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Putting Art at the Center of Our Social Change Efforts

Posted by Megan Nimigon on August 10, 2021

When we look at the social change sector as a whole, there is a growing awareness of the importance of art in engaging the hands, the heads and the hearts of the people who are looking to make positive transformations in their communities.

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Centering Indigenous Knowledge and Leadership in Your Work

Posted by Shaelyn Wabegijig on July 27, 2021

If the recent pandemic and climate crisis have taught us anything, it's that Indigenous culture, knowledge and leadership are deeply connected to our very survival as a human species. Yet even despite the extensive work and consultations for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Indigenous voices continue to be silenced. A lack of leadership to implement the TRC continues to prevail, with only 10% of the 94 Calls to Action having been implemented to date. Due to courageous Indigenous leaders, more people are recognizing the urgent need to center Indigenous leadership in their work.  

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Telling Your Story of Change

Posted by Chiara on July 14, 2021

What is Solutions Storytelling?

The solutions movement originates in the world of journalism with an approach to communication that uncovers and disseminates viable responses (aka solutions) to social problems. Rather than the usual focus on gloom and doom, solutions journalists deliberately bring attention to interventions that foster deeper understanding, greater dialogue and, ultimately, change. 

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Darwin Said Collaborate

Posted by Paul Born on May 10, 2019

For those of you who have read my book Deepening Community – Finding Joy together in Chaotic Times you might love to know you can sign up for a weekly inspiration at www.deepeningcommunity.org

Last week I got this fascinating gem which is a total rethinking of survival of the fittest thinking. Charles Darwin is known for his “survival of the fittest” theory. The common description is that the most able animals will continue to evolve, while weaker species will be eliminated over time. This interpretation has been used to justify what some call a “dog eat dog” world.

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A Beginner’s Guide: Communities of Practice

Posted by Jessica Fisher on August 27, 2018

Kids know the best way to learn double dutch or how to solve a Rubik’s cube is to watch their peers do it, collect tips and tricks, and then practice the skill themselves. It’s simple: observe, apply, practice, refine.

The same is true in our professional lives when we seek to tackle a complex challenge; there are rich lessons to be learned from our peers that can be applied to make our work more effective. Joining a Community of Practice is one way to tap into our peers’ knowledge.

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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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