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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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Research & Development in the Social Sector

Posted by Tamarack Institute on July 18, 2019

From youth homelessness and social isolation in cities, to food insecurity and income disparity, problems are getting more complex and in many cases, are getting worse. This is where the process of research and development (R&D) is highly relevant.

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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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Where Can Your Work Have the Most Impact?

Posted by Galen MacLusky on February 12, 2019

Last year I began a series of papers focused on exploring current methods and approaches for Community Innovation - methods that can help changemakers discover and steward opportunities for positive change in communities.

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Future of Good Highlights the Ideas, Innovations, and Trends Shaping Canadian Communities

Posted by Future of Good on February 5, 2019

Future of Good launched a new digital media platform dedicated to illuminating stories, innovations, and trends shaping social impact in Canada. At this exciting time of massive growth and rapid change, the world of impact in Canada deserves smarter coverage and impact-focused people deserve smarter insights.

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Lean Community Change: Strategies for Learning and Changing by Doing

Posted by Galen MacLusky on January 15, 2019

In this quick 5-minute video, Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project describes how he and his community revitalized their streetscapes, turning them from unfriendly industrial spaces into vibrant and welcoming neighbourhoods. 

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