The Community Change Festival is more than a day-of experience, and your learning begins now. Below you'll find a collection of resources, papers, and webinars that we've produced ahead of the festival to help you prepare. These resources aren't required reading - instead, they'll help you see what kinds of learning we're bringing, and to help you plan out your learning by figuring out which practice areas you want to invest in.
The premise of collaborative leadership says: If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community.
As an individual or organizational changemaker, we are often better at deploying program-based or focused strategies to solve simple problems than we are at shifting the systems which are holding the problem in place. Achieving deeper and more robust systems change, especially within communities, requires a new set of skills and mindsets that results in a different way of approaching and working through change.
This paper describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.
Community Innovation is simply: change, for good, with and within a community. How we shepherd and achieve positive change is a decidedly more complex task, and at the Tamarack Institute we hope to equip changemakers at all levels to engage in and support Community Innovation
Why is it that despite our best efforts, issues like poverty, homelessness, crime, and isolation persist in our communities? For those who feel at a loss for how to approach social change, the field of Behavioural Insights offers a new lens through which we can understand why people make the decisions they do, helping us see new possibilities for change.
This paper is the second in a series on trends in Community Innovation, and provides insights into the fields of Behavioural Economics and Psychology. Small Changes for Big Impacts provides a starting point for community changemakers to explore this field and understand how they might get started in applying this lens to understand the causes, contributions, and potential opportunities for community change.
Over the last twenty years people interested in building strong communities have been making an important shift. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create mutually reinforcing community-wide strategies that yield big changes as opposed to hoping that the individual efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts. This new approach to community change requires a different way to evaluate.
Social innovators, evaluators, and community changemakers are increasingly focused on changing complex systems, but often struggle to describe either the systems itself or what they hope to achieve. This paper is designed to give clarity on how to approach the evaluation of systems change and provides three types of results that social innovators and evaluators should consider “mission-critical” to their work.
Co-Founder, Greater Good Studio
As a community changemaker, have you ever stopped to wonder where the power lies in your project? During this intimate conversation, George Aye of Greater Good Studio will help us understand the mechanics of power and how to wield it with care as we move forward in our community change efforts.