Collective Impact for Prosperity: Safe Streets and Good Jobs for Healthy, Educated People
Business, government and community leaders advance Memphis Fast Forward, a shared agenda of economic prosperity and well being for all citizens in Memphis and Shelby County.
Memphis Fast Forward (MFF) is a public-private leadership assembly stewarding a shared vision, collaborative planning and collective action towards prosperity and quality of life for all citizens of Memphis and Shelby County, Tennessee. MFF was launched in 2006 with a pledge of collaboration between the City and County Mayors and Memphis Tomorrow, an association of CEO’s of Memphis’ largest businesses, and other key public officials.
Today, MFF engages over 300+ diverse leaders from government, business, education, healthcare, community and neighborhood organizations across five domains – public safety, economic development, education, health and government efficiency. The MFF program of work consists of action plans for each domain with clear priorities and metrics managed by a “quarterback” agency and its own leadership board. These agencies and community leaders align and mobilize resources and policy to support collective work plans for shared goals within their domain.
Consilience Group (CG) has delivered on-going professional services to MFF over ten years to support collective impact in MFF’s public safety, education and health domains, as well as for MFF overall. CG’s research, community engagement, facilitation, planning and implementation services have supported MFF leaders and stakeholders across its domains to establish strategic priorities, develop domain-level plans, design on-the-ground initiatives, and strengthen community infrastructure for collective impact.
MFF, as a nationally recognized best practice for collective impact, has fostered infrastructure and mobilized initiatives to build the foundation for long-term positive change. Working with MFF leadership, CG-provided services helped leaders of MFF domain plans PeopleFirst Partnership, Operation: Safe Community and Healthy Shelby craft their program of work, organize their operating structures and develop workplans to mobilize stakeholders towards shared aims. These leaders have collectively moved the needle on various measures of progress towards safer streets, better employment opportunities, higher educational achievement and healthier people.