Celebrating 5 years of collective impact and community engagement in the fight against poverty in East Texas.
PAUL SCHMITZ, Keynote Speaker
Paul Schmitz is CEO of Leading Inside Out, a nonprofit and philanthropic advisory firm, Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum, and the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation and Impact. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up. Paul previously served as CEO of the national leadership development organization Public Allies, was a social innovation advisor to the White House, and has been named three separate years to The Nonprofit Times list of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America.
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Community Engagement Matters
Community engagement is about ensuring that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. The participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbors, and trusted leaders should be an integral part of data-driven processes to achieve better results. And a shift in power where community members own and help produce the result will lead to greater impact. I share lessons from Public Allies, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, and from collective impact efforts I’ve visited and advised. My talk builds on the recent article I co-authored with Melody Barnes, Community Engagement Matters (Now More Than Ever) in The Stanford Social Innovation Review (it was their most read and shared article of 2016) and the recent Community Engagement Toolkit I built to help groups create rigorous, comprehensive engagement plans.