How We Work

How We Work

We believe that true community change occurs when citizens and organizations adopt a new way of thinking and working together.

Tamarack's goal is to equip you with the skills, knowledge, resources and connections you need to make lasting change in your community. We support you in a number of different ways, wherever you may be in the world.

Online Learning  |  Workshops & Gatherings  |  Consulting Services  |  Publications



Online Learning

The Tamarack Institute offers the latest thinking, knowledge, resources and interactive online practice to provide leaders the knowledge and inspiration they need to achieve success in their community change efforts. All online learning is provided free of charge, and is made successful by the contributions of thousands of people in our learning network.

The Latest

Browse the latest news and happenings in the field of community change, comment and ask questions or contribute your own thinking by submitting a post. New learning is generated as we question and challenge ideas and in turn, create new knowledge.

Resource Library

The resource library is filled with hundreds of resources, including articles, tools, case studies, publications and books.


Engage! magazine is published online each month and is filled with the latest ideas in community change. Read past editions of Engage! and subscribe to ensure you don't miss out!

Listen & Watch

See the latest videos and podcasts to webinars organized into playlists in our key Idea and Practice Areas.


Each month we host a webinar with a leading thinker or practitioner. These webinars are set up to faciliate a question and answer period as well as to ensure you get access to the knowledge you need.

Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are small, interactive groups of practitioners who connect through an online meeting to learn and share their experiences. The sessions are open and relevant to anyone working with multi-sector, comprehensive and community-based approaches to social issues.


Workshops & Gatherings

As an Institute, we put a lot of emphasis on training and capacity development in order to equip community leaders with the skills they need to do their work more effectively. It is through this capacity development that we will get to impact.

Each year, we host several 2 and 3-day gatherings, and over ten 1-day workshops covering a range of topics within our Idea and Practice areas. In 2016 alone, learners collectively spent over 15,000 days in our seminars, workshops and gatherings.

The format for each training is independently developed by the curriculum team, however there are several learning models that are core to all Tamarack learning events:

  • The Learning Community - The intentional gathering together to get a sense of the "common"
  • Learning Labs - Small group dialogues designed to turn answers into questions with the understanding that every learner is a teacher and every teacher is a learner
  • Practical Tools - Our practitioners will share tools that you can take home and use right away in your community 

Training sessions take place across Canada, into the U.S., and also tour further afield – most recently throughout Australia and New Zealand. We try to vary locations as much as possible and we also bring 1-day workshops to smaller cities and more rural areas. Please review the event calendar, and reach out to us if you'd like to bring a workshop to your own community.



Consulting Services

We focus on a partnership model with clients, working together to co-develop the project design to integrate concepts and ideas and ensure that they meet your specific assignment needs. Through this work, our goal is to advance the work of collaboration and engagement in communities, while producing knowledge for the field.

Our services include:

  • Delivering keynotes
  • Facilitating workshops
  • Strategic planning
  • Capacity development & training
  • Coaching

Consulting services are delivered by our team of directors:

To inquire about consulting services, please reach out to us at 




Tamarack produces a number of publications every year - online, in print and multimedia - focusing on our five Idea Areas and two Practice Areas. 

Read our Publications