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Ready Set Go: Building Readiness for Collaborative and Community Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver in March 2018

Achieving success is not about wishing for the best future but being prepared to do the difficult work of getting ready. Ready, Set, Go is designed to help community change practitioners to set into place all the conditions required to move from idea to execution to impact.

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Embracing Migration by Ending Poverty and Deepening Community

Posted by Paul Born on June 15, 2018

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the annual conference for our partners, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and presenting as part of their closing plenary. I was asked to share my vision for Canada in 2040. This gave me the chance to reflect on what Canada could look like if we steer our collective capacity toward eradicating poverty and deepening community as we embrace newcomers to Canada.

As part of my presentation to FCM, I highlighted that Canada will need to develop conditions and mechanism to accept many new residents in the coming years. Over the next 25 years, at a minimum, Canada will be asked to accept 7.5 million newcomers including 1.5 million refugees. As a Country, our best way to prepare will be to eradicate poverty and deepen our sense of community. Fortunately, visionary cities throughout Canada have already started this work and the trends look promising.

The growing networks of cities and governments working to reduce poverty and deepen community are significant because they create conditions that are positive for current residents to live, make the community more welcoming, and help citizens and communities develop skills to lead together. Through the practices of collective impact, collaborative leadership and community engagement, these communities develop skills and tools for inclusion, cooperation and collective problem solving.  

I have turned my speech to FCM into an article to better share the work of our Cities Reducing Poverty and Cities Deepening Community networks, and to highlight the way that this work is perfectly suited to the work of accepting 7.5 million newcomers over the next 25 years.

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Article: Welcome the Stranger
Case Study: Social Innovation and Community Economic Development in Vancouver
Case Study: Oxford County: Leveraging a Community Sustainability Plan to Tackle Poverty
Case Study: Love My Hood: Kitchener’s Neighbourhood Strategy
Case Study: Kamloops: The Path to an Inclusive and Accessible Community 

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Lean into Adaptive Leadership

Posted by Liz Weaver on June 14, 2018

Many of us shy away from using the power that we have, often to our own and our community’s detriment. This was one of the nuggets of wisdom shared with the participants attending Tamarack's Adaptive Leadership Masterclass series that took us to five cities across Canada and wrapped up just last week. Liz Skelton, Co-Founder of Collaboration for Impact shared a story about working with Indigenous leaders in Australia. It was there that she discovered that leaning into her formal and informal power could be used to help the collaborative group drive change forward.

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Innovating with Purpose: Part Two

Posted by Galen MacLusky on June 13, 2018

We all seek to innovate for different reasons. Sometimes it’s that we feel the world is changing and we risk being left behind. Sometimes it’s because the issue we’re working to address hasn’t gone away, has gotten worse, or has changed. Sometimes it’s because we simply feel that we must.

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Building your Practice of Authentic Community Engagement

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on June 12, 2018

Community change initiatives are often set against complex and systematic problems – problems that cannot be solved in isolation and without authentic support from community stakeholders.

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Talking Friendly Streets: A Community Engagement Project

Posted by Beatrice Ekoko on June 6, 2018
I can appreciate the countryside but for me, the city is where it’s at baby--best invention ever! Great cities are bustling, densely populated, diverse and exhilarating. The movement of people within a great city is a priority, and so a great city takes very seriously its transportation networks which include, of course, its streets for walking and biking and getting around sans automobile. The point is, great cities do not prioritize vehicles; they do put people first.
Sadly, this is not the case in my city of Hamilton, Ontario.
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Stop Wasting Time on Social Impact Measurement

Posted by Jonathan Coburn on June 6, 2018

So, let’s start with something we can all agree on.

All social enterprises exist for the simple and overriding purpose of creating a positive social impact (to change society for the better).

If this is what drives us, then surely, it’s important that we are able to describe, measure and communicate this impact. At least, that’s how the argument goes. Not least to help figure out if our work is well targeted, if we are helping beneficiaries in the best way possible and, ultimately, if we are making good progress in achieving our intended impact.

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