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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. 

Collective Impact Summitt 2015Collective Impact Summit
Date: September 28 - October 2, 2015
Location: Vancouver, BC

The Collective Impact Summit is an exclusive learning experience that will bring you the most current thinking and resources from the emerging field of Collective Impact. It is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues. Join us in spectacular Vancouver, Canada on Sept. 28 - Oct. 2, 2015 for an exclusive opportunity accelerate your effectiveness at leading and implementing a Collective Impact approach. Be inspired by internationally renowned Thought Leaders, learn from your peers, experience innovation from around the world, and be re-energized in your work. Collective Impact gives us the tools to do more by doing differently. It offers a proven path forward for advancing large-scale social change.

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Upcoming Webinars

Tamarack and Vibrant Communities offer free webinars that are brought to you live via GoToWebinar. 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, long distance fees may apply if you join the webinar by phone. It is free if you join via VoIP using your computer headset (with a microphone is recommended).

Title: United Way, Collective Impact & the Building Blocks for a Good Life
Speaker: Stacey Stewart
Host: Liz Weaver
Location: via webinar
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 12pm - 1pm , Eastern

stacey_stewartJoin Stacey Stewart, U.S. President at United Way Worldwide, and Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack - An Institute for Community Engagement, in a lively discussion about collective impact and the United Way.

Since 2009, Stacey has worked with the U.S. network of nearly 1,200 local and state United Ways community change campaigns to achieve ambitious goals in education, financial stability and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life. Under Stacey's leadership, the U.S. Network engages thousands of local partners, over 9 million individual donors and volunteers, and raises over 3.9 billion dollars each year to rally around initiatives in these vital areas.

Participants attending this webinar will also learn insider details about the upcoming Collective Impact Summit happening in Vancouver, Sept. 28 - Oct 2, 2015, where Stacey will be one of the featured keynote speakers.

About Stacey

Stacey drives the strategic direction for the United Way in the US, working with leaders throughout the network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health - the building blocks essential to quality of life for all citizens.

Stacey leads the United Way movement in the United States in its implementation of the collective impact framework and understands how critical impact strategies are in transforming communities. A dynamic change leader, Stacey brings a wealth of experiences to the role of US President for United Way Worldwide including a prior appointment as Vice President, community impact leadership with the United Way and President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation.

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Title: Evaluating Collective Impact: 5 Simple Rules
Speakers: Mark Cabaj with host Liz Weaver
Location: via webinar
Date: Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm , EDT

stacey_stewart stacey_stewartIn the fall of 2014, Mark Cabaj wrote an article for the Collective Impact issue of The Philanthropist, 5 Simple Rules for Evaluating Collective Impact. In this webinar, Mark Cabaj will:

  • Reflect upon the struggle faced by the field of evaluation as it has experimented in developing concepts and methods that are useful for the complex work of community change.
  • Talk about the ambitious nature of the latest iteration of community change approaches, Collective Impact, amplifies this challenge.
  • Explore the five simple rules that have emerged out of 50 years of trial and error that can assist participants, funders, and evaluators of Collective Impact initiatives to track their progress and make sense of their efforts.

Join us as Mark shares various key points of his thinking, experience and learning for Evaluating Collective Impact.

About the Speaker

Mark Cabaj is a Tamarack Associate and Thought Leader, President of the company From Here to There. Mark's current focus is on developing practical ways to assist groups to understand, plan and evaluate policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly focused on expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to evaluation which emphasizes learning and design thinking in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.

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Title: Canada Social Report: Filling the Data Gap
Speakers: Sherri Torjman and Anne Makhoul
Location: via webinar
Date: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 11:55am - 1pm , EDT

Launched in spring 2015 by the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, the Canada Social Report is a bold new web-based initiative that houses a diverse range of social program and policy material and related socioeconomic and taxation data. The website was initiated to preserve and protect as much social data as possible in response to the recent loss of data in Canada, particularly the troubling dismantling of the long-form Census.

Data and evidence form the core foundation for understanding the challenges we face as a nation and formulating the most effective policy solutions. The Canada Social Report is a living document that will evolve over time, and new sections and materials will be added as relevant documents and data become available.

Join Caledon's Sherri Torjman and Anne Makhoul as they lead us through the importance of this vital and ambitious pan-Canadian initiative, give you a tour of the content available to support your work, and share new updates about the site.

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Communities of Practice

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 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 month to 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 sign up for a 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:

Canadian Collective Impact Practitioner Community of Practice - for practitioners who are using the collective impact approach to achieve large-scale systems change in Canada. 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.

Evaluating Community Impact: Measuring Poverty Reduction - members are actively engaged in local poverty reduction efforts and want to dig deeper into processes that will help them achieve their intended outcomes. Monthly calls will feature a guest speaker who will present on an approach to evaluating poverty reduction and then include 30 minutes of group discussion. Register for this community of practice here.

Getting to Impact: Planning for Poverty Reduction - Review poverty reduction plans and strategies developed by member cities. Monthly calls will feature one community plan and members will be asked to share feedback and ask questions. Register for this 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 currently 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

Municipal Government Representatives for Poverty Reduction (MGR CoP) - Membership in the MGR CoP is open to municipal or regional government staff responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity. The group currently meets by conference call on a quarterly basis. Register for this community of practice here.

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.

Provincial Government Officials (GO CoP) - Membership in the GO CoP is reserved for government representatives of all provinces and territories who are responsible for, or directly involved in, poverty reduction efforts in their official governmental capacity. The group currently meets by conference call on a quarterly basis. Register for this community of practice here.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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