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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. 

Accelerating Community Change with Collective Impact 
Accelerating Community Change with Collective Impact
Date: January 27, 2015
Location: Brampton, ON

Discover Collective Impact and advance your community's agenda with proven tools and techniques.

Join internationally recognized trainer and community builder, Sylvia Cheuy, for a workshop that dives into the collective impact approach and how you can use it to enhance the impact of community change efforts.

  • Learn about collaborative efforts now underway in Peel Region that are embracing Collective Impact as their approach
  • Explore how Collective Impact is different from other forms of collaboration
  • Discover how Collective Impact’s three pre-conditions and five conditions can enhance your local community change efforts
  • Advance your community’s agenda with tools and techniques that move toward impact
  • Embrace the power of citizen engagement and collective impact

Learn More and Register Here!

Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes
Date: February 23-25, 2015
Location: Toronto, ON

There are countless community change initiatives working on a diversity of issues in our country, such as early childhood development, health care, education, poverty and homelessness, immigration and workforce development, and ecological sustainability. Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes is a three-day workshop intended to provide those who are funding, planning and implementing community change initiatives with an opportunity to learn the latest and most practical evaluation ideas and practices.

This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic experience with evaluation but are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of getting feedback on local efforts to change communities. Please browse this webpage to learn more about the workshop and how you can become a member of our learning community from February 23-25 in Toronto, Ontario.

Learn More and Register Here!

Deepening Community for a Collective Impact
Deepening Community for a Collective Impact - touring Australia and New Zealand in February and March, 2015
Date: February and March, 2015
Location: Australia and New Zealand

A one day workshop

Learn how to engage your community and build
a common agenda for large scale change.

25 February - Perth
27 February - Adelaide
02 March - Melbourne
04 March - Brisbane
06 March - Sydney
10 March - Christchurch
12 March - Auckland

Register online at www.bankofideas.com.au

Learn More and Register Here!

CHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective ImpactCHAMPIONS FOR CHANGE: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact
Date: April 15-17, 2015
Location: Calgary, AB

Join together with the Tamarack Institute, the Collective Impact Forum, and Backbone organizations from across North America and internationally, to enhance your work in leading for Collective Impact. This years trainings will be similar in theme and content to the last two years of successful Champions for Change learning events. We will be holding the 2015 sessions in Washington, DC (March 24-26) and Calgary, AB (April 15-17) in 2015.  

Learn More and Register Here!

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Upcoming Webinars

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.

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Title: Working in Complexity: A Case for Upside Down Thinking
Speaker: Mark Holmgren & Elayne Greeley
Location: via webinar
Date: Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 - 11:55am - 1pm, ET

Join Tamarack Thought Leaders Mark Holmgren and Elayne Greeley on January 22nd as they take a closer look at how what we create can stop us from creating, how what we think is good sometimes actually has negative impacts, and how we can become more innovative in our work by using purposefully ambitious thinking.

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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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