River RaftingWelcome to Co-ignite's CollaborAction Project Hub

Where individuals and organizations come together to achieve Collective Impact.

Why? Because we find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century in a dire situation:

  • The way we used to take action together is no longer working.
  • The urgent, complex, and global issues we now face were caused by our need to work toward inidividual gain.
  • These complex issues can only be solved by working together to balance individual needs with shared goals that work for the betterment of all.
  • We need to combine all our efforts in a coordinated way to address whole issues from many different directions at once; to move beyond isolated, individual impact toward Collective Impact.

However, Collective Impact isn't easy to achieve.  Most partnerships, networks, and other joint efforts fail because not enough attention is paid to providing the infrastructure and coordination required to make the collective effort work.  Collaborative success can only be achieved where there is skillful collaborative leadership that coordinates everyone's contribution toward achieving a shared vision and collective goals instead of sub-optimized individual agendas.

Co-ignite offers the skilled collaborative leadership, coordination, and management required to achieve Collective Impact.  We are the backbone organization that makes collaborative projects really work.   

What's Here?

You have arrived at the front door of our on-line CollaborAction Workplace.  Members may login at the link at the top, right corner. 

This web site is a central "CollaborAction" hub where we:

  • Define our shared goals for collective action.
  • Decide how our individual efforts will reinforce each other to create larger impact.
  • Clarify what success will look like and measure our progress toward that success.
  • Learn our way forward by engaging in adaptive learning practices. 

Here are some of the specific things you can do here and now to engage with us:

We hope you will join us in our conversation as we learn how to transform
the way we make our collective actions more impactful together!

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The Co-ignite Collaborative Blog
  • Discovering your Purpose

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on May 14, 2010
    Tagged in: purpose, change, challenge

    When everything is feverishly changing around us, how do we know which way will lead toward success?  When we define our success on what is going on out there, the path will always be shifting and changing creating a confusing, exhausting, and ultimately futile journey. 

    However, when we shift our definition of success toward one of living our own purpose and contribution, the path forward is clear, more stable, and more powerful.   We aren’t just looking for shifting opportunities to get something we need; we come from a solid place of offering real value to the world and expecting to be fairly compensated for that value.

    Whether you are an individual or an organization, answering the fundamental questions of what is your essence of being, what offer are you making that is of real value to others, and toward what mission are you moving toward will ground you in a stable bedrock of purpose that will serve to clearly guide you when all else is chaos. This use of purpose goes far beyond the standard vision or mission statements meticulously word-smithed by countless companies or individuals long forgotten in filing cabinets as part of a strategic planning exercise.  To discover your purpose means reaching down into your soul to find the answers that rock your very being and deeply move your customers or clients.  It’s not so much about what you do as what you stand and strive for.  It’s more alive and more compelling to ourselves, our colleagues, and our customers.  It is a huge differentiator in a competitive market. 

    Do you think you already have a purpose and that you can discover it? Or do you lean toward the notion that you choose your own purpose?  Respond and let me know.

  • Shift Happens: How Can We Prepare for our Future?

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on May 12, 2010
    Tagged in: learning, change, capability

    A colleague of mine shared a popular YouTube video with me.  It’s called “Shift Happens” and you can view the video by following this link: 

    Shift Happens Video

    He offered it because it highlights a central theme of mine that economic discomfort we are experiencing is not just a recession, but a symptom of much larger changes and challenges facing us.  These changes are reaching a point where they are breaking many underlying assumptions we have about learning and education.  My favorites among the facts highlighted by this video are:

    • The amount of technical information generated in our world is doubling every 2 years.   For students starting a 4 year degree, half of what they learned in their first year of study will be outdated by their 3rd year of study!
    •  The Top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not exist in 2004.
    • We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t yet exist.  Using technologies that haven’t been invented.  In order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.
    • The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10-14 jobs…   By the age of 38.
    • 1 in 4 workers has been with their employer less than one year.  1 in 2 has been there less than 5 years.

    Are our schools and universities adequately preparing us and our children for our future?  When I saw this video, my doubts were dramatically increased.  If our schools and universities aren’t adequately preparing us, who will? 

  • Will You Choose to Invent Your Future?

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on May 07, 2010
    Tagged in: learning, change, challenge

    I was talking with a successful small business person today and he was scared; really scared.  He was wound up so tense, I wondered if his muscles might fuse his bones in place. Welling with tears, he shared with me that for the first time in his life he wondered whether he would become homeless.  His spouse had a job in home remodeling and she was struggling to find remodeling jobs after being so successful for many years.  He was a teacher, recently out of work.  Now they had only half the money coming in that they needed to pay the bills.  The fear in his eyes was heart wrenching.

    Like so many hard working, successful people, he is now facing hard choices.  Most of us are shrinking back to live on as little as possible waiting for the good times to return.  However, I sense that something more fundamental has changed that calls this strategy into question.  Like a great meteor hitting the Earth in the days of the dinosaurs, huge forces are at work changing our economic landscape.  I suspect the change these forces are bringing to our world will make our future look very different from our past.   Not necessarily bleak or bad, just different than it was before.  Whether you perceive it as good or bad will depend upon your ability to adapt. 

    Unlike the now extinct dinosaurs, we have the ability to learn and change during times like these.  We have the ability to understand what is going on and choose a different path and a different way to live in the world.  Taking a step back and understanding the larger picture of what is going on and choosing to invent a different future is our biological advantage.  However, it does require us to make a choice to change.

    Will you be a pawn, wearing yourself out doing more of what worked in the past with less, feeling like a victim? 


  • The Upside of Down

    Jeff Young
    Jeff Young on May 05, 2010
    Tagged in: learning, change, challenge

    I just bought a book titled The Upside of Down – Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization by Thomas Homer-Dixon. In it he makes the case that there is a very positive and creative opportunity inside every down cycle we have experienced in our history and, if we look for it, times like the present can be one of the best opportunities for innovation.

    I personally am choosing to adopt this view. I am listening less to news and focusing more on what I see as possible and what I want to stand for and bring into this world. This is why Co-ignite has taken such a leap forward in the past few months. I see it as a way that we can all help each other bring and unprecedented spirit of innovation and creativity to our lives.

    We all have a lot to learn at many levels in order to reinvent ourselves, our communities, and our businesses into something that will be sustainable in this new era that is now emerging. Co-ignite is a place where we can come together whenever it fits in our busy lives to get the support, the camaraderie, and the practical learning required to adapt to a new future.

    What is it that helps you stay positive and innovative while we are all being challenged to learn new ways of living? Share them with me, this community, and your own networks of friends and family. This spark of optimism and innovation is where our new future is being born.

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