The Learning Agenda

Who will you be there? How will we learn together? Here's a peek at our evolving program.  

The Community Change Institute is an intensive learning experience, featuring amazing keynote speakers, over 30 workshops and tool sessions to bridge theory with practice, powerful case studies, and the opportunity to engage with hundreds of change makers seeking to advance the art of community change. 


Agenda at a Glance







Welcome & Opening 
Building a Learning Community


Co-Creating the Future

Shauna Sylvester
Julian Agyeman


Change the Story, Change the Future

David Korten 



Building Living Cities

Ben Hecht



Designing for Future Cities

Mark Cabaj
Jayne Engle & Cedric Jamet










The Future of Cities is Happiness

John Helliwell


Learning Lab Dialogues


Learning Lab Dialogues


Learning Lab Dialogues



Working lunch with the Learning Community








Closing the Learning Community



Concurrent Workshops


Immersive City Learning Experiences

Walks/Public Transit


Concurrent Workshops


Concurrent Workshops








Practice and Tools


Practice and Tools


Community Celebration at Musqueam Nation

Dinner & Entertainment


Welcome Reception & Tamarack Celebration


Open evening. Option to join your immersive city learning experience colleagues at Downtown Vancouver restaurants


Sign up for Dine & Discuss at restaurants near hotel

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Keynote talks

Hear inspiring stories and provoking ideas that will transform your thinking.

  • John Helliwell: The Future of Cities is Happiness

  • Shauna Sylvester & Julian Agyeman: Co-Developed Dialogue

  • David Korten: Change the Story, Change the Future

  • Ben Hecht: Building Living Cities

  • Mark Cabaj, Jayne Engle & Cedric Jamet: Designing the Future of Cities
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Workshops and Tools

Custom design your learning plan with a choice of workshops and practical tools in the 5 learning streams:

Pick one stream or sample them all! These sessions will be facilitated by the Tamarack faculty team and leading practitioners from our community change network.


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Peer learning

There is so much wisdom in the room with community change practitioners joining from multiple sectors and multiple countries.

Learning Lab dialogues provide a rich opportunity to facilitate individual reflection and deepen the learning experience for one another.

Themed networking lunches will invite you into discussion with peers based on geography or sector.

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Creative experiences

The Learning Commons is a space for you to get creative! Be inspired by artists and do your own creating too.

City learning experiences will bring you into Vancouver to showcase the very best examples of Community Innovation the city has to offer. 

On Thursday evening, immerse yourself in the Musqueam Nations arts and culture through ceremony, tour, feast and song!

Keynote Topics

Each day we will set the tone with inspiration from one of our keynote speakers.


The Future of Cities is Happiness, John Helliwell

The World Happiness Report 2017 identifies the key variables of well-being and happiness including caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Dr. John Helliwell, co-editor of the report, will share findings about the social foundations necessary for world happiness, and reflect on the role of citizens and governments in building cities of happiness. 


Co-Creating the Future, Shauna Sylvester, Julian Agyeman

We live in a hyper-connected world where information moves across the globe in seconds and citizens have multi-modal opportunities to share their perspectives and voice.  In a complex world with competing systems of culture, economics, justice and sustainability, how can we ensure a just and equitable future, and what role can dialogue play in navigating our changing world?  Shauna and Julian will share their perspectives and engage in dialogue with one another and with CCI participants.


Change the Story, Change the Future, David Korten

In the current dominant narrative of our society, we measure the success of cities, people and systems based on their contributions to the economy. David Korten suggests, to the contrary, that they should be valued for their contributions to the health and happiness of living people, communities, and nature. He will challenge us to rethink every aspect of conventional thought and practice regarding the role of citizens, cities, economies, and creation as we navigate the path forward for our cities.


Building Living Cities, Ben Hecht

The Living Cities movement in the United States is building a new urban landscape.  For the past 25 years, this innovative partnership has brought together cross-sector leadership to dramatically improve the economic future of cities and low income citizens. Living cities frames their work through four key practices: open sourcing social change; investing in collective impact; capital innovation through the blending of private and public funding sources; and public sector innovation.  Ben Hecht, CEO of Living Cities will share how to co-create a city and citizens that disrupt the status quo.


Designing for Future Cities, Mark Cabaj, Jayne Engle, Cedric Jamet

This session will (a) introduce participants to the case for an urban agenda in Canada and the emerging platforms for shaping Canadian cities of the future, (b) provide interactive opportunities to discuss and provide feedback on that urban agenda on a set of strategic questions and (c) invite you to participate in a variety of activities for participation on urban issues after the session. The session will be co-facilitated by Cities for People, Here to There Consulting and PercoLab










How Will We Learn Together? 


After over a decade of hosting Learning Events for Community Change Leaders like you, we've learned some important lessons:

  1. An inspired week away from the office is key to engaging deeply.

  2. Forming a learning community creates opportunities to digest new ideas and opens us to explore.

  3. Amazing keynotes stretch us. Workshops led by highly experienced faculty ground us and make big ideas practical.

  4. Learning for transformation is a creative and co-generative process.

  5. Engaging in innovating practices helps us better understand and navigate systems.

This event has been designed to facilitate opportunities to learn together and create co-generative spaces for learning.

One way this happens is that each participant will be part of a small learning lab of peers that meets regularly throughout the week. Learning Lab dialogues provide a rich opportunity to facilitate individual reflection and deepen the learning experience for one another.

The event curriculum offers you an opportunity to dive deeply into key streams of learning that are foundational to effective community change. Our keynote speakers, and corresponding case studies, offer the opportunity to explore new and emerging ideas, and consider how they can be put into action.





Immersive City Learning Experiences

On Tuesday we will leave the hotel behind and tour downtown Vancouver taking in some of the city's best examples of community innovation. Some of the themes and hosts we'll enjoy are below: 

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Exploring Social Entrepreneurship and Systems Change  

Host: RADIUS Social Innovation Lab and Incubator at Simon Fraser University

Location: SFU RADIUS Charles Chang Innovation Centre, 308 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4

This session will explore how to accelerate innovation for systems change. RADIUS SFU will host the discussion, sharing its experience using the university as a hub for fostering social entrepreneurship in individuals as well as acting as an incubator for innovation. One example is their 3-year LEDLab (a partnership with Ecotrust Canada) which focuses on working with residents and community organizations to build a more vibrant and inclusive local economy in the Downtown Eastside. They place the people most affected by the issues at the centre of creating solutions, supporting them with capacity - including graduate students!

  • The Binners’ Project is a group of waste-pickers aided by support staff dedicated to improving their economic opportunities, and reducing the stigma they face as informal recyclable collectors. Learn more:
  • The Thingery is a social venture, founded by sharing entrepreneur Chris Diplock. It is a lending library of things housed in a modified shipping container, and acts as a micro-lending library for the community. Learn more:

Engaging Community with the Arts

Host: Simon Fraser University's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Location: World Arts Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H4

SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement supports creative engagement, knowledge mobilization and public programming in the theme areas of arts and culture, social and environmental justice, and urban issues through public talks, dialogues, workshops, screenings, performances and community partnerships.

This session will be an informal storytelling event with some of our long-term community partners, primarily based in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, ranging from social enterprises to community theatre groups. Join us in an exchange of ideas and hear directly from the groups we work with about the value of meaningful community engagement.

Strategic investments in Community initiatives help transform the city

Host: The Vancouver Foundation

Location: Walking tour in the Downtown Eastside and Chinatown

The Vancouver Foundation is leading a tour to visit two great examples of community investment that are within easy walking distance of each other. The Vancouver Foundation’s Vice President Deborah Irvine will share her insights on supporting meaningful and lasting impacts in neighbourhoods and communities. The group will start in the Downtown Eastside, meeting with Hives for Humanity, a nonprofit that encourages community connections through apiculture, more commonly known as beekeeping. Through mentorship-­based programming they create flexible opportunities for people to engage in the therapeutic culture that surrounds the hive; foster connectivity to nature; and participate in local sustainable economies while supporting at ­risk populations of people and pollinators. From there, participants will walk to Chinatown to hear from The Hua Foundation, which supports Chinese-Canadian youth to participate in social and environmental change. For example, their Choi Project empowers Chinese-Canadian families and communities to take part in the local food movement, as much ‘choi’ (vegetables and leafy greens) is imported. Websites: and

Community-supported health and well-being across diverse residents

Host: Social Policy & Projects Team, Community Services, City of Vancouver

Location: Main Floor - Town Hall Meeting Room, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver (12th and Cambie)

This session will share the Healthy City Strategy (HCS) framework the City of Vancouver adopted in 2014. The HCS is a social sustainability plan based on the social determinants of health which represents the “basket of goods” fundamental for the health and well-being of all individuals and communities. City staff will be presenting two examples of policies and initiatives that support the HCS, showing how the social determinants are interconnected and interdependent on the others:

  • Community Economic Development Strategy – The strategy was adopted by City Council in 2016 and was co-created by City Staff and the Community Economic Development Strategic Action Committee (CEDSAC). Staff from the City and the CEDSAC Director will share the process to develop the strategy, which contains 9 core ideas and 22 actions, and is built on several years of partnerships supporting social innovation, social enterprise and other local economic initiatives in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The presenters will also describe how CED initiatives are connected with the 13 areas in the HCS.
  • Urban Health – Opioid Crisis Response - City staff and community partners will present the collaborative work with all levels of government and grassroots groups to address the overdose crisis in the Vancouver Downtown Eastside. The presentations will focus on current and next steps the City is taking to respond to the overdose crisis and how non-profits groups are working together with all levels of government to support at-risk residents living in the neighbourhood. They will also share how this work can start to move from crisis-response to further upstream, supporting improvements in health and well-being in connection to various HCS goal areas.

Engaging people in the transition to 100% renewable energy

Host: City of Vancouver Sustainability Group (Renewable City Strategy)

Location: Creekside Community Centre (room MP4 - second floor)

Vancouver has set an ambitious goal to eliminate dependence on fossil fuels before 2050. We know that this will take time and will take the combined efforts of residents and business across the city and beyond. Join us for an interactive session exploring how to envision what a 100% renewable energy city looks like and how to make this vision a reality. Conference participants will start with a walking tour of the Olympic Village neighbourhood, taking in the scenery while hearing about ways residents are saving energy and building community. The City of Vancouver will share its engagement strategy for an ambitious and achievable 30-year plan to cut carbon pollution by at least 80% and transition to 100% renewable energy before 2050 by targeting the biggest sources of carbon pollution in Vancouver – buildings and transportation. The conversation will be enhanced by presentations by Empower Me, and ClimateSmart as well as an opportunity for participants’ own experiences with shifting energy demand and fostering behaviour change in other areas. Afterwards, participants are welcome to explore the Olympic Village and False Creek area on their own, by foot, bicycle or water taxi.

  • Empower Me engages tight-knit, culturally diverse communities that have traditionally been difficult for utilities and local governments to reach - saving households an average of $200 in annual utility bills. This award-winning program both guides and measures behaviour change, delivering messaging around energy efficiency, water usage, recycling, safety and health. Learn more:
  • Climate Smart partners with local governments and other institutions to enable small and medium-sized enterprises - the engines of local economies - to measure and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions from energy, fuel, transportation, waste and other sources through a combination of training, one-on-one support and software. Learn more:

Workshops & Case Studies

Workshops, in five streams each led by a member of Tamarack's faculty team and network, offer you the opportunity to custom design an individual learning plan that is tailored to your learning journey. Each of the five streams will include both two hour workshops as well as one hour tool sessions in the following areas:

Collective Impact

  • How to Develop a Common Agenda for Collective Impact: A 5 Step Guide
    Your board chair asks, "So what are you actually going to do and what will you produce in the first year of your Collective Impact initiative"? We will answer this question for you. (Paul Born, Tamarack Institute)
  • Collective Impact 3.0 – Co-Creating for Impact
    Take your collective impact efforts to the next level.  This interactive workshop will focus on systems change strategies to get to policy impacts, shared measurement and strategic clarity as you move your collective impact efforts forward. (Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute) 

  • Cities of the Future: Are we asking the right questions?
    In his workshop, Julian will challenge you to look not for solutions, but to ask the right questions. First he will outline the concept of 'just sustainabilities’, arguing that integrating social needs and welfare, offers us a more ‘just,’ rounded, and equity-focused definition of sustainability and sustainable development, while not negating the very real environmental threats we face. He will then look at examples of just sustainabilities, from bike shares to ‘local’ food, through a series of focused questions we need to be asking ourselves. (Julian Agyeman, Fellow, Cities for People)

  • Co-Creating through Journey Mapping [TOOL]
    Collective Impact is about engaging multiple partners around a common agenda.  A journey map helps keep everyone in the collective impact or collaborative on the same page as you navigate the collective impact journey together. In this tool session, participants will build their journey maps and participate in a structured feedback opportunity. (Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute)

  • The Rhythm of Community Change through the Eco-Cycle [TOOL]
    Community change does not just happen.  There is a rhythm to how cities, communities and collaborative work.  This session will help participants learn how to identify both the opportunities and traps in the collaborative planning processes using the eco-cycle as a dynamic community change tool. (Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute)

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Community Engagement

  • Belonging & Deepening Community: Foundations for Community Change
    There is growing evidence confirming that loneliness and self-reported rates of isolation are at a record high in Canada – impacting every age cohort from seniors, to young adults and youth. This is cause for concern given the direct correlation between people’s feeling of belonging and their willingness to participate in actions for the “common good.”  To effectively mobilize for community change, new approaches are needed that engage and connect those who are isolated and disconnected.  This highly interactive workshop will share stories of effective engagement efforts that have overcome isolation as well as provide frameworks and tools that can be used to develop and nurture effective citizen engagement. (Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute)

  • Rehearsal for Revolution: Using theatre as a tool for community engagement
    Have you ever considered using theatre as a tool for community engagement? Around the world, theatre is being picked up as an innovative and effective way to open up dialogue and deepen connections between individuals who are working together to face some of the most pressing problems. From simple interactive exercises, to public performances, ‘applied theatre’ is a powerful platform to break down the barriers that exist between us, and better equip us to collaborate and understand one another as we work together to build better communities. Join Megan as she leads you through a series of interactive theatre-based exercises that can be applied to your next community engagement project. No theatre training needed. (Megan Wanless, Tamarack Institute)

  • Cultivating the Power and Possibility of Citizen Leadership (ABCD)
    Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) is an approach that focuses on strengths and assets over needs and deficits and creates the conditions for citizen leadership to flourish.  With the challenges and opportunities facing our cities becoming increasingly complex, local engagement is key in leveraging people’s unique connection to place and drives innovative solutions that emerge when diverse perspectives come together with an emphasis on strengths and skills.  This workshop will: introduce the principles of ABCD; share practical resources for incorporating the lens of ABCD into your community change efforts; and, share stories that illustrate how the community’s newly-recognized strengths can be directed to an endless range of shared priorities. (Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute)

  • The Context Experts: How to Authentically Engage People with Lived Experience
    Community engagement is now considered the rule, not the exception. Anyone working in the field of community change knows that community engagement is a necessary element of any effective initiative. But what does it mean to do it well? In this workshop, learn how to increase the authenticity of community engagement and eradicate tokenistic community engagement through the meaningful involvement of context experts. Hear real-life stories of authentic engagement and gain an understanding of five lessons to consider when designing community engagement processes. (Lisa Attygalle, Tamarack Institute)

  • Digital Storytelling [TOOL]
    Digital Storytelling is a form of personal, heartfelt expression that enables individuals, communities and organizations to reclaim their personal cultures and stories while exploring their artistic creativity. Digital Storytelling has been used by community change organizations to empower community members, educate stakeholders and the public, and as a way to evaluate change. See examples of digital storytelling and learn the process of capturing your own digital stories. (Lisa Attygalle, Tamarack Institute) 

  • Engage Your Top 100 First [TOOL]
    Co-creating the future means that you should focus on the strategic engagement of key stakeholders who will help drive the change forward.  This simple and fun approach just might be the key to your community change efforts.  In just one hour, participants will identify their list of key stakeholders and have a plan for effective engagement.  (Paul Born, Tamarack Institute)

  • From Grassroots to Policy: Realizing the co-benefits of community connections  [TOOL]
    Across the City of Vancouver, staff working in fields of social policy, economic development, sustainability, recreation, and emergency management, recognize the value of investment in connected, healthy, and diverse neighbourhoods to enhance resilience. We have approached the challenge through a range of programs and topics that are accessible and motivating in different ways for different groups. By acknowledging the co-benefits of our work, we have been able to collaborate on tools and projects that don’t normally fall within our respective fields, and are setting a strong foundation for an integrated Resilience Strategy that will connect objectives across a wide range of city plans and strategies with a focus on communities. This session will share a set of tools and projects that staff have collaborated on to achieve mutually beneficial objectives that aim to empower and enable neighbourhoods to be strong now and in the future, and to elevate and build understanding of the importance of cultivating community connections. (Katie McPherson, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Vancouver)

  • The Community Reference System: Getting “The Right” People in the Room  [TOOL]
    You are launching, -- or renewing, -- a collaborative project, but the number of attendees you can invite to your initial meeting is limited.  How do you determine who to invite?  How can you create a “buzz” about your project that reaches far beyond the people who are in the room?  How can you hold the tension between limiting invitees but conveying that all are welcome?  This tool introduces a highly-participatory method for engaging beyond your invitee list to build interest, curiosity and credibility about who’s “in the room”. (Sylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute)

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Collaborative Leadership

  • The Policy Dilemma – Finding Voice for Cities of the Future
    Policy influence and change can dramatically move the needle on complex community issues and yet most collaborative tables are reticent to pay attention to this process.  Learn how to build a policy approach that leads to influence and impact. (Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute)

  • Building the New Urban Practice: Towards Dramatically Better Results for Low-Income People Faster
    If we are honest with ourselves, all of our best intentions and efforts have not resulted in significant improvements in the economic condition of most low-income people. Our ability to come together and solve important and complex problems, like poverty and stunted economic growth, is broken. Where we need long-term, systemic solutions that can achieve exponentially better results year over year, we repeatedly respond with short-term, isolated programs.That’s why Living Cities is leveraging the influence and resources of major foundations and financial institutions in the United States to build a New Urban Practice. The New Urban Practice is focused on getting dramatically better results for low-income people, especially people of color, faster. It is bringing public, private, philanthropic and non-profit sectors together in new ways to take on our most wicked problems, and holding themselves accountable for large-scale results. It is stimulating a growing conversation and encouraging action to overhaul outdated bureaucratic structures and models of citizen engagement. And, it is driving experimentation and innovation to harness both philanthropic and private capital to invest not just in physical infrastructure, but also inhuman capital, especially people of color. (Ben Hecht, Living Cities)

  • Creating Partnerships to Build Safer Cities
    Working to build a safer city is easier said than done. REACH Edmonton leverages multi-stakeholder partnerships to help address issues of safety that affect youth, adults and families who are at risk of committing or becoming victims of crime. One initiative REACH focuses on is the 24/7 initiative which works with the community, police and emergency services to develop 24/7 solutions to ensure alignment of services and data integration with the aim of reducing inappropriate use of police and emergency services while connecting vulnerable Edmontonians with the resources and supports they need. With a changing downtown core, in 2016 the 24/7 initiative received increased funding from City Council in recognition of the many challenges facing the city’s most vulnerable. The 24/7 initiative is just one example of how Edmontonians are working together to build a safer city. Collaborating and thinking differently about how to solve complex social problems isn’t easy work, but the evaluation shows that multi-stakeholder partnerships that use collective impact are making some real strides toward creating an inner city that is safe for everyone. (Lindsay Daniller, REACH Edmonton)
  • Partnership Brokering for Improving Local Government Service Delivery [TOOL]
    Local governments are often on the front lines of increasingly complex challenges - climate change, economic development, affordable housing/homelessness, the opioid crisis, to name just a few. Increasingly, they are moving from a ‘doing/service provision role’ to act as catalysts and innovation brokers by empowering citizens and community organizations to act. Partnership development offers a unique opportunity. During this session we will provide tips and tricks for how local governments can collaborate with community actors, academics, and provincial/federal governments to streamline service provision, share in decision making, and unlock new economic opportunities. We will utilize examples from our work with the City of Kelowna.  (Erin Welk, Urban Matters, Vancouver)

  • Making Change through Single, Double, Triple Loop Learning [TOOL] 
    Learn about single, double, and triple loop learning which are learning strategies that respectively help create incremental, reformist, and transformational change. Engage Mark Holmgren in conversation about the barriers we face to effective learning and how to create conditions that foster adaptive, generative, and radical learning. (Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute)

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Community Innovation

  • Thinking Upside Down Together to Effect Change
    Mark Holmgren is known for his work on Upside Down Thinking and how heretical thinking can disrupt the status quo and foster innovation, the development of new services, and even cause us to rethink our sacred beliefs and biases about community work. In addition to learning about Upside Down Thinking, Mark covers other types of thinking, including Wicked Questions, Integrative Thinking, and Lateral Thinking. Work with Mark in small groups to put these disruptive thinking methods into practice.  (Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute)

  • Disruption & Snapback: Capturing Systems Change
    This session will explore how social innovators can measure and track their efforts to disrupt and change the systems that underlie social, environmental and economic challenges all while resisting the ‘snap back’ that leads us back to the status quo. (Mark Cabaj, Here 2 There Consulting)

  • Going Deeper: Change the Story, Change the Future
    Expanding upon the morning keynote, join David Korten in thinking about how the prevailing public narrative contributes to the social and environmental outcomes you seek to change. How must that story change for your work to succeed and what are you doing to achieve that change? Through discussion, gain an understanding of how your individual efforts link into and contribute to the deeper story change on which a viable human future depends. (David Korten, YES! Magazine)

  • Navigating Emergence: Perspectives and Practices for Responding in Real Time
    The global challenges we face are coming home to roost in our communities and cities. While planning remains important, in our fast-paced and increasingly complex world we need to grow our abilities to embrace emergence, serendipity and synchronicity. Einstein said, “The rational mind is a faithful servant and the intuitive mind is a sacred gift.” In this experiential workshop you’ll learn three practices to cultivate the power of your intuition and intention. You’ll also deepen your ability to see systemically thanks to three potent perspectives on human systems dynamics: Adaptive Cycle, Chaordic Design and Conscious Co-creation. You’ll leave with a starter kit of in-the-moment practices for navigating emergence, and greater clarity about the North Star guiding your work. (Kate Sutherland, Simon Fraser University)

  • The Future of Cities: Placecaring & Placemaking in the Human Hive
    This workshop considers the city (human hive) as Gaia’s Reflective Organ, through the lenses of bio-psycho-cultural-social realities. Participants will explore the beehive as a lesson in complexity and the implications of the Master Code which guides human systems to “placecare and placemake” at four scales (self, others, place and planet). We will share case studies, maps, strategies and toolkits to examine the prospects of today’s cities as they evolve into the cities of the future. Out beyond the Traditional City, out beyond the Smart City, out beyond the Resilient City lives the Integral City. There is a Knowing Field – we will meet you there. (Marilyn Hamilton, Integral City Meshworks)

  • Scaling Up, Out and Deep: Strategies for Generating Systemic Change
    Community and city innovations sometimes seem like tiny bright spots amidst dysfunctional systems, and the need to achieve positive change “at scale” is clear. But when we think about how to spread or deepen solutions to social problems, it’s not that simple – social issues are hugely dependent on context, systems are nested across many scales, and we need to think differently about scaling for social change.  We’ll consider and apply three approaches to scaling innovations so they can have more systemic impact – “Scaling Up” to policy change, “Scaling Out” through program replication, and “Scaling Deep” by engaging people’s hearts and minds to shift cultures. (Darcy Riddell, McConnell Foundation)
  • Co-Creating a Culture of Innovation [TOOL]
    Innovative ideas and strategies are not hard to come by but fall to the wayside when the culture of an organization or collaborative provides insufficient space, time, permission, and support to explore new possibilities. In this session, Mark will share from his experience as a social innovator as well as best practice approaches for bringing about cultural change to foster innovation within organizations. (Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute) 

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Evaluating Community Impact

  • Simplifying the Complex: Hard and Soft Measurement in Community Change
    The endless debate between the merits of ‘hard and soft’ indicators and methods is over. Social innovators – and those who support them – need a combination of both if they are to get a full picture of their progress in tackling tough issues. Join Mark Cabaj for an interactive session that will explore how to integrate the hard and soft measures into your evaluation work.  (Mark Cabaj, Here 2 There Consulting)

  • Game Changers: The Vibrant Communities Canada Approach to Poverty Reduction Strategy and Evaluation
    In 2002, thirteen cities in Canada took on the bold challenge of reducing and eliminating poverty. Vibrant Communities Canada has now scaled to include 54 cities with place-based collaborative roundtables focused on improving outcomes for their citizens and their communities. This collective impact living laboratory is transforming how communities and governments at all levels think about and tackle poverty. Learn about the game changer strategies that are improving the lives of Canadians from coast to coast to coast. (Mark Holmgren, Tamarack Institute)

  • Small Bets Before Big Bets: A Framework to Evaluate Prototypes [TOOL]
    Social innovators are increasingly turning to prototyping to quickly and inexpensively test promising ideas and determine whether they warrant “bigger bets” of pilot projects or full-fledged models or programs. Learn more about the seven different types of prototypes, the prototyping process, and how to evaluate rapid prototypes. (Mark Cabaj, Here 2 There Consulting)

  • Leveraging Systems Thinking to Understand the Complexities of Community Problems [TOOL]
    Social, environmental and economical challenges faced by communities across the globe are complex and dynamic. Lack of deep understanding of the complexities of problems often result in unintended negative impacts in local and global communities. Systems thinking and analysis can be powerful tools to help practitioners understand complex community problems and implement systemic solutions that result in positive impacts in the communities. This interactive workshop will take a very quick look at what systems thinking is and share some practical resources, tools, processes and mindsets to be used for designing and implementing solutions to complex community problems. (Yassaman Nouri, Hamilton Community Foundation)

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