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Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop

Posted by Mark Cabaj in September 2017

Shared Measurement: The Why is Clear, The How Continues to Develop is a paper written by evaluation expert Mark Cabaj, that offers five practical shared measurement challenges that, if not handled well, can weaken a group’s ability to evaluate and manage their Collective Impact effort.

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Enhancing Belonging: A Guidebook for Individuals, Organizations, and Communities

Posted by John Lord on November 20, 2017

The New Story Group of Waterloo Region is pleased to announce the release of the Enhancing Belonging: A Guidebook for Individuals, Organizations, and Communities.

“This Guidebook will make an important contribution to our community,” says Kim Sproul, chair of the New Story Group. “With many organizations and municipalities now committed to social inclusion, this Guide will provide an important tool for people to intentionally implement strategies that enhance belonging and well-being.”

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Ending Poverty

Posted by Paul Born on November 20, 2017

I was in San Francisco this week and spoke with pride about Canada's work to end poverty. I may have spoken too boldly. There is something about being in U.S. that makes me want to emphasize how progressive Canada is and share how much more advanced our social agenda is. My behaviour might be likened to a younger brother coming home to visit his more accomplished older brother and provide an update about his year away. 

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A Practical Guide for Consensus-Based Decision Making

Posted by Jim Madden on November 17, 2017

What makes some group efforts so much more effective and satisfying than others? Why do some group decisions enjoy strong buy-in and follow through, and produce tangible results, whereas others fall flat right out of the gate?

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Reading the Digital Body Language of your Community Members

Posted by Lisa Attygalle on November 16, 2017

My background is in the world of marketing and specifically in the field of marketing automation where the focus is on having meaningful interactions with customers online based on the digital cues they provide. This is called reading their ‘digital body language’.

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Thinking Through a Different Lens

Posted by Hailey Hechtman on November 15, 2017

During my time at the Tamarack Community Change Institute, I noticed that many peoples’ focus was squarely on bringing techniques, tools and strategies back to their communities that could strengthen not only the work that they were doing, but act as a framework for future opportunities amongst partners, participants and others that have not yet come to the table.

Although, this insistence on an applicable, packaged toolkit may steer us in a direction that helps to bring ideas and actions forward quickly, it also has a downside. There is a way of approaching change, a concentration on philosophy, on values, on process that needs to be melded into the activities that we do in order to see sustainable impact.

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Back to the Future

Posted by Erica Dyson on November 14, 2017

Hardly a day goes by without my adding a number of smileys to my emails or texts. In fact, here’s one now :) . Why? Well they are so expressive; so much better than LOL or BTW or FYI. So with one small icon, I seem to be able to convey information and feeling.

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