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
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.
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.
Neighbours: 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.
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: Why a Poverty Reduction Summit? Why Now? Speakers: James Hughes, Celeste Licorish, and Bhavana Varma; with Paul Born Location: via webinar Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12pm - 1pm , EDT
Join us on April 9th for the webinar, Why a Poverty Reduction Summit, Why Now?, as we explore lessons learned in poverty reduction efforts, and unwrap key issues that will be crucial for us to address as we move forward with collaborative poverty reduction in Canada. Leading up to the Poverty Reduction Summit in Ottawa on May 6-8, we will start framing our discussion around the changes we can and must make to align our goals and strategies, so that together we can reduce poverty for 1 million Canadians.
Title: Imagining and Engaging: The Hamilton Neighbourhood Story Speaker: Suzanne Brown, Manager of Neighbourhood Development Location: via webinar Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12pm - 1pm , EDT
Join Suzanne Brown, Manager of Neighbourhood Development Strategies at the City of Hamilton, as she discusses the City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy. The City of Hamilton's Neighbourhood Action Strategy was created in November 2010 to address health and well-being inequities in Hamilton neighbourhoods. Employing an asset-based community development approach, the Neighbourhood Action Strategy utilizes the greatest resource in any neighbourhood, its residents, to intentionally focus dialogue around the positive things in the community. This innovative strategy blends the foundations of asset-based community development with land use planning to develop resident-led, asset-based Neighbourhood Action Plans that build on local social capital and address the health inequities in eleven Hamilton neighbourhoods.
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.