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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 Co-CEO and the Strategic Lead for Collective Impact. 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.

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Tools, Links, and More Resources

Posted by Liz Weaver on September 20, 2018

Many of us working in community change efforts are continually searching for new resources and tools to help facilitate effective community engagement and community change processes.  Over the last several weeks, some of my favourite twitter leads have shared their lists of sites that they regularly visit for tools and resources. 

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The Rise of Localism

Posted by Liz Weaver on August 3, 2018

Place matters. The place where you live is becoming increasingly more important.  A recent article in Yes! Magazine explored the importance of localism, a growing trend in the US and Canada. 

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Swimming in the Deep End

Posted by Liz Weaver on July 10, 2018

Systems change work is about understanding all of the actors in the system and the dynamic flow of power, relationships, and mindsets that exists between them.  John Kania, Mark Kramer and Peter Senge, in their recently released paper, The Water of System Change use the metaphor of water to describe systems.  The water is the environment through which fish and other life exists but it is also a flowing, moving and changing entity. 

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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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Bearing Witness

Posted by Liz Weaver on May 8, 2018

The Suncor Energy Foundation (SEF) regularly convenes key strategic partners to consider current and future trends impacting our connected worlds.  There are four outcomes for this gathering: 

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Building Capacity, Building Community

Posted by Liz Weaver on April 24, 2018

Inspiring Communities is a New Zealand capacity building leader and partner of the Tamarack Institute.  For the past 10 years, the leaders of Inspiring Communities have been working across the country to build local leadership and inspire community-led development and have documented their work in a series of resources called Learning by Doing.  Inspiring Communities has the vision that all communities will flourish. 

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