues you care about, and when and how you need to adapt. We also want to reaffirm our commitment to addressing inequity, ensuring voices are heard, accepted, and respected, while building capacity, in an effort to drive meaningful systems change for all.

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September SparkNews: Better, Together

Like a good book and a rainy day, cookies and milk, road trips and your best playlist, some things are just better together. Why? Because they are able to bring out the best in their partners. It’s often the same in systems change work: when we strategically partner with each other, the whole is better than the sum of its parts because of the synergy created from the collaboration.

This is not to say good collaborations just happen. As anybody who is in a relationship can tell you, they take work and commitment; sometimes they take compromises; and almost always they take introspection and honest assessments. This month, we’re taking a look at how to do just that. We’re featuring blogs and actionable tools around strengthening collaborative efforts, as well as taking a look at what collaboration and collective impact really mean in practice, in an effort to help us get to better, together.

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