Sequoia Collective was built on a dream - that communities could experience fullness, leaders could work together and see meaningful change, and that wholeness and health could be seen in our cities.
In 2016, I was faced with a dilemma. While working with a planning firm consulting with communities throughout California I saw a disconnect between impact promised and impact seen. In my own work and in the projects I saw taking place in my community, I witnessed the negative impact of good intentions, or the settling for “good enough” instead of for the common good. But I could not see a real mechanism to use my expertise where I was to see communities transformed.
It was then that I began talking to coworkers, friends and neighbors to help identify what was happening under the surface. What began with a single conversation with Jeff Tanner, a co-founder of FLDWRK, soon transformed into months of ideating around what a future venture could look like. In early 2017, we began recognizing that the problems identified early on - disconnected communities, isolated leaders, and limited impact - are signs of something deeper.
An emerging field of work called collective impact (read more on our blog!) captured our attention. We focused our mission on convening and catalyzing siloed leaders and institutions into relationships that advance the common good. Based on the collective impact model, we want to make sense of systemic problems in our cities and facilitate the development of shared solutions alongside community and institutional experts.In many ways, we’re a think tank, but we’re not limited to research and insight. We’re an action tank for the common good.
If you find yourself resonating with this mission and vision, we’d love for you to join us. Like any not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization in its earlier stages, we need financial capital in the form of donations to fuel our work. We’re also currently looking to connect with experts in the following fields: affordable housing solutions, student debt, gentrification, and culture change.
And if you’re experiencing a problem in your organization and you want help making sense of it and developing solutions, we offer consulting services to help further your mission. Let us know how we can help.
For the world’s best future,
Executive Director, Sequoia Collective