How can you bring diverse members of your community together to develop creative new ideas, innovative approaches to persistent problems, and build alignment and momentum for action?
Over the past 17 years the Tamarack Institute has been helping communities come together in creative ways for community change. This workshop will give you the tools and practice to host and lead these collaborative Co-Design sessions effectively. We will go deep on different approaches to engage the community to innovate together, understand what makes these kinds of gatherings distinct, and provide you with tools that you can use to host them.
Building on our deep practice knowledge in Community Engagement and Community Innovation, this is a unique opportunity to learn how to combine these practices for positive community change.
Our unique workshop format will provide participants with hands-on experience and a step-by-step approach to designing and facilitating collaborative Community Innovation sessions. This 2-day workshop will include:
This workshop is best suited to those who have an interest and some basic knowledge and experience with community engagement and are eager to tackle the challenging but critical task of hosting gatherings to spark new ideas and inspire the community to act build together.
You are interested in bringing diverse stakeholders together but aren’t sure how to best manage the conversation
Engagement or innovation is part of your job description
You are in a Collective Impact network and want to learn how to facilitate gatherings that lead to a common agenda and identify areas for action with community
You are a social innovator
Highlights of the learning agenda include:
Essential components of Innovation and Engagement –What makes new ideas possible
A design approach – How the needs of your community should shape your engagement design
The key is diversity – How to ensure your session is truly inclusive, respectful, and honours diverse people and perspectives.
The facilitator’s toolkit – Tips, tricks, and techniques for maximizing your impact
Choosing the right method – Exploring lived experience advisory councils, co-design sessions, hackathons, and more!
Bringing it all together – Designing your next engagement
In her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.
Lisa comes to this work from the private sector where she worked at one of Canada's leading communications firms with clients in agribusiness, healthcare, financial services and technology. Lisa brings private sector knowledge to public sector work. Hailing from Australia, Lisa also worked on major water infrastructure projects as the liaison between municipal government, engineering and the community.
Galen is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide.
Prior to joining Tamarack, Galen was an independent consultant and head of the social sector practice at Bridgeable, a leading Canadian service design consultancy. These roles gave Galen the unique opportunity to explore the differences and commonalities between non-profit organizations working at different scales, and practical experience in helping them tackle their most pressing challenges. His work on collaborative approaches to innovation was published in the design management institute’s journal.
The workshop will take place at Ryerson Student Centre in the Tecumseh Auditorium located at 63 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9 from November 13th to 14th.
Registration will open at 8:30am on both November 13th and 14th. Coffee & tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.
The registration rate (in Canadian dollars) is
$850 per person for a single registration
$800 per person for groups of 2-4
$750 per person for groups of 5 or more
Vibrant Communities members are eligible for the lowest rate. The registration rate includes the two-day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.
If you are in need of assistance with your registration or have any questions, contact Jack Gibbings.
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