October 12, 2017
A one day workshop with Mark Holmgren where he explores how Upside Down Thinking helps us think more clearly about the pressures in our organizations that maintain the status quo. He will show how thinking differently can challenge our most basic assumptions, and how these assumption can sometimes reinforce the systems we are trying to change.
Tamarack hosts a number of free webinars throughout the year featuring the latest ideas and thought-leaders from the field of community change. By registering for a webinar, you can participate live or gain access to the recording and presentation slides and resources after the broadcast. Click on the below links to learn more and register for each of our upcoming webinars.
In June 2017 we hosted a webinar with Adam Kahane and Mark Cabaj where they discussed Adam's new book, Collaborating with the Enemy: How to Work with People You Don't Agree with or Like or Trust. The webinar discussed key differences between conventional collaboration and stretch collaboration and the fundamentals of what it truly means to tackle problems together.
But the crowd wanted more. With over 500 people on the call, many reached out asking us to go deeper with Adam on a follow up webinar. So we're doing just that. Join us for Part Two of Collaborating with the Enemy.
Tamarack's Communities of Practices are small, interactive groups of practitioners who connect monthly or bi-monthly through an online meeting to share their experiences, tools, ideas and challenges in order to learn ways they can grow and expand their work. The sessions are open and relevant to anyone working on a complex social issue.
Joining a CoP can help you deepen your knowledge and professional connections around a focused aspect of your work. When you join a CoP, you will have the opportunity to influence the overall learning agenda (i.e. meeting topics) based on your own learning needs and priorities. Through actively contributing to the agendas and meeting discussions, you'll be able to access a community of like-minded peers who can help you expand and develop your own thinking and practice as it relates to your work.
Review the list below and click on a CoP title that is relevant to you. You will be taken to a page with more information about that CoP as well as the form to register.
Review our CoP Frequently Asked Questions page.
For practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada.
For evaluation practitioners who want to connect, share, learn about, and hone their evaluation approaches and tools.
For individuals who want to dig deeper into evaluation-related strategies, techniques and tools that they can apply to their own poverty reduction efforts.
For community engagement leaders committed to sharing and learning from one another to enhance our engagement initiatives.
For municipal or regional government staff responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity.
For the leaders responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of robust neighbourhood strategies, policies and plans.
For key staff or volunteers who are actively involved in a living wage campaign or are in the early stages of considering or implementing the living wage in their Canadian community.
For local Deepening Community partner communities to share highlights from their experiences and dialogue about the impacts of these action-learning projects.
For government representatives of all provinces and territories who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity.
For individuals who are or are working with large populations of indigenous people on poverty reduction, and are interested in sharing best practice programming or engagement strategies.
For BC members to connect, collaborate, and share experiences, best practices and lessons learned pertaining to community-based poverty reduction in BC.
For individuals who belong to the Vibrant Communities Canada - Cities Reducing Poverty network to share ideas and information about their local poverty reduction efforts.
For individuals committed to sharing and learning from one another to accelerate their collective understanding of the role of citizens and communities in preparing for emergencies.
For individuals who are already applying or want to apply a rights-based approach in their poverty reduction/elimination work.
For individuals who are currently living in poverty or who have lived experience of it, and who want to connect with like-minded others in a supportive, online learning community.
Community Engagement: The Next Generation
Vancouver, BC | March 7-9
Kitchener, ON | Nov 6-8
Cities Reducing Poverty: When Business is Engaged
Hamilton, ON | April 4-6
Collective Impact 3.0
Kitchener, ON |May 9-11
Neighbourhoods ♥ The Heart of Community: Mobilizing for Impact
Montreal, QC | June 6-8
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Community Change Institute
Vancouver, BC | Sept 25-29
Evaluating Community Impact
Saskatoon, SK | Nov 14-16
Community Engagement: Technologies for Change
London, ON | February 27
Accelerating Community Change with Collective Impact
Regina, SK | March 15
Deepening Community for Collective Impact
Abbotsford, BC | March 14
Upside Down Thinking for Collaboration
Edmonton, AB | October 12
“I believe that Tamarack is the authority on community engagement and development. The information presented points the way but is not prescriptive, which gives us the power to figure it out ourselves.”
-2016 Community Engagement participant
"Loved being able to work with people from a very different sectors it made it less intense to share my own evaluation questions/challenges- thanks so much for a great workshop
- 2016 Evaluating Community Impact participant
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-2016 Mayors Summit participant
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- 2015 Collective Impact Summit participant
“This was eye opening, inspiring, and overwhelming all at the same time. So much is possible- we just need to start somewhere. Thank you for being such wonderful hosts!”
- 2015 Neighbours: Policies & Programs participant
"This was the BEST gathering of thinkers and doers that I have been part of in 20 yrs."
- 2014 Collective Impact Summit participant