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Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration

Posted by Liz Weaver in July 2018

In 'Creating Containers and Co-Design: Transforming Collaboration', Liz Weaver identifies the role of collaboration in Collective Impact initiatives, and community change efforts more broadly, as well as framing the roles and tasks of community collaboratives as containers for change.

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Balancing Doing the Work Fast and Doing the Work Right

Posted by Hannah MacDonald on February 7, 2019
Relentless incrementalism is the key to social change. There are many
external influences that, despite how hard we work, will push progress back or catapult it forward. Particularly, the social, economic, and political climate significantly shape the ebb and flow of our work. Making social change sustainable, first requires investing in widespread community engagement to raise awareness of unique local issues and to involve everyone in the solutions.
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Taking on My New Role With Vibrant Communities

Posted by Elle Richards on January 28, 2019
I am excited to be joining the Vibrant Communities Team as Manager of Cities Reducing Poverty. As I am being introduced to our membership, I can’t help but be impressed with the dedicated collaborations happening in communities all over Canada. We are at a time where poverty is finally being recognized by a broader sector as a primary determinant of health and predictor of quality of life.
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Tamarack Featured in The Record on Fight Against Poverty

Posted by Megan Wanless on January 22, 2019

Ending poverty is ‘the most important thing to do if you want peace in the world’ – Paul Born

Last month we were thrilled to have our Co-CEO, Paul Born, sit down with The Record to talk about Tamarack’s work in the fight to end poverty as well as an exciting new $2-million partnership with the federal government to support this work moving forward. 

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Vibrant Communities Working to Involve Cities in “Opportunity for All”

Posted by Justin Williams on January 16, 2019

The Tamarack Institute’s Vibrant Communities (VC) is excited to be working to identify and illuminate ways that community-based organizations and cities can be active participants in “Opportunity for All - Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.”

During the development of the strategy, the Cities Reducing Poverty network worked with Employment and Social Development Canada to support data collection and consultations. For example, Vibrant Communities and the Cities Reducing Poverty network partnered with Employment and Social Development Canada to host 33 community conversations from coast to coast. Cities Reducing Poverty members and the Tamarack Institute also submitted written submissions during the consultation period. We were excited to see the results of these consultations and their lessons in both the Federal What We Heard report and the strategy itself. 

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10 Things Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty Will Offer in 2019

Posted by Alison Homer on January 14, 2019

Vibrant Communities - Cities Reducing Poverty (VC – CRP) is a national collective impact movement aimed at reducing poverty through the place-based efforts of multi-sector roundtables and the alignment of strategies at the municipal, provincial, territorial, and federal levels. Our primary purpose is to make the work local poverty reduction initiatives easier and more effective.

Our growing network is comprised of 70 CRP members representing more than 330 communities who are each actively working to reduce and eradicate poverty across Canada.

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Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest: January 2019

Posted by Justin Williams on January 13, 2019

This is the January 2019 edition of the Cities Reducing Poverty Policy Digest, which aims to provide you with timely poverty-related policy updates and resources from across Canada.

Key highlights include the deadlines for provincial and federal consultations, applications for the Federal National Advisory Council on Poverty, and the City of Edmonton adopting a living wage policy.

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