Metropolitan Planning Council
Positioning a New Coalition for Success
In need of a skilled coalition builder, the Metropolitan Planning Council brought on Foresight to facilitate the exploratory and strategic planning phases of the newly-formed Calumet Stormwater Collaborative.
When faced with a challenge larger than any one entity’s or sector’s ability to address it alone, the only option is collaboration. Recognizing this imperative, the Metropolitan Planning Council convened over 40 public and private entities to work together to effectively manage stormwater in the Calumet region on Chicago’s far south side.
By designing an innovative participatory process, rooted in a systems approach to problem solving, we engaged these entities in exercises that fostered collaboration, determined root causes, cultivated shared goals, and built momentum towards collective action. The Collaborative's work is ongoing and is now focused on key actions necessary for bigger, better, and faster impact on managing stormwater in the Calumet region.