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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. 

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!

Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together
Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together
Date: May 6-8, 2015
Location: Ottawa, ON

The Poverty Reduction Summit: Every City, Province and Territory Working Together is an unprecedented gathering that will bring together senior leaders from across the country and beyond to align their efforts and merge their passion for poverty reduction. The Summit will strengthen communication and increase the alignment of our activities to achieve our common goal by amplifying the success of each community, province and territory's poverty reduction strategy. The Summit will motivate collective action leading to poverty reduction for 1 million Canadians. Join us May 6-8 in Ottawa as we leverage our collective efforts and build the movement to reduce poverty across Canada.

Learn More and Register Here!

Neighbours: Policies & Programs 2015Neighbours: Policies and Programs 2015
Date: June 8-10, 2015
Location: Hamilton, ON

Dynamic neighbourhoods are the foundation of strong cities and municipalities. Engaged citizens and residents are essential in creating strong neighbourhoods. Community-based organizations play an important, catalytic role in making positive community change possible. Join us in Hamilton from June 8th - 10th, 2015 as we think and act together and advance the discipline of neighbourhood-building that is at the centre of this desired shift in our collective thinking.

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.

Al Etmanski

Title: Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation
Speaker: Al Etmanski
Host: Sylvia Cheuy
Location: via webinar
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 11:55am - 1pm, ET

Al Etmanski has spent the last 10 years exploring the world of social innovation looking for useful insights about social change that lasts. He's met, read, studied, spoken, applied, travelled, stumbled and written. What emerged from his work were six recognizable patterns and a book that captures the energy of those interactions. In his new book, Al explores the paradox between short term success and minimal long term impact. He suggests that strategies have limitations and that it’s worth paying attention to the deeper patterns of change. Al is hoping these ideas will ignite a resurrection of the ordinary. This genuine Canadian perspective on social change is full of stories about Canadian innovators, activists and entrepreneurs including many Ashoka fellows, which is why we wanted to invite you to our first public discussion about the book’s framework and stories.

Join Tamarack Thought Leader Al Etmanski on Thursday March 5, 2015 for a pre-launch webinar and first public discussion on concepts emerging from his soon to be released book, Impact: Six Patterns to Scale Your Social Innovation.

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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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