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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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The Art of Disruption | A Reflection

Posted by Sienna Jae Taylor on July 25, 2016

Last week, Tamarack’s Liz Weaver and Paul Born hosted a webinar on Community Change: The Art of Disruption as part of a Community Change Webinar Series. In this conversation Liz and Paul discussed some emerging ideas and strategies that are disrupting how some communities today are responding to the complex issues that they face.

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Love of Place: The Fogo Island Artist Studios

Posted by Sienna Jae Taylor on May 10, 2016

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the collapse of the 400-year-old cod fishery threatened the economic and cultural viability of most rural communities. Fogo Island and Change Islands, among the oldest settlements in Canada, are no exception.The Shorefast Foundation, a Canadian registered charity, is dedicated to creating cultural and economic resiliency for Fogo Island and Change Islands. Through its daughter organization, the Fogo Island Inn, Shorefast is building on the culture and ecology of the Islands to create a leading geo-tourism destination.

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Our #nbrhdhero Nominees!

Posted by Sienna Jae Taylor on May 10, 2016

Every neighbourhood has their hero. Your hero might be the community developer who runs the neighbourhood Breakfast Club or the neighbour who never misses a city meeting and always fights for your community's needs. A Neighbourhood Hero's contributions could be grand-scale, creating big, bold changes – or their contributions might be seemingly small, everyday things that make for a beautiful life and a beautiful community.

One thing we know to be true, Neighbourhood Heroes deserve to be celebrated. That is why last month our team decided to put a call out for nominees for a Neighbourhood Hero.

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Engaging Millennials | Learning to Adapt

Posted by Sienna Jae Taylor on February 24, 2016

"All failure is failure to adapt. All success is successful adaptation" - Max Mckeown


In today's world everything appears to change at hyper-speed: schools are moving online, cheques can be deposited via mobile apps, text messages are the new phone calls, and Instagram has replaced photo albums. So much of our world is online -- the way that people connect and communicate has changed drastically and if we want to successfully engage the next generation, we must be willing to adapt to the lifestyle of the Millennials.

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Transformational Change is Possible | 6 Essential Elements

Posted by Sienna Jae Taylor on February 20, 2016

"Working in complexity can surface some tough challenges, but they are not insurmountable. Transformational change is possible." - Liz Weaver

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Louie and Bruno: What Would You Do?

Posted by Mark Holmgren on February 19, 2016

I was in a board meeting in the Operation Friendship drop in centre. I was positioned so I could see out of the windows into the courtyard. During the meeting I noticed Louie walking slowly toward the rooming house door. Louie was a short, slender man, about 65 years of age. I turned my attention back to the meeting but it was soon again diverted when I heard a hoarse voice shouting profanity.

Louie had stopped and turned and he was angry, yelling at someone that was out of my line of sight. I stood up as Louie reached into his pocket and pulled out a blade. I said nothing to my colleagues as I headed toward the door. I wasn’t really thinking to be honest.

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