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: Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times Speakers: Paul Born and Peter Block
Location: via Berrett-Koehler webinar Date: Thursday March 27, 2014 - 1-2pm, ET
Membership to a strong community has the capacity to improve our physical, mental, and economic health, as well as our overall sense of happiness and fulfillment. In short, everyone benefits from a strong community. It's in our DNA.
So how do we create a deep community in an age where we've learned to value keeping mostly to ourselves, only occasionally seeing our friends and relatives?
Bestselling author of Stewardship Peter Block joins us for a discussion on the subject of community with Deepening Community author and founder of the Tamarack Institute, Paul Born.
In the chaos of the world that we live in, with environmental, economic, social uncertainties, it is only natural to join together out of fear of what lies ahead. Fear shapes our communities in interesting and powerful ways and Born invites us to explore these ideas with him.
In this webinar, we’ll discuss:
• How to identify a “deep” community over a shallow one
What leaders and organizers stand to gain from a stronger community whose members focus on serving each other
• Examples of stewardship and deep community in action
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 late February 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.