(pictured above: some of the attendees at our December Member Meeting and Holiday Happy Hour show off the awards that were bestowed upon them by fellow Thread members in recognition of the many accomplishments achieved over 2018).

It was a busy year for Thread STL, so busy that we neglected to keep our blog regularly updated! Alas, much happened this year.

First, we got into a groove with a bimonthly Member Meeting schedule. Members got the chance to hear candid, unscripted perspectives and musings from a variety of partnership and coalition leaders and participants, including the leaders of Forward Through Ferguson, Project reCast, Full Frame Initiative, and USI (formerly Urban Strategies). Thread staff, Steering Committee, and members designed and launched programming together, resulting in a Peer Coaching Circle and two Learning Cohorts (check out the curated resources here, including the Knowledge Briefs).

And finally, amidst all of the new activities, Thread’s host organization, Social Innovation St. Louis, found a new home at what is now the Community Innovation and Action Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. We’re excited about how this change has already helped to accelerate and strengthen what Thread can offer to members, including connectivity to data and evaluation infrastructure and planning for new skill-building opportunities such as a Coalition and Partnership Leadership certificate program.

We’re not slowing down. Stay tuned for all to come in 2019!