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Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver
Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Vice President and Director of Operations. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

Recent Posts

Bringing Collective Impact Backbones into Focus

Posted by Liz Weaver on October 10, 2017

Building an effective Collective Impact effort is understanding how to apply the framework to both the unique context of the community and the issue being addressed.  The five conditions of Collective Impact provide a minimum specifications approach:  developing a common agenda; building shared measurement; aligning efforts through mutually reinforcing activities; focusing on continuous communications and engagement and supporting the work through backbone infrastructure. 

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Turf, Trust, Co-Creation & Collective Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver on October 10, 2017

In my experience mobilizing communities to embrace large-scale change, I have learned that authentic communityengagement moves at the speed of trust. And, while most of us deeply appreciate the importance of trust-building, too often in our eagerness to launch into “the work” little time is actually invested and focused on intentionally building trust amongst partners. 

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Of Recipes and Principles - A Musing about Collective Impact

Posted by Liz Weaver on May 16, 2017

If we are in the work of community and systems change, which is where collective impact is best suited as a framework, then we should privilege the idea of principles versus the implementation of recipes. 

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Hidden Assets

Posted by Liz Weaver on May 8, 2017

The movie Hidden Figures tells the story of three African-American women who made a significant difference to the US space industry.  Their untold, until recently, story has many lessons for those engaged in community change.  How many times do we join a collaborative table thinking that our share efforts will transform the community only to get disappointed that we were not included or that our skills and expertise were not leveraged?  It took a crisis to bring forward the Hidden Figures but collaborative tables can uncover hidden assets early on with the Personal Asset Inventory Tool.

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Trust and Time

Posted by Liz Weaver on May 2, 2017

What if we had all the time in the world?  Would we use this time to build trust or would we fill the time with all the things that we do now, and still be no further ahead?

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A Collective Impact Tool:  Building a Plan on A Page

Posted by Liz Weaver on April 26, 2017

Collective impact efforts are complex and challenging because there are so many moving parts.  This presents a communications challenge.  There are some emerging examples of collective impact efforts that have successfully synthesized their work to a Plan on a Page. 

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