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.
Champions for Change: Leading a Backbone Organization for Collective Impact
Speakers: Paul Born, Liz Weaver, John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown Date: April 1-3, 2014 Location: Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel, Vancouver, BC
Join the Tamarack Institute's Paul Born and Liz Weaver and FSG's John Kania and Fay Hanleybrown for this interactive multi-day workshop designed specifically for the leaders of Leadership Roundtables, Coordinating Committees or Backbone Organizations of mature collective impact initiatives.
Strengthen your ability to guide your collective impact initiative toward desired results
Learn from, and build connections with other experienced leaders of backbone organizations across a range of social issues
Participate in creating new resources and tools for the field of community collaboration and collective impact practitioners, which will be disseminated after the workshop
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.
Title: Taking Care of One Another
Speakers: Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack
Location: via conference call Date: Thursday, December 5th, 2013 - 11:55am - 1:00pm, ET Details: Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack have spent much of their lives re-imagining systems to: reduce social isolation; facilitate caring for one another; and enable all members of our communities to contribute their gifts. In this tele-learning, they will share their perspectives on how taking care of one another nurtures a sense of belonging. They will also highlight examples from their own work that illustrate how this "heart-work" is translated into action in very concrete - and impactful - ways.
There will be opportunity for questions and answers during the call and a podcast will be made available to all registered participants following the conversation.
Title: Using Community Capitals to Build Assets for Positive Community Change
Speakers: Mary Emery
Location: via conference call Date: Thursday, December 12th, 2013 - 11:55am - 1:00pm, ET Details: To understand how communities work and scale up change, Mary Emery and her partners developed the Community Capitals Framework. In their research they determined that healthy, sustainable communities invested in 7 types of capital: natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial and built. The Community Capitals approach focus on the intersection of these capitals and how they build upon one another to create sustainable change.
Join in this tele-learning to hear from Mary Emery about the Community Capitals approach and how it could be helpful to you in your community work. There will be lots of time for question and answer during the call and a podcast will be made available after the discussion.
Mary Emery focuses on rural and community development including using the Community Capitals Framework (CCF) in evaluation, research on community change, and program planning. She coordinates the Great Plains IDEA - a trans-disciplinary multi-university distance degree in Community Development and is Department Head for Sociology and Rural Studies South Dakota State University.
Title: Unlocking Opportunities in the Collaborative Economy
Speakers: April Rinne of Collaborative Lab
Location: via conference call Date: Thursday, January 9th, 2014 - 11:55am - 1:00pm, ET Details: Over the past several years, the growth of the collaborative economy (also called collaborative consumption or the sharing economy) has accelerated, reflecting people’s growing desire to find innovative solutions to economic pressures, environmental concerns, and a need for greater social connection. Thanks to new technologies, we are able to transact and exchange value with one another in new ways.
In this tele-learning, April Rinne, Chief Strategy Officer with Collaborative Lab and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, will introduce the fundamental principles of the collaborative economy and explain some of the opportunities and challenges that it presents to businesses and governments. April will share success stories about organizations that have harnessed collaborative economy solutions and provide insight into the cultural narrative that has allowed them to flourish.
In her role with Collaborative Lab, April regularly works with private and public sector clients to reimagine their work through a collaborative lens paired with technology. The firm is especially known for its cross-sector, global approach in three key areas: market understanding and awareness, shareable cities, and business innovation.
There will be a Q&A opportunity during the call and a podcast will be made available to all registered participants following the conversation.
Title: The Transformative Power of Community Narratives
Speakers: Dr. Chene Swart
Location: via conference call Date: Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - 11:55am - 1:00pm, ET Details: As communities, we are surrounded by - and participate in - layers and layers of stories or narratives that inform what we know about one another; what we can see; how we relate; what we value; who we are; and, who we can become. Using narrative practices drawn from individual therapy, Dr. Swart's work explores the role of community narratives in social change and how, by re-composing and re-authoring the stories of our lives, together we can weave the fibres of hope, truth and possibility to create a shared sense of abundance and responsibility for one another.
Practitioners meet by telephone and online to learn and share their experiences.The calls will 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 (CoP) usually meets every two months at a regular time via conference call; topics are determined by the members of the CoP. Dial-in information and background on each call are sent by email about a week before each call.
The CoPs are smaller, more interactive groups than Tamarack's open tele-learning calls; we expect CoP members will commit to participating regularly, to freely sharing their experience and occasionally leading a call.
You need only register once to join a specific CoP; you will then receive notices of future calls for that CoP. To register for or unsubscribe from emails for a specific CoP, please email the appropriate contact person listed below: