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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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Leveraging Local Assets through Anchor Collaboratives

Posted by Elle Richards on February 19, 2020

In January we heard from Nate Stephens of the Democracy Collaborative and Hanifa Kassam from the Toronto Poverty Reduction Office share their work of Anchor Collaboratives.

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Social Procurement: A Potential Lever in Poverty-Reduction?

Posted by Sandra Hamilton on March 10, 2017

In Alberta, a Social RFQ (request for quotes) issued last fall, was intentionally designed to provide work opportunities to previously homeless, recently housed individuals, who were workforce ready, but faced barriers to employment. This IS social procurement: an approach to better leverage taxpayer funded supply chains to move beyond ‘do no harm’ and start working proactively to ‘do some good.’ Social procurement works on the premise that taxpayer funded contracts should also enhance social value in our communities.

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