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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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How the Lens of Movement Building Can Strengthen Community Engagement

Posted by Sylvia Cheuy on September 21, 2018

A common thread throughout my career has been a focus on building support and commitment for change on a variety of social issues.  I have learned that effective engagement rarely happens by accident.  More often, it results from deliberate strategies that include: making a clear and compelling case for change; continually communicating core messages through different channels to reach several audiences; and, offering simple ways for people to take action to show their support.  Occasionally, something magical would happen and our engagement campaigns sparked a groundswell of support that ignited passion and gave our campaign a life of its own.  Somehow we had done more than implement an effective engagement strategy, we had sparked a movement. 

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Art, Science and Community Connections

Posted by Vickie Cammack on February 17, 2017

Our connectedness to one and other is often what is best about being human.

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Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Posted by Al Etmanski on February 6, 2017

The family arm of the disability movement that I belong to seems to be getting older. The average age of the people at the meetings or conferences I attend is getting higher. There is a certain nostalgia in our deliberations.

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Beyond the Olympics/Paralympics: 5 World Class Brazilian Social Movements

Posted by Al Etmanski on September 13, 2016

Photo originally published from Telesurv about the Brazilian Social Movement to protest against acting President: "Women protest against the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil," May 11, 2016. | Photo: Reuters

 

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Ten Things to Know about Central Agencies in Canada

Posted by Nick Falvo on August 12, 2016

From time to time, voluntary sector leaders—and advocates in general—come up with ideas for new spending and new social programs. When they do this, they often focus too much on influencing elected officials, and too little on influencing senior public servants. What’s more, it’s important that their proposals be supported by good research, in part because exaggerated claims about the benefits of their proposals may hurt them in the end. With all of this in mind, here are 10 things to know about central agencies in Canada.

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An Exploratory Sidetrack While Researching Social Movements

Posted by Mark Holmgren on January 24, 2016

I love what I do.

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