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Whether you’re working on a local collective impact initiative or a national public-private partnership; whether you’re a practitioner or a researcher; whether you’re looking for basics or a detailed look at a particular topic, our Resource Library can help you find the information and tools you need for your cross-sector thinking and practice. The Library — which includes resources from research organizations, advisory groups, training organizations, academic centers and journals, and other sources — spans issue areas, sectors, and partnership types.

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This article from Project for Public Spaces discusses the importance of integrating “community-based processes” in placemaking efforts rather than simply strategies or solutions that are “imposed and implemented by city leaders or planners” and references several examples. The author writes, “A community’s connection to place…

With two-thirds of the world’s population forecast to live in urban areas by 2050, there is increasing focus in the public and social sectors on “resilient cities” — cities that can “bounce forward,” anticipating and adapting to changes in the environmental, social, and economic landscape….

“Public-private partnerships, or P3s, have nearly a quarter-century track record of delivering infrastructure and services for public sector agencies worldwide. … [S]ome of the most interesting applications have been in the defense sector, where the United Kingdom in particular has blazed a trail with almost…

“The term data collaborative refers to a new form of collaboration, beyond the public-private partnership model, in which participants from different sectors — including private companies, research institutions, and government agencies —  can exchange data to help solve public problems. In the coming months and…

“Every company benefits from ‘the commons,’ the set of communal resources that allow firms and workers to be productive,” argue Karen Mills and Chris Rudnicki in this article for the Harvard Business Review. “Business has a key role to play in restoring America’s commons, but…

“I believe cross-sector collaboration is often the best way to tackle complex problems, as we can access more wisdom and power if we work across sectors,” writes Gap Inc. Executive Vice President for Sustainability Bobbi Silten in this reflective contribution to the Huffington Post. “But…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher In this contribution to SSIR, StriveTogether’s Jeff Edmondson, Target’s Kate Mohan and United Way’s Stacey Stewart describe “ecoystem investing” — an approach that is “inherently more complex [than traditional investing], requires a different set of assumptions, and produces…

✴︎ Available only with purchase from publisher In this contribution to SSIR, Living Cities Director of Collective Impact Tynesia Boyea-Robinson offers a “framework to help nonprofits effectively partner with the business sector; it focuses on who, when, and how to engage businesses in social change.”