One-Day Workshop

Deepening Community for Collective Impact

Deepen Community to move toward Collective Impact

December 1, 2015   |   Ottawa, ON

In this one day workshop learn how to engage your community and build a common agenda for large scale change.

To build a common agenda for change we need to form together as a community. To work together harnessing the power of mutually reinforcing activities we are bonded and empowered by the collective. Continuous communication requires us to not only receive good information but be willing to share it, engage in it and create opportunities for deep and lasting agreement; this comes through our commitment to each other and the community we are a part of.

In this workshop Paul shares not only the fundamental principles of Collective Impact, he provides key insights as one of North America’s top Community Engagement leaders on how Deepening Community can sustain us as leaders and the outcomes we so desire.

 Learn to:

  • Create a large scale common agenda for your collaborative efforts

  • Form multi sector leadership teams for system transformation

  • Harness the latest techniques for community engagement
  • Involve those who will benefit most from the change you hope to see 

  • Reconnect with your love for you community and understand why this is so essential for social transformation

  • Deepen community in the lives of your clients and strengthen their engagement in social change 

  • Understand the 5 key elements of Collective Impact: Common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication, and the Backbone role. 

"Community has the power to change everything. No amount of innovation, individual brilliance, or money can transform our broken society as effectively and sustainably as building community. Deepening Community provides useful and inspiring guidance for leaders everywhere who seek to create better outcomes in their work."


John Kania, FSG and co-founder of the Collective Impact movement worldwide

About Deepening Community

Get your free copy of the book at the workshop!

Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community.

In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. To show the role each of these plays, he shares his own stories - as a child of refugees and as a longtime community activist.

It's up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.

Learn more about the Deepening Community book 



Paul Born is the cofounder and President of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement, a global leader on issues of place, collective impact, and community innovation. The author of four books, including the National Best Seller Community Conversations, Born is internationally recognized for his community – building activities that have won awards from the United Nations and as a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

“For many years now, Paul Born has been among the most trusted, tender, and practical voices about how to create community. Margaret J. Wheatley, author Leadership and the New Science

“Paul Born doesn’t just study community; he lives it. In Deepening Community, he shares practical advice on how to reweave the social fabric that we have neglected for too long.—Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power

“I listen to Paul Born when I want to know how people get together for the common good. He is a master practitioner and storyteller. John McKnight founder - ABCD.

Learn more about Paul


This event will take place at the Jim Durrell Centre, 1265 Walkley Road in Ottawa, Ontario.

Please note: there is free parking at the Jim Durrell Centre as well as easy access to public transit nearby.

Registration will open at 9:00 and a light breakfast will be served. The workshop begins at 9:30am and runs until 4:30pm.




Recognizing that our collective impact is greater when we lead together, Tamarack has developed a payment structure that offers subsidies to groups of colleagues who attend together.

The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:

$159 per person for three or more colleagues from the same collaborative attending together

$179 per person for two people from the same collaborative attending together

$199 for single registration

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, a copy of Paul’s newest book Deepening Community  - Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times,  practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institutes Learning community. Also enjoy great food and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.

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Deepening Community for Collective Impact with Paul Born

Ottawa, ON  |  December 1, 2015

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