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

 
 

The Framework

Collective Impact

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:

 
 
Concept that informed this image courtesy of the    Denver Education Attainment Network

Concept that informed this image courtesy of the Denver Education Attainment Network

 
 

CLICK ON THE BUTTON BELOW TO READ ABOUT OUR SHARED VISION & ACTION PLAN AND HOW WE ARRIVED AT THEM!

 
 
 

Our Collective

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.

 
Glossary:    The backbone function  in collective impact is to help guide vision and strategy, mobilise funding, enable continuous communication across partners, support development of shared measurement systems and the alignment of work towards a common goal. While many aspects of the backbone role in Food Circles is being undertaken by Sustain: The Australian Food Network, some key parts of that work are also being done and led by the Strategic Steering Group and partner organisations (i.e. guiding vision and strategy and mobilising funding).   Settings  are the community settings where we live, work and play such as at home, schools and workplaces, parks, gyms and leisure centres and other community settings like shops and public spaces.

Glossary:

The backbone function in collective impact is to help guide vision and strategy, mobilise funding, enable continuous communication across partners, support development of shared measurement systems and the alignment of work towards a common goal. While many aspects of the backbone role in Food Circles is being undertaken by Sustain: The Australian Food Network, some key parts of that work are also being done and led by the Strategic Steering Group and partner organisations (i.e. guiding vision and strategy and mobilising funding).

Settings are the community settings where we live, work and play such as at home, schools and workplaces, parks, gyms and leisure centres and other community settings like shops and public spaces.

 
 

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