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Disruptive Times Require Skilled Changemakers

Posted by Liz Weaver in February 2019

In this paper, Liz Weaver describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.

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Equity & Inclusion: Stepping Into the Role of the Learner

Posted by Pamela Teitelbaum on September 3, 2020

As an outcome of the global pandemic declared in March 2020, we are bearing witness to seam-tearing changes to our socio-economic, health and political systems. With seam-tearing however, comes the opportunity to re-design, re-create and re-focus how we want these systems to function, and how we as changemakers can participate in this process.

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10 Ideas for a Community-Based COVID-19 Recovery

Posted by Lisa Attygalle on September 3, 2020

As cities respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an opportunity to build back better—to centre recovery efforts on improving the outcomes for our most vulnerable citizens, our civic life, and our planet.

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Challenging Systemic Barriers (in Waterloo Region) – The Equity Lens

Posted by Elle Richards on August 24, 2020

Are you biased? Do you put people in boxes? Or are you culturally competent? Want to be the master of being inclusive? These are just a handful of topics one community is challenging its residents to explore.

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The Power of Inquiry in Disruptive Times

Posted by Liz Weaver on July 31, 2020

The last few months have challenged many of us working for community change. There has been a rapid succession of disruptions to organizations and communities which include responding to a pandemic; moving into virtual workspaces; and trying to support workforces during rapid changes. In some communities, these disruptions have also included climate impacts like floods and forest fires. Each of these shifts have uncovered the reality of inequity and structural racism embedded in our communities and systems.  

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Promoting Mental Health Through Innovation

Posted by Pam Sethi & Christine Harris on July 27, 2020

The Institute for Advancements in Mental Health (IAM), is a connector, collaborator, thought leader and solution-driven organization. Our goal is to support, innovate and drive change for better mental health. Through our own in-house services, we design programs around the needs of our clients - people with complex mental health needs and their support circles.

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Empowering Youth During a Pandemic

Posted by Tyler Colbourne on June 4, 2020

We are living in complex times, and now more than ever we need to focus on relationships. With COVID-19, our work doesn't just change, it becomes more important. We need to build in time and space for people to explore and engage in conversations which allow them to feel socially and emotionally supported. 

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