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:
These face-to-face events offer you the opportunity to join with colleagues and peers who are actively working in their communities.
Collective Impact Summit Date: September 28 - October 2, 2015 Location: Vancouver, BC
The Collective Impact Summit is an exclusive learning experience that will bring you the most current thinking and resources from the emerging field of Collective Impact. It is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues. Join us in spectacular Vancouver, Canada on Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015 for an exclusive opportunity accelerate your effectiveness at leading and implementing a Collective Impact approach. Be inspired by internationally renowned Thought Leaders, learn from your peers, experience innovation from around the world, and be re-energized in your work. Collective Impact gives us the tools to do more by doing differently. It offers a proven path forward for advancing large-scale social change.
Tamarack and Vibrant Communities offer free webinars that are brought to you live via GoToWebinar. 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, long distance fees may apply if you join the webinar by phone. It is free if you join via VoIP using your computer headset (with a microphone is recommended).
Title: The Why and How of Working with Communities through Collective Impact Speakers: Lisa Attygalle, Tynesia Boyea-Robinson, Jeff Raderstrong Location: via webinar Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 12pm - 1pm , EDT
The recent surge of interest and resources around collective impact principles has highlighted an important concern and challenge for many practitioners: Where does the community fit in? Living Cities responded to this question by researching the best tools to integrate the community's voice into collective impact initiatives. Join Tynesia Boyea-Robinson and Jeff Raderstrong from Living Cities, on this Tamarack Institute webinar hosted by Lisa Attygalle to hear findings from their research. This webinar will cover important capacities to invest in when working with community members, as well as provide tangible examples of community engagement from Living Cities' experience working with collective impact initiatives in 70 US cities. This webinar complements Living Cities' free e-course on the topic, which has had over 2,600 registrants to date.
Title: Early Intervention and Poverty Reduction Speakers: James Hughes and Elizabeth McIssac Location: via webinar Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12pm - 1pm , EDT
We know our current social systems aren't working for a large portion of our population. From child protection and autism services to healthcare and homelessness, our social safety net seems frayed and tattered. And what about the poverty file? Poverty rates are stuck in most provinces and territories. Do we have innovative programs that are proven to have a positive impact on poverty reduction? James Hughes, President of the Graham Boeckh Foundation and former Deputy Minister of New Brunswick's Social Development Department, has just published Early Intervention, How Canada's social programs can work better, save lives, and often save money (Lorimer Canada). He will share his insights about proactive poverty reduction based on early intervention principles in this webinar interview with Maytree's Elizabeth McIssac.
Communities of Practice are small, interactive groups of practitioners who meet by telephone and online to learn and share their experiences. The calls 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 month to 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 sign up for a 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:
Canadian Collective Impact Practitioner Community of Practice - for practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada. 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.
Evaluating Community Impact: Measuring Poverty Reduction - members are actively engaged in local poverty reduction efforts and want to dig deeper into processes that will help them achieve their intended outcomes. Monthly calls will feature a guest speaker who will present on an approach to evaluating poverty reduction and then include 30 minutes of group discussion. Register for this community of practice here.
Getting to Impact: Planning for Poverty Reduction - Review poverty reduction plans and strategies developed by member cities. Monthly calls will feature one community plan and members will be asked to share feedback and ask questions. Register for this 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 currently 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
Municipal Government Representatives for Poverty Reduction (MGR CoP) - Membership in the MGR CoP is open to municipal or regional government staff responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity. The group currently meets by conference call on a quarterly basis. Register for this community of practice here.
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.
Provincial Government Officials (GO CoP) - Membership in the GO CoP is reserved for government representatives of all provinces and territories who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity. The group currently meets by conference call on a quarterly basis. Register for this community of practice here.