Edmonton, AB | June 7-9, 2016
Today, municipalities and neighbourhoods are being confronted with a range of complex issues that are beyond the capacity of any one group or sector to effectively address when working alone. At the same time, individuals of all ages are experiencing the physical and psychological impacts of increased isolation. They are hungering for greater connection: a sense of belonging.
For individuals, deepening community offers the opportunity to establish relationships and cultivate the ability – and joy – that comes from giving and receiving care. For neigbourhoods and municipalities, deepening community offers the possibility to transform isolated individuals and organizations into powerful networks that have the capacity to actively co-create positive futures together and create the resilience needed to “bounce back” from crises and times of hardship.
The work of deepening community is the work of:
Innovative solutions are emerging as municipalities, organizations and citizens are teaming up and working together in new ways with an intentional focus on discovering what’s possible when they harness their untapped skills and capacities. A deliberate and intentional effort is now needed to focus our collective attention on re-learning the skills to effectively build – and sustain – resilient neighbourhoods and strong municipalities.
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Participants at this 3-day Learning Event will learn about promising approaches and resources that create:
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International community builder John McKnight; and leading Canadian community change-makers, Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski join Paul Born, Sylvia Cheuy and the Tamarack team to guide this dynamic three-day learning opportunity. Together, these renown thought leaders will invite us to deeply explore 5 core ideas that frame the learning journey of this Gathering:
Practical programs and resources that illustrate how to make the promise of deepening community a tangible reality where you live will also be profiled and shared. This is a learning event that promises to fill your head, reawaken your heart and engage your hands in activities that explore both the challenge and inspiration of this work.
This Gathering will welcome neighbourhood community-builders and leaders from a diversity of sectors. Together, we will reflect upon the core ideas, emerging patterns, innovative programs and policy priorities needed to create an enabling environment for resident-led, community innovation.
Each day opens with an address from one of our keynote speakers whose presentation will frame a core idea central to the work of deepening community. This will be followed by presentations of practical local examples of how these concepts are being put into action.
Participants will then have an opportunity to dialogue and explore these ideas further as part of a Peer Learning Lab. Peer Learning Labs are small dialogue groups that meet several times during the event to provide mutual support to one another’s learning journey. Learning Lab insights and emerging questions are captured and shared.
A delicious lunch, featuring talented caterers who source local food, will be enjoyed together.
Each afternoon will feature an array of workshops designed to provide you with examples and resources you can use to translate the ideas for deepening community into tangible actions that can be taken in your own neighbourhoods and communities.
A series of guided neighbourhood walkabouts, will provide an up-close look at the innovative ways that residents and neighbourhoods in the City of Edmonton are bringing the ideas we have been exploring to life within their own city.
Evenings will include a delightful array of opportunities to connect informally and celebrate the joy of being together through music, dancing, art and stories.
This three-day gathering offers you a unique opportunity of learning, connection, rejuvenation and fun. We hope you can join us!
At Tamarack our own experience implementing community change has taught us that there is something uniquely powerful that happens when people come together in the spirit of learning, knowledge-sharing and peer mentorship.
Deepening Community: Resilient Neighbourhoods · When People Care offers you the opportunity to be part of such a learning community. This event is designed specifically for you if you are: