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Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver
Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Vice President and Director of Operations. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

Recent Posts

Building Collaborative Readiness:  Mapping Community Resources

Posted by Liz Weaver on February 16, 2018

A common theme often echoed through the voluntary and community sector is the lack of resources available to do the work.  Most communities have a range of investments, assets and resources, which, if deployed effectively, could prove to be a launching pad for many collaborative community efforts. 

The idea of community asset mapping has been around for several years.  John McKnight and Jody Kretzmann in their book, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets provided a detailed process for uncovering both explicit and hidden assets that might be found in most neighbourhoods and communities. 

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Community Building:  The Short and Long Views

Posted by Liz Weaver on February 6, 2018

When we are in the deepest, darkest days of community change work, our sightlines are narrow and our focus usually ends up on the microscopic parts of the process that are frustrating us. We want to move faster. We want to see bigger impact, bigger results. We become impatient with the process recognizing that even our best work may only have limited impact.

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Building Readiness to Tackle Complexity:  Problem Identification and Scoping

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 26, 2018

The Tamarack Institute and the Ontario Trillium Foundation are hosting a webinar series on the theme of Transforming Communities. We all know that transforming communities is challenging work. It can be made even more difficult when those undertaking the transforming process do not understand or focus on readiness as a pre-condition for their work.

Understanding community readiness is about due diligence and intentionality. The second webinar in the transforming communities’ series focused on problem identification and scoping. You can access the webinar recording here.

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A Light in the Window

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 19, 2018

In the deep darkness of a winter night, there are lights in windows of homes across Copenhagen. 

These lights are welcoming beacons, warming the coldness of winter and creating light in the darkness.  This is only one action of many that create ‘lykke’ or a level of happiness that has Denmark leading the United Nations annual happiness index.   


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Putting a Stake in the Ground

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 8, 2018

Over the last two weeks, there has been a theme that has resonated across different meetings and presentations that I have attended and facilitated. Tamarack supported a series of workshops hosted by the Ontario Trillium Foundation with Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink. These workshops, in London, Toronto, Kingston and Ottawa were an opportunity for organizations to consider how to more effectively engage their community partners. Michael pushed participants to consider clarifying their community change approach. He told them if they did not have a clear, evidence-based understanding of what it was they were working to change, they were spinning their wheels. This is critical when you think about community engagement. Purposeful engagement means that you know what you want to engage others around. You put your stake in the ground. It does not mean that there is no flexibility, but if you have done your research, and have your evidence, it is easier to engage others. The engagement is focused and driving toward change.

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Global Changemakers Build Community in Israel

Posted by Liz Weaver on January 8, 2018

It started in 2011 with a small group of changemakers and grew into the Global Roundtable for Community Change.  These passionate leaders were interested in the intersection between citizen voice and community impact.  They also explored the differences and similarities of community change efforts across different country experiences. 

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