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Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration

Posted by Liz Weaver in July 2018

In 'Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration', Liz Weaver identifies the role of collaboration in Collective Impact initiatives, and community change efforts more broadly, as well as framing the roles and tasks of community collaboratives as containers for change.

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New Zealand’s Novel Idea: A Well-Being Budget

Posted by Glenda Cooper on February 18, 2019

Societal well-being is as important as economic well-being. This was the key message from New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, at the 2019 World Economic Forum. This was a bold statement made even more poignant given the announcement that the New Zealand government will present a “well-being budget.” This signals a new decision-making focus, one that ensures impacts on the quality of life for citizens are considered, rather than the traditional focus on just the financial impacts. In practice it means that any decisions made, policies implemented, and money spent by the government will need to demonstrate how they benefit New Zealanders and how they work across ministries and party-lines to ensure ongoing positive impacts. 

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Community Adhesive: A Discussion on the Work of Aristotle and John McKnight

Posted by Jonathan Massimi on February 11, 2019

I love reading, unfortunately, I can’t commit to reading one book for an extended period, thus leaving many suspended mid-chapter. Outside of cluttering my nightstand, such a practice allows me to bring a variety of thinkers into unlikely conversation. A recent conversation featured Aristotle and John McKnight. Surprisingly, I found a strange affinity between their work, particularly, Aristotle’s discussion on friendship, and John McKnight’s emphasis on gifts.

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A New Chapter for Cities Deepening Communities

Posted by Glenda Cooper on February 6, 2019
I am so pleased to be part of the Tamarack Institute and I am looking forward to meeting and l e arni n g with y ou! I thought I would take this chance to do a quick intro and let you know a little bit about what I bring to Tamarack’s dynamic team. I had my first experience with the field of community development in 2002 when I started working with a grassroots non-profit organization focused on youth development. This fuelled a passion I didn’t know I had and I spent the next 12 years working with them.
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Reflecting on the Basics of Effective Meetings

Posted by Heather Keam on January 25, 2019

As I reflected on my 2018 year, I realized that I spent a lot of time in meetings at work and in my personal life. Meetings are an effective way for a group to get together and work on projects, communicate and to share resources. I am the type of person who wants to get in and get out with optimal work done. Having spent A LOT of time in meetings last year I realize that more than half of them were not as effective as they could have been. 

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What Makes Your Neighbourhood Work an Asset-Based Community Development Process?

Posted by Heather Keam on December 20, 2018

Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is not a new concept. About 40 years ago, John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann, took a four-year learning journey, visiting twenty cities and talking to 2,000 people in neighbourhoods which culminated in the book Building Communities From the Inside Out: A Path Towards Finding and Mobilizing a Neighborhood’s Assets. They wanted to discover if people knew who lived on their block and if they do things together. From this journey, 125,000 books have been sold and a movement was created.

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A Gift is Not a Gift Until It’s Given

Posted by Heather Keam on December 15, 2018

This is an appropriate title for two reasons. First, it is the holiday season, the time of year that we are giving gifts to each other. Secondly, in 2018 we hosted an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) event, and what better way of practicing ABCD than for our members to give their gifts of stories, tools and resources.

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