How to Create Lively Collective Impact: Reflections from Seattle/King County

How to Create Lively Collective Impact: Reflections from Seattle/King County

An Interview with Kirsten Wysen, Initiative Director of The Integration Initiative Seattle/King County site, on what they’ve learned about creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity.


Last April, five new sites from the southern and western U.S. joined the existing partners in The Integration Initiative (TII). Albuquerque, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco and Seattle/ King County will apply the principles of collective impact to increase opportunities for low-income people.

Living Cities and our partners learned a lot from the first round of TII – and know we still have room to grow. In the second round, we’ve committed to a developmental evaluation approach. We will be refining what we are doing – and sharing our learning – as we go.

With that in mind, we asked the directors of our new site partners to share what they are learning as a part of TII.

Here, Seattle/King County Initiative Director, Kirsten Wysen, shares her reflections on what the region has learned about creating greater health, social, economic and racial equity.

Did what Kirsten said resonate with you? Share what you are learning about collective impact in the comments below.

Jeff Raderstrong

Jeff captures lessons learned from The Integration Initiative sites for sharing with Living Cities’ members and the field more broadly. Jeff is also the founder of UnSectored, a community platform for re-thinking social change.

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