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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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Posted by Elayne Greeley on November 22, 2017

In September the Community Sector Council NL challenged its partners to present '30-Second Pop-Ups!' throughout its networking event. Simps! I thought then 10 minutes later I realized that this task would require a great deal of thought. I hardly ever get asked the impact question. Most funders don’t even ask for impact/outcomes reporting!  The majority are still at outputs reporting. How many session were held? How many clients served? The demographic of those served? And maybe just maybe – What did the individuals think about it all?

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Liz Weaver's 5 Good Ideas about Collective Impact

Posted by Elayne Greeley on April 27, 2017

In preparation for Liz Weaver’s visit to St. John’s this month I geeked out all day Saturday by watching her video on the Tamarack site and creating this visual (you can click on it to see it larger)

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"Connecting to Change the World": My Top Read from 2016

Posted by Elayne Greeley on April 27, 2017

Sometimes you just need to a good read that simplifies the messy working world of partnerships.

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Big Vision or Relentless Incrementalism?

Posted by Elayne Greeley on December 8, 2016

I am really struggling this week with the competing strategies. In one moment I am running for and supporting Big Vision and the next I am supporting the evolutionary systems approach of Relentless Incrementalism.

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Character Driven Leadership

Posted by Elayne Greeley on July 29, 2016

Isn't it curious how we realize the same simple things about ourselves over and over (and over again) but that each time it seems like an ah-ha moment?For example, realizing each time how calm you feel after a walk in the woods, or how happy you are every time you put clean sheets on the bed... I keep learning again and again that I draw to understand. If you know me this must sound ridiculous.  You would probably think that drawing to understand would be in the first few lines of my internal dialogue. It is not.
I am a committed doodler and focused note-taker. These skills grew out of simple strategies to capture and control my busy thoughts during long meetings and training sessions. Drawing seemed like a professionally acceptable strategy, rather than knitting, to keep my hands occupied.

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Failing forward: Are the partners stretching?

Posted by Elayne Greeley on June 16, 2016

 At the end of my accreditation as a partnership broker, we were required to agree to a contract of professional best practices. On the surface they might seem simple and straightforward but the truth is that they capture the true complexity of partnering across sectors.

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