Bethia Burke, the Fund's director of strategy and resource allocation, implores: Let's find ways to work together and use resources more efficiently so individuals can access a well-balanced set of workforce services. The WorkAdvance model is a good place to start.
Chris Thompson of Civic Collaboration Consultants reflects on the essential elements of effective collaboration, or how to avoid its evil twin, coblaboration, in this post on the Tamarack Institute's blog.
Chris Thompson's "Collaboration: A Handbook from the Fund for Our Economic Future," gets at the how of collaboration, and shares what it takes to design, facilitate and sustain effective collaborations that can catalyze enduring, positive community change.
"We need to start by seeing and acknowledging the systemic inequity that exists in every setting," writes Christine Mayer, president of GAR Foundation. "Only after that honest reckoning can we begin to strategize on how we can create different, more equitable outcomes."
Our Chair Brian Frederick, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Lorain County, reflects on a racial equity workshop he recently attended and how we might really internalize diversity, inclusion and equity.
President Brad Whitehead and our Fund's Job Creation/Regional Strategy Initiative Leader Deborah D. Hoover of Burton D. Morgan Foundation, reflect on how our region can make good on the vision of Northeast Ohio as a national leader in additive manufacturing by 2023.