Resources for Partnership Strategies + Behavioral Science (Newsletter)

May 11, 2018 0 By mbiggar

May 11, 2018

Spring is a great time of year to get outside, walk and bike. Yesterday, I joined one of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s caravans for Bike to Work Day. It was invigorating and great fun to bike down Market Street with so many others biking. The new protected bike lanes on a segment of Market Street (see left) are fantastic, but car traffic on other less protected segments (see below) made some of the ride challenging.

While great strides are being made in San Francisco and elsewhere, we have a long way to go to make cities and communities safe, convenient and attractive for biking, walking and using transit. I’m committed to supporting cross-sector partnerships that catalyze the change necessary to create healthy, thriving communities. A cornerstone of such communities is abundant active transportation.

In this Spring newsletter, I’m sharing my recent presentations on cross-sector partnerships and updated website with new resources.


Collective Impact Convening, Austin, TX (April 3-5)

I led a workshop with Laura Rodriguez from Youth Outside at this 5th annual convening hosted by the Collective Impact Forum, Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions, and FSG. In our workshop Building a Local, Cross-Sector Collaborative: Structure and Processes for Equity, we shared how we developed the governance structure, work groups and interaction agreements for equity and inclusion for the cross-sector collaborative, San Francisco Children and Nature (website coming soon!).

At the conference, we were moved and challenged to think deeply by keynote speaker Vu Le, Executive Director of Rainier Valley Corps, who presented on Collective Impact with Community (presentation starts at 1:12, though I recommend starting at 1:08 to listen to spoken word artist ChiClopz). Hope SF also led great sessions (Rebuilding Trust, Transforming Power: Art, Faith and Culture as the ‘Soul’ of Collective Impact and Trauma-Informed Collective Impact: From Hurt to Healing in Communities of Color) on their collective impact initiative to transform public housing and revitalize communities in San Francisco.

Saving Animal Lives in Oklahoma (April 30)
I presented on collective impact to a statewide gathering of animal shelters, nonprofit groups and government agencies convened by the Kirkpatrick Foundation. Over 100 attendees gathered at the Oklahoma History Center in Oklahoma City. They learned together from related national initiatives and exemplary programs in the state and about how they may achieve a 90% live release date for dogs and cats by the year 2025 through a collective impact approach.

Connected to Place Website- New Resources

I’ve revised my website with a new theme, improved organization and more resources that I hope will be helpful to those of you interested in systems level social change that involves partnership strategies and/or behavioral science.

I appreciate any feedback on the website, including what might make it more useful to you.

In partnership,


Matt Biggar
Connected to Place