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Coming together with others as part of an intentional learning community provides invaluable opportunities to build new relationships, share knowledge, gain new insights to advance our collective work and ultimately energize and inspire one another. 

This page offers a listing of upcoming learning opportunities that you may want to be part of:

Upcoming Learning Events

These face-to-face events offer you the opportunity to join with colleagues and peers who are actively working in their communities. 

Collective Impact SummitCollective Impact Summit
Speakers: Melody Barnes, John Kania, Fay Hanleybrown, Brenda Zimmerman, Jay Conner and Liz Weaver
Date: October 6-10, 2014
Location: Toronto, ON

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Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes
Speakers: Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj
Date: Nov 18-20, 2014
Location: Winnipeg, MB

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Upcoming Tele-Learning Seminars

Tamarack and Vibrant Communities offer free tele-learning seminars that are brought to you live via telephone conference line. Dial-in information will be emailed to you shortly after you register for an upcoming call. After the seminar, we will send you a post email with a links and further resources for learning. Note: While there is no fee associated with your participation, the tele-bridge service we use is based in the U.S., so long distance charges through your long distance service provider may apply.

Jay Connor
Title: Crowdfunding: Making it Work For You
Speakers: Jay Connor
Location: via webinar
Date: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 11:55am - 1pm, ET

In the June 2014 "Engage" magazine, Jay Connor, a member of the Tamarack blogging community and a 2014 Thought Leader, invited us to watch the progress of his Learning Ovations' Kickstarter campaign (learningovations.com/kickstarter/).  The campaign is running from mid-June to mid-July.  On July 24th, Jay will conduct a "debrief" webinar on the choices required and lessons learned from his LIVE campaign. This interactive session should help you decide if crowdfunding is right for you and your organization and will share real lessons as to what it takes to prepare and succeed in this newest form of community engagement.  Join us for this informative webinar. 
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Paul Born
Melody Barnes
Title: Why Collective Impact and Why Now?
Speakers: Melody Barnes and Paul Born
Location: via conference call
Date: Thursday, August 8, 2014 - 11am-12pm, ET

Thought Leader Melody Barnes was previously appointed by and worked with President Barack Obama in the West Wing as the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council which was responsible for the formation and leadership of the White House Council for Community Solutions.  The Council adopted Collective Impact as one of two key strategies to advance the communities agenda across America and Melody was so inspired by this work that she left the White House to form The Aspen Institute where she now serves as Chair of the Forum for Community Solutions which is, in part, responsible for advancing the work of collective impact globally. Melody knows more than anyone about the need for large scale change in our communities. Join Melody and Paul Born for an interactive tele-learning session in which they explore the theme of Collective Impact and why it's crucial that leaders embrace this framework right now.
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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice are small, interactive groups of practitioners who meet by telephone and online to learn and share their experiences. The calls focus mainly on poverty reduction, but are open and relevant to anyone working with multi-sector, comprehensive and community-based approaches to social issues.

Each Community of Practice usually meets every two months at a regular time via conference call and topics are determined by the members. We expect members will commit to participating regularly, to freely sharing their experience and occasionally leading a call.

To register for a specific Community of Practice, please click the appropriate link to email the coordinator of the group. You will then receive notices of future calls for that group with background and dial-in information.

Here is a listing of our current communities of practice:

Alberta Poverty Reduction Community of Practice - a group of leaders who are working on poverty reduction in the Province of Alberta.  This group meets quarterly by conference call.  If you are working on poverty reduction efforts and are in Alberta please do register for this community of practice here

Bridges/Circles Special Interest Group - a group of key leaders who are involved in or in the process of bringing the Bridges Out of Poverty framework and the Circles program to their communities as a vehicle for the reduction of poverty.  This is a community of practice that will be convened for a short time. If you are interested in joining register here

Canada Learning Bond Community of Practice - jointly convened by Human Resources Development Canada (www.canlearnpro.ca) and Vibrant Communities Canada.  This group is for those key champions in communities who are promoting the Canada Learning Bond to low-income families.  Meetings occur quarterly by conference call. Register for this group here

Cities Reducing Poverty Convener Community of Practice - for key staff and volunteers who are leading a multi-sector collaborative approach to poverty reduction in their Canadian community.  This group meets by conference call every month. Register for this community of practice here.

NEW! Canadian Collective Impact Practitioner Community of Practice - for practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada. This is Tamarack’s newest CoP and the first convening call will take place in spring 2014. Register for the Collective Impact community of practice here.

Evaluation Community of Practice - for evaluation practitioners who want to connect, share, and learn about evaluation approaches and tools. Group members meet on a bi-monthly basis via conference call to learn from a guest speaker. Register for the Evaluation community of practice here.

Living Wage Community of Practice - for those key staff or volunteers who are actively involved in a living wage campaign in their community or are in the early stages of considering or implementing the living wage in their Canadian community. This group meets by conference call five times per year. Register for this community of practice here. Find out more about the Living Wage in Canada at www.livingwagecanada.ca

Neighbourliness Community of Practice - a group of peers committed to sharing and learning from one another to enhance our practice of strengthening neigbourhoods. This community of practice emerged from the Neighbours: Policies and Programs gathering that took place in June, 2013. This group meets by conference call once a month. Register for this community of practice here.

Small/Rural Community of Practice - for key staff and volunteers who are working at poverty reduction, collaboration or community engagement in a small or rural community in Canada.  This group meets by conference call approximately 5 times per year. Register for this group here.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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