Collaborating for Impact
Cardinia Food Circles
is the name of the cross-sector collaborative effort to grow a healthy food system in Cardinia Shire.
The project was initiated by Cardinia Shire Council in partnership with Sustain: The Australian Food Network to build on the work of the Healthy Together Victoria initiative and has grown to span over 20 organisations and a wide range of local residents, businesses, community groups and schools.
All of us have committed to working together to solve some of the most pressing challenges our local communities are facing in food, farming and health, and to support and amplify the good stuff that’s already on (or in!) the ground.
Food Circles Timeline
Our Collective Impact starts with the recognition that no single school, parent, farmer, doctor, organisation, local government or business can tackle on our own the monumental/‘wicked’ problems we face in food, farming and health. It’s a bit of a fancy sounding term, but if you strip it right back, collective impact is a framework that organises collaboration across sectors and groups. The concept was first articulated by John Kania and Mark Kramer in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011 where they stated:
"Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organisations.”
The simple diagram below shows the way Collective Impact works to align the work of organisations towards a shared goal to maximise impact instead of energy and effort being focused on individual and disconnected, and often duplicating points:
CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO READ ABOUT OUR SHARED VISION & ACTION PLAN AND HOW WE ARRIVED AT THEM!
We’ve got a lot of folk round the table, and so have pulled together the following image to show how all the pieces of our collective fit together.