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Upside Down Thinking: Disrupting the Status Quo

Calgary, AB • July 28, 2016
Red Deer, AB • September 12, 2016

In this one day workshop participants will learn about Upside Down Thinking - both a mindset and a tool to challenge current practices in our community work and within our organizations.

Join disruptive thinker, Mark Holmgren to learn the fundamentals of this approach, practical tools for using it as both a group participant and facilitator and learn how to apply this thinking to make an impact on our ability to think and make change together. 

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Upcoming Events

Keep an eye out for these upcoming events coming to a city near you

Community Engagement: The Next Generation
Vancouver, BC | October 25-27

Learn the latest engagement techniques and interact with the technology that will transform how you engage your clients, customers, funders and partners at this three day workshop. 

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Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes
Hamilton, ON | November 15-17
Evaluating Community Impact is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

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Collective Impact Webinar Series

Hosts: Ontario Trillium Foundation and Tamarack Institute
Dates: Ongoing | May 9 - September 8 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

This 9-part capacity building series is jointly supported by Ontario Trillium Foundation and Tamarack Institute and focuses on the key elements of collective impact. Each one-hour session will focus on one of the five phases of collective impact and will review tools that will help guide planning for that phase. At the end of each session a brief description of Ontario Trillium Foundation's Collective Impact Grant will be provided.

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Community Change Institute Webinar Series

Dates: July 20-July 27, 2016

With the CCI fast approaching, each 1-hour webinar in this series will focus on a different theme that will be featured at the event. Each webinar will also bring in both faculty from the event, such as Liz Weaver and Paul Born, as well as Keynote speakers, such as Stephen Patrick and Severn Cullis-Suzuki, to provide an introductory conversation around key topic areas such as the art of disruption and collective impact.

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The Ontario Student Grant: A Case Study in Collaboration

Speaker: Hon. Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier and Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Government of Ontario
Date: July 26, 2016 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST

This spring, the Government of Ontario embarked on the single largest modernization to Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) ever, making tuition free for low and moderate-income families, reducing costs for many middle-income families, and turning a complicated grant and loan system into a streamlined system geared to increase accessibility and flexibility for students. Join Deputy Premier and Minister for Advanced Education and Skills Development Deb Matthews to find out how Ontario brought together those inside and outside government to ensure that merit, not money, determines who can access higher education.

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“I believe that Tamarack is the authority on community engagement and development. The information presented points the way but is not prescriptive, which gives us the power to figure it out ourselves.”

-2016 Community Engagement participant


"Loved being able to work with people from a very different sectors it made it less intense to share my own evaluation questions/challenges- thanks so much for a great workshop

- 2016 Evaluating Community Impact participant


"This conference has been an amazing experience! It was interactive and accessible with top notch speakers and presenters and a presence of at least 2 levels of government."

-2016 Mayors Summit participant


“Thank you for a fabulous experience! This is truly changing the direction and development of my personal objectives towards community change!”

- 2015 Collective Impact Summit participant


“This was eye opening, inspiring, and overwhelming all at the same time. So much is possible- we just need to start somewhere.  Thank you for being such wonderful hosts!”

- 2015 Neighbours: Policies & Programs participant


"This was the BEST gathering of thinkers and doers that I have been part of in 20 yrs."

- 2014 Collective Impact Summit participant


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