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Collaboration

collaboration

Collaboration sparks the fresh thinking needed to create high-impact solutions to address the complex, interconnected issues affecting communities. When the leadership and knowledge of various sectors, groups, and individuals are united, it unleashes creativity and mobilizes coordinated, community-wide action in ways that promote justice and equity for all. 

Collective Impact course

Online Course

foundations of collective impact

This course will introduce you to the key elements of the Collective Impact Framework. Over the course’s six, self-directed, modules you will be guided to assess and build readiness for Collective Impact within your community; and create an action plan to mobilize the multisector input and commitment needed to develop, implement, and sustain a successful Collective Impact Initiative.  
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CI Workshop

A 2-Part Virtual Workshop

advancing systems change with collective impact

Join us for this new, two-part virtual workshop designed to help you design, implement, and renew a  successful Collective Impact Initiative. This workshop will profile lessons from practitioners about how to achieve high-impact results and will focus specifically on the importance of bringing a systems lens to Collective Impact to explicitly incorporate both programmatic AND systems-change strategies into Collective Impact implementation plans.   

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Collaboration is at the core of Tamarack’s approach to community change, but we know it’s not easy.  Working effectively with others, especially those we don’t yet know or trust, requires a mindset and skills that are different than when working as a single organization or group.  At Tamarack you will find the frameworks, tools, approaches, and examples you need to make collaborative work simpler and more effective.

 

getting started

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The Collaboration Spectrum 

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Building a Collaborative Impact Story

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Collective Impact 3.0

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Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches

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meet the director

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collaboration Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. As a changemaker, Sylvia draws on her practical knowledge and first-hand experience in the work of multi-sector collaboration and systems change.  

 

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Current Themes Being Explored: 
 

Why Lasting Impact Requires Systems Change  

Designing and implementing systems change strategies is essential to work for changemakers.  What we know about systems change is that: 

  • Effective programs and services rarely generate the transformational and lasting change needed to meaningfully address complex social and/or environmental issues. 
  • Systems change strategies focus on addressing the now institutionalized practices and perspectives, that unintentionally hold the issue in place. 
  • Collaborative approaches are effective at helping to “see” and address system barriers  
How Collaboration Fuels Community Innovation  

Multi-sector collaboration drives community innovation by:  

  • Engaging the wisdom of multiple partners – especially those closest to the issue – to create a richer, more nuanced, appreciation of a shared issue  
  • Recognizing and harnessing the strengths and resources unique to each “place” 
  • Leveraging collective creativity to co-design novel solutions  
  • Aligning around a unified strategy to mobilize coordinated, community-wide action where leadership and responsibility are shared  
The Essential – and Often Invisible – Role of Field Catalysts in Community Change 

Field Catalysts accelerate and amplify the impact of local community change efforts by connecting them and intentionally linking them to broader systems change strategies.  To do this they play 4 integrated roles:  

  1. Understand the field and engage system actors 
  2. Strengthen the capacity of local community change initiatives 
  3. Make the work of local collaborative initiatives more visible, coherent, and robust 
  4. Nudge systems to catalyze system change 

ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
ARTICLE | Community as the Superhero
Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
ARTICLE | Research Shows Link Between Poverty and Criminalization
Collaborative Leadership and Governance Article Series
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
ARTICLE | Collaboration: A Spectrum of Approaches
Our Rebrand and Website Launch
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Belonging Starts by Making Room at the Table
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Navigating equity audits: A guide for organizations searching for meaningful and sustainable change
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
Announcing the 13 champions building belonging through the Circle of Actions
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
ARTICLE | Belonging, Community and Climate Action
Empowering youth through free transit
Empowering youth through free transit
 Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Interconnected Practices for Community and Systems Impact
ARTICLE | Harnessing the power of networking: The case of the National Table of Community Development Corporations
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
ARTICLE | Community Belonging: A Way to End Poverty in Canada
Shannons Story Blog (1)
from Stable to unstable: Shannon’s Story of deepening poverty
From Apathy to Action How Deep Canvassing Ignites Climate Engagement
from apathy to action: how deep canvassing ignites Climate Engagement
The Impact of the Words We Use
The Impact of the Words We Use
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
Tamarack Featured in “Turning Wheels” – A Guidebook for Community-Led Change
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Freedom Is a Must: Moving Beyond Black History Month
Excerpt from the mural titled “Better for All: Diversity. Inclusion. Equality” by the Youth of CBYF and guided by Bruno Hernani. 
Tamarack’s Actions in 2022 Around National Truth and Reconciliation Day
Participate in our EDIJR journey with us!
Participate in our EDIJR journey with us!
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Collaboration at Tamarack

Since 2011, Tamarack has collaborated with colleagues in Canada, the United States and internationally as a co-catalyst in advancing Collaboration as a framework for community change.

Tamarack actively works with collaborators including the Collective Impact Forum and the Harwood Institute in the United States; Inspiring Communities in New Zealand and Collaboration for Impact in Australia to intentionally build the field of practice in collaborative community change efforts. 

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We’re happy to answer questions, discuss community issues and direct you to trusted resources. Get in touch with a specific team member or submit a general inquiry.

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