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:
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: Five Qualities for Cultivating Strong Communities Speaker: Joe Schaeffer Location: via webinar Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 12 - 1pm, ET
Understanding community has always been central to Dr. Joe Schaeffer's work. As an academic and teacher he has engaged thousands of people, from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences, to answer a single question: What would people be like, within and with each other, in a world that you would like to be part of? Joe has distilled the responses he heard into five qualities of character which are exemplified by people who demonstrate the capacity to create and sustain resilient, strong communities. Joe's latest book, Living Community, explores these qualities of character and makes an important and unique contribution to the field by moving beyond the "how-to" of community building to focus deliberately and clearly on the attitudes and practices that we must cultivate within ourselves to successfully realize the full benefit and possibility of community. Join us and learn more about the five qualities of character for effective community-building.
Title: Community Change: Lessons Learned in 2014 Speaker: Paul Born and Liz Weaver Location: via webinar Date: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 - 11:55am - 1pm, ET
Come hear Tamarack`s President and Vice President discuss the lessons learned over the past year from work in Community Change. They will share what they learnt, trends they are seeing, and show the cutting edge resources they have encountered throughout the year. Hear about their experiences, the amazing people they have met and programs they have engaged with from around the world, and then join in with your ideas and questions.
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 InterestGroup - 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.