In their piece on Collective Impact Mark Kramer and John Kania of nonprofit consulting firm FSG argue that "large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated interventions of individual organizations." They point out that the "go it alone" approach so often found in the social sector many times leads to little progress on some of the most difficult issues that we face as a society. And their idea—Collective Impact— offers a proposition for shifting the paradigm.
At the 2013 NCG Annual Meeting we hosted a conversation with FSG Founder and Managing Director Mark Kramer about the latest learnings and progress on Collective Impact. Using practical lessons from the field, the session illustrated how this innovative approach can lead to sustainable impact at scale for our communities and the role of philanthropy institutions, networks, and collaboratives within that.
Keynote Speaker Bio
Mark Kramer is co-founder and Managing Director of FSG and the author of influential publications on shared value, catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing.
He oversees FSG's consulting practice and action initiatives, and also serves as a Senior Fellow in the CSR Initiative at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Mark is a founder and served as initial Board Chair from 2000 to 2004 of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, a nonprofit research organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Mark has spoken and published extensively on topics in philanthropy and Corporate Social Responsibility, including strategy, evaluation, leadership, social entrepreneurship, community foundations, venture philanthropy, cross-sector collaboration, and social investment.
He is co-author, with Professor Michael E. Porter, of several influential Harvard Business Review articles, including "The Competitive Advantage of Corporate Philanthropy" (2002), "Strategy and Society: The Link Between Competitive Advantage and Corporate Social Responsibility" (2006), and "Creating Shared Value" (2011). In the Stanford Social Innovation Review he has written or co-authored "Catalytic Philanthropy" (2009), "Collective Impact" (2010), and "Channeling Change" (2012). He is also a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
Prior to founding FSG, Mark served for twelve years as President of Kramer Capital Management, a venture capital firm, and before that as an Associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston. He received a B.A. summa cum laude from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. from The Wharton School, and a J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.