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Mark Holmgren

Mark Holmgren
Mark is driven by the desire to change community conditions that cause and perpetuate poverty and the marginalization of the vulnerable and disadvantaged. A proven leader of poverty reduction efforts, Mark is known for his innovative eye and his ability to converge big picture thinking with on the ground implementation. As the Director of Vibrant Communities Canada, Mark leads Tamarack’s engagement of 75 member communities leading local poverty reduction efforts and works with his team to develop learning opportunities and resources that add value to this Pan-Canadian network.

Recent Posts

Collaborative Thinking about Collaboration - A New Tool

Posted by Mark Holmgren on October 27, 2017

I imagine the majority of us value collaboration. We believe that doing it increases impact, fosters innovation, and is especially called for when it comes to effecting large-scale systemic change (or transformational change). Many say collaboration is more efficient than disconnected social change or social service efforts.

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Why are we here?

Posted by Mark Holmgren on October 18, 2017

Such a simple question, four small words that get at the core of our community change work.

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About Collective Impact: Types of Problems, Degrees of Change, Learning Loops, and Methods of Thinking

Posted by Mark Holmgren on October 18, 2017

Collective Impact is a multi-sector approach to large-scale collaboration that is authentically inclusive of citizens in its development and implementation – in particular citizens who have life-experience with the big problems or issues being addressed, such as poverty, climate change, family violence, and so many more.

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35 Voices On Collaborative Leadership and Co-Creating Cities of the Future

Posted by Mark Holmgren on October 18, 2017

In July and August, I sought out individuals in my personal and professional network to contribute to a major paper I was writing on Collaborative Leadership and Co-Creating Cities of the Future. I sought out participation through Facebook, via a survey which I promoted in emails and through Twitter.

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Working yet Homeless in Banff, Alberta

Posted by Mark Holmgren on August 3, 2017

Banff, Alberta. Located in one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. People come from all over the world by the bus loads. There is money being made for sure. Nothing wrong with making money, right?

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Developing Collective Impact Strategies

Posted by Mark Holmgren on July 6, 2017

Those of us engaged in the work of Collective Impact (CI) know that, having this clear and comprehensive framework, is an essential roadmap for effectively tackling complex issues.  However, applying the CI Framework to your own issue and developing wide consensus around a plan of action can still be challenging work.  If you find yourself nodding in agreement to the previous statement, then you will want to be sure to read my latest paper, Developing Collective Impact Strategies in which I share tools and approaches designed to help with the development of collective impact strategies.

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