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Collective Impact 3.0 | An Evolving Framework for Community Change

Posted by Liz Weaver & Mark Cabaj in August 2016

As part of our Community Change Series 2016, Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver put forward fresh thinking around five ways to build the next iteration of the Collective Impact Framework with their publication Collective Impact 3.0 - An Evolving Framework for Community Change.

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Sharpening One’s Saw in Rural Communities

Posted by Deb Halliday on February 24, 2017

As interest in collective impact grows, the question of how this work can look in rural communities continues to arise.

Rural communities face unique challenges when considering collective impact. With sparse organizational infrastructure and minimal philanthropic dollars, rural collective impact practitioners are asking: What does a backbone organization – or even a backbone function – look like when there are few local organizations, and even fewer private or public sector funds available to support the work?

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It is a Total Team Effort

Posted by Kristine Culp on February 23, 2017

Vibrant Communities was pleased to recently present a webinar with Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, host of our 2016 Cities Reducing Poverty summit, and Hamilton Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who will host this year’s summit from April 4-6. Their conversation was facilitated by Brock Carlton, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. If you didn’t get the chance to join that webinar, we’ve pulled out some excerpts from the conversation for you below. Time annotations are included so you can click through the webinar recording to hear more (full recording available below).

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Mandatory Winter Tires and Poverty

Posted by Mark Holmgren on February 23, 2017

Yes, perhaps an odd title for a posting. I was on my way back home from meeting downtown with Alberta Government colleagues who also work in the poverty reduction arena and I heard this call-in show about winter tires, and more to the point, about whether or not winter tires should be mandatory.

They are mandatory in Quebec now, but even in some provinces without a mandatory requirement, more than 80% of drivers have winter tires. Not so in Alberta, where the percentage is just over 50%. I'm not sure about other low percentage-provinces, but here is what went through my mind.

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More about the Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction

Posted by Mark Holmgren on February 23, 2017

As some of you know, I have written about and I am continuing to work on what I call a Game-Changer Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation. You can read my initial paper HERE. And a recording of a webinar I did with Mark Cabaj is HERE.

I have been asked about the difference between Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) and this game-changer approach I am working on with my colleagues at Vibrant Communities Canada. The game-changers we have identified are: Housing, Transportation, Education, Health, Income and Jobs, Food Security, Financial Empowerment, and Early Childhood Development. All of these are aligned with SDoH, but there is, I suggest, more to what we are exploring than social determinants of health.

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Going Deeper – Building our Trust Account

Posted by Liz Weaver on February 21, 2017

In a previous blog, I explored the components of trust including Stephen M.R. Covey’s 5 waves of trust from his book The Speed of Trust. This blog will go a little deeper, exploring how to build a personal trust account.

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Art, Science and Community Connections

Posted by Vickie Cammack on February 17, 2017

Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human.

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