2019 Anchor Collaborative Convening: Memphis
The Anchor Collaborative Network is inviting communities across the US and Canada to Memphis from December 3-5, 2019 to build on the first year of learning in the Anchor Collaborative Network. This convening will bring community wealth building conveners together to share lessons from four working groups, learn from the thriving anchor collaborative underway in Memphis' Medical District, and collectively work to solve the share and unique issues across this diverse group. The Democracy Collaborative would like to extend our immense gratitude to the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC), Open Society Foundations, and The Annie E. Casey Foundation for supporting this movement building event.
This community of conveners first met more than one year ago, since which time they have begun individual and collective work in four priority issue areas, formed formal and informal coaching relationships, and continued to build the field of communities engaging anchor institutions in community wealth building. This December's convening will include:
- Site visit tracks to nine of MMDC's community partner focusing on three themes: showcasing local backbone organizations, place-based community development, and youth engagement in the community
- Workshops to connect with lessons from working groups and set the groups' agenda and priorities for 2020
- Work to continuing defining this growing movement combining anchor collaboration with a community wealth building lens
- Anchor collaborative pitch practice, telling ACN members' complex stories of change
- Problem-driven peer coaching among collaborative leaders
- Opportunities to network and share solutions emerging in participants' diverse communities
- Charting the future growth and direction of the Anchor Collaborative Network
The Memphis Medical District Collaborative is a community development organization working with partners to strengthen the communities in the Memphis Medical District so that they are more livable, vibrant, and safe. An effort of this magnitude would not be successful without the collective support, active engagement, and coordinated collaboration of the District's eight anchor institutions. The anchor institutions collectively represent over 16,000 employees, 8,000 students, 250 acres of property, and have $2.7 billion in operating budget.