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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 & Community Change Collective Impact & Community Change - Windsor, ON
Speaker: Liz Weaver
Date: May 22, 2014
Location: Windsor, ON

Learn More and Register Here!

Book Launch Events - Deepening CommunityBook Launch Events - Deepening Community
Join us for a time of fun and celebration to launch Paul Born’s new book!
Waterloo, ON - April 23, 2014
Abbotsford, BC - May 3, 2014
Vancouver, BC - May 5, 2014
Hamilton, ON - May 27, 2014
Guelph, ON - June 2, 2014

Learn More and Register Here!

Community: Programs and PoliciesCommunity: Programs and Policies
Speakers: Peter Block, John McKnight, Vickie Cammack, Al Etmanski, Sherri Torjman, and Paul Born
Date: June 23-26, 2014
Location: Kitchener, ON

Learn More and Register Here!

Collective Impact SummitCollective Impact Summit
Speakers: Melody Barnes, John Kania, Fay Hanleybrown, Brenda Zimmerman, Jay Conner and Liz Weaver
Date: October 6-10, 2014
Location: Toronto, ON

Learn More and Register Here!

Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes Evaluating Community Impact: Capturing and Making Sense of Community Outcomes
Speakers: Liz Weaver and Mark Cabaj
Date: June 2-4, 2014 and Nov 18-20, 2014
Location: Halifax, NS (EVENT IS FULL) and Winnipeg, MB

Learn More and Register Here!

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Upcoming Tele-Learning Seminars

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.

Mark CabajTitle: Evaluating Collective Impact: 6 Simple Rules
Speakers: Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver
Location: Webinar
Date: Thursday May 15, 2014 - 12-1pm, EDT

The concept of Collective Impact has captured the imagination of would-be change makers who are eager to be more than the sum of their parts. There are examples of Collective Impact efforts across North America focusing on everything from nutrition, early childhood development, homelessness, poverty and gang violence.

The dramatic expansion in the number and variety of CI initiatives has led to more and more people asking, "How do we evaluate collective impact efforts?" Thankfully, there are decades of work in assessing many other approaches to community change - and some promising emerging practices specifically focused on Collective Impact - upon which to build.

On May 15th, join Mark Cabaj and Liz Weaver, two experienced community change practitioners, in a webinar to explore:

• Six Simple Rules
• The Implications for Practitioners, Funders and Evaluators
• Examples of Collective Impact Evaluation in Action

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Michael JonesTitle: Exploring the Soul of Place: Re-imagining Leadership through Creative Placemaking
Speakers: Michael Jones
Location: via conference call
Date: Thursday June 19, 2014 - 12-1pm, EDT

Michael Jones joins us to share highlights from his latest book: The Soul of Place in which he explores the notion of place and our relationship to it. Michael believes that being grounded in a sense of place is necessary if we wish to: imagine a positive future; offer effective leadership; and, hold a responsible relationship with the world around us. He suggests that there are three braids of place: the enchantment of nature; the beauty of art; and, gathering together in community. Weaving together these "three braids of place" instills within us "a sense of belonging and solace in a placeless world" and creates an "unbreakable bond that will bring - and hold - the world together." Join us in conversation to deepen our exploration of the role of place in our leadership, our hearts and our work.
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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 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 Interest Group - 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.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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