CD110 Spring 2019 Collective Impact and Transformation

  • Teacher: Brenda Herchmer
  • Released: 2018-06-22
  • Price: $ 50.00


badge CD110 Collective ImpactOrganizations and communities must be responsive, nimble, and entrepreneurial in order to respond to increasingly complex issues and challenges. This won’t happen without citizens who are active, creative, and engaged. Community builders will play an increasingly important role in making this a reality by supporting the development of the relationships, networks, and webs that will serve as a foundation for the meshwork, intersectoral initiatives, and collective impact that will be necessary. Working with diverse stakeholders and coaching them to step outside their comfort zones and think about what is possible will be essential. This session is designed to help practitioners support the change of thinking that will be necessary and will share a specific methodology and tools for change.

Learning Objectives:

  • explain the increasing importance of working with other organizations and sectors
  • distinguish between cooperation, collaboration, collective impact, and community impact
  • implement a methodology for collective impact and intersectoral initiatives
  • identify key tools and resources for supporting collective impact and intersectoral initiatives


Plan Name Price
Unlimited: $ 50.00


Brenda Herchmer

Brenda Herchmer is a passionate community builder with an eclectic background in government, community, academic, and business settings. The owner and Principal Collaborator of Campus for Communities as well as a consulting firm called Grassroots Enterprises, her primary focus is simplifying complex change for aspiring community leaders through the provision of practical coaching, speaking, tools, and training (online and on the ground).

Brenda is an avid blogger, author of three books, and was acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education. In 2016 she was also awarded the Brock University Distinguished Graduate Award for the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, and in 2017 was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Recently she served as the director of ACE Communities – a $6 million initiative of Alberta Recreation and Parks Association - which was responsible for facilitating planning initiatives to improve quality of life and economic development in over 60 rural Alberta communities. Many of the learnings from this initiative helped shape the Campus for Communities.

Previously Brenda has worked for the City of Niagara Falls, in non-profit settings, and was a full time professor at Niagara College where she also founded and managed the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. The Centre was acknowledged by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the prestigious national Peter F. Drucker Innovation Award.

Although Brenda and her family lived for a period in Alberta they have returned to their roots in Niagara and live and work in Welland, Ontario where they also own a board game cafe called the Leisure Loft and an online kite and kiteboarding store called Horizon Kites.