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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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Leveraging Theatre Tools for Collaboration

Posted by Megan Wanless on January 8, 2019

We know that when tackling complex community issues, bringing a diversity of voices to the table is a key ingredient to finding the best path forward. We don’t however, always do a great job of intentionally creating an environment where people – with varying backgrounds and perspectives – can thrive and feel comfortable contributing. This is where leveraging tools and techniques from our friends in the theatre community can come in handy.

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Facing Challenges Together - A Reflection

Posted by Megan Wanless on August 21, 2017

This weekend I was asked to speak at Maple Grove United Church in Oakville, Ontario about some of my reflections working in the social change sector over the past few years. This offered me a great opportunity to think deeply about my journey so far and opened up some amazing conversations with Oakville residents about taking on complex challenges in our community.

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Cities Reducing Poverty: Bringing All Voices to the Table

Posted by Megan Wanless on March 8, 2017

Poverty is a complex issue. It’s an issue that cannot be approached in isolation or solved by a select few – it effects everyone, is experienced by people in different ways, and involves a significant number of interrelated elements and stakeholders. We know this. We know that when working on complex problems, such as poverty, finding comprehensive solutions requires communities to come together to leverage and better understand their assets – knowledge, experience, skills and resources – to truly see and act on the issue from all angles.

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Change is Here: Our Online Learning Has Evolved

Posted by Megan Wanless on July 8, 2016

When Tamarack was founded back in 2002, the use of technology in the non-profit sector was very different. Online communication was far less interactive and responsive, and navigating the world wide web was done almost exclusively at our desks, not on-the-go from our smartphones. Fast forward 14 years, and now Tamarack is an Institute in its adolescence – a little more mature, a little less inexperienced, still fascinated with the possibilities that technology brings to the work we do.  What have we been doing all of this time?

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Community Engagement: Why It Matters

Posted by Megan Wanless on April 13, 2016
There is a temptation, particularly in data-driven and evidence-based practices, to act in a top down manner in the design and implementation of community engagement programs.

But, there is power in those with lived experience and in reframing approaches and opportunities that engage community members directly in social change.

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4 Reasons to Quit a Social Network

Posted by Megan Wanless on January 22, 2016

With all the buzz around technology and community engagement, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by the array of tools and networks at your disposal. When it comes to social media, this is especially true.While new tools and apps continue to develop around us, the effort we put into managing these networks may not always amount to the return on investment that we're looking for.

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