To create a culture of collaboration that drives transformative change.
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEW. The Civic Canopy is a community-based nonprofit focused on creating a culture of collaboration that drives transformative change to ensure stronger neighborhoods, healthier communities and a more just society. The Canopy changes the way we solve pivotal issues in society by connecting diverse groups of people seeking change in communities and equipping them with the tools to create meaningful and lasting impact. The Canopy's ultimate vision is that the many work as one for the good of all.
ORGANIZATION APPROACH; In a spirit similar to other collective impact models, The Civic Canopy designs and facilitates public processes using a research-based Community Learning Mode (CLM) that focuses on results, includes relevant and diverse stakeholders in thoughtful dialogue, and develops action plans and structures for learning from results-all within a culture of trust and collaboration. The CLM is a proven game-changer for achieving positive change in communities and puts collaboration at the forefront of solving issues that affect the way society functions.
Results - Clear articulation of the results sought is at the center of the model. The desired results and the re-assessment of them drive the community learning process.
Include - Ensure the various people, perspectives and systems involved in the work are engaged in the process.
Dialogue - Create a high-quality conversation that clarifies values, surfaces tensions and taps into creativity, leading to concrete plans that achieve results.
Act - Make sure the planning leads to action, both within planning processes and at each stage of implementation.
Learn - Set benchmarks and use indicators to assess the impact and quality of actions; learn from experiences and translate that information into more effective actions.
Culture of Collaboration - Strengthen the capacities that support collaborative work such as facilitative leadership, communication, information sharing and shared accountability. These elements strengthen the ability to move through the stages of the community learning model.
BUILD CONNECTIONS - through Shared Technology. Developing and supporting Civic Network, a technology-based resource designed to disseminate tools and best practices that support collaborative efforts, engage partners in discussion and information sharing, and connect efforts across disciplines and geography.
BUILD CAPACITY - through Training and Technical Assistance. Building the capacity of others by equipping them with knowledge, skills and tools to successfully carry out collaborative strategic planning, network development/stewardship and community engagement through a variety of trainings, events and individualized support.
BUILD a MOVEMENT - through Advocacy and Engagement. Changing city, state and federal policy and systems through the engagement and mobilization of a diverse membership base of individuals and organizations committed to working collectively.