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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Passing on the Gift

Posted by Eric Smith on June 11, 2019

The great thing about Tamarack is that we are a network of learners with some great examples of people, organizations and communities that are putting this basic concept into practice. Consider just a couple of the examples featured in the 2018 Annual Report.

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Why I Love Virtual Meetings

Posted by Maggie Chumbley on June 6, 2019

When I ask people what they love about virtual meetings, they usually tell me they get to avoid the commute, dress business-casual from the waist up, and pet the dog while no one is looking.

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Food Security – Reacting to Symptoms or Addressing the Underlying Causes?

Posted by Elle Richards on June 5, 2019

On the heels of British Columbia’s newly released Poverty Reduction Strategy, Together BC, that sets ambitious goals and prioritizes action on key game changers, comes an announcement of new funding to support food security programs throughout the province.

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Homelessness, Harm reduction and Housing First

Posted by Nick Falvo on June 4, 2019

I was recently invited to give a presentation at a two-day event discussing the overdose crisis and First Nations, with a focus on southern Alberta. My presentation focused on homelessness, substance use, harm reduction and Housing First.

With this in mind, here are 10 things to know:

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Making Change Easy: Lessons from the Prepaid Envelope

Posted by Galen MacLusky on June 3, 2019

Community Innovation is all about change - change at the individual, group, and organizational levels. Whether we’re trying to get a new policy adopted, encourage businesses to contribute more to local community, or create more spaces for community members to meet and play, we are in the business of trying to create positive change in our community. An important part of that process is that people also need to change as well. Politicians need to change policies, business leaders need to decide how best to work with community, and community members need to come out and use the spaces we create. 

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Can Failure Lead us to Impact?

Posted by Liz Weaver on May 29, 2019

Last week I engaged in an online conversation with colleagues about failure. There was an online post that asked the question about whether the current culture has a preference for failure over achieving outcomes. Shortly after, I was following a complexity workshop where the panel discussed the importance of failure as a mechanism for learning. There were several tweets about failing forward.

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