Learning Agenda

We will be gathering at the Chateau Lacombe located in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Chateau Lacombe Hotel is an iconic landmark hotel offering spectacular panoramic views of the North Saskatchewan River valley and is walking distance Shaw Conference Centre, Arts District, shopping and nightlife.

Each morning we will hear from two world renowned keynote speakers and panels. These panels will dive deeper into the work that residents are doing to build community. The City of Edmonton is hosting the event and Tamarack will be the learning agenda host and will bring a deep understanding of co-generative learning to the space. This will include small and large group conversations and creative design features that include a learning wall, active twitter feeds, a neighbour market and much more. 

Lunch and three breaks are included in your conference fee and there will be plenty of time for walks or just sitting in a garden during breaks.

Each afternoon after our inspiring keynotes and panels, we will break out into workshops.  You will have the choice of getting onto buses for the afternoon and going on an experiential learning excursion where we will combine tours and lectures from speakers who actually do the work of ABCD daily. Or you can stay at the hotel each day and join one of our 20 workshops  that will be led by Thought Leaders and your peers.  

 

Masterclasses:

Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a four part Masterclass led by faculty from around the world - each with a certificate provided by the Tamarack Institute.

  • Masterclass – Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
    This four-class series will provide you first the fundamentals of ABCD to ensure your work is deeply grounded in the core principles. Next you will be able to explore key themes for the application of ABCD in your daily work and some of the techniques like asset mapping. A special feature of this masterclass will be a focus on neighbourhood building and revitalization.
  • Masterclass – Neighbourhood Revitalization
    This four-class series will provide you with some of the latest thinking and advanced techniques used to revitalize neighbourhoods. We will consider ways to grow social capital, revitalize economic well being, strengthening citizenship and caring. An asset approach will provide a unique lens for change-makers and you will learn some of the practical skills and techniques that will strengthen your leadership and ability to revitalize neighbourhoods.

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Pre-Event Learning:

Get a jump on your learning with these suggested resources:

 

BLOG | Eight Touchstones of Asset-Based Community Development

Cormac Russell discusses the eight touchstones to consider when community building.

 

BLOG | What Makes Your Neighbourhood Work an Asset-Based Community Development Process?

We found the answer in a recent article by John McKnight and Cormac Russell called Four Essential Elements of an Asset-Based Community Development Process 

 

ARTICLE | The Alchemy of Vulnerability and Care 

In this beautifully written story, Vickie Cammack explores the power of transmuting vulnerabilities into the potent force of caring.

 

ARTICLE | Five Keys to Broad and Inclusive Community Engagement

Building strong communities is not easy. In Bowling Alone, Robert Putnam documents the decline of community life in North America. He blames poverty, suburbanization, television, and more time spent at work.

 

WEBINAR | Caring Counts: A Celebration of Natural Caring

Caring shapes the world and it shapes us in return. Yet it is taken for granted and is largely invisible. Vickie Cammack and Al Etmanski launch their celebration of natural caring.

 

WEBINAR | Principles and Practices of Asset-Based Community Development

John McKnight and Cormac Russell will review the principles and practices of ABCD and discuss their latest paper on the four elements that make ABCD a distinctive process.

 

WEBINAR | Building Inclusive Communities

Jim will share some tips and stories about making our neighbourhoods places where everyone feels included and connected across the differences that tend to divide and isolate so many of us.

 

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Movie:

Join us for one of the first ever private screenings in Canada of the movie "The Great Disconnect". You will be able to say you met the director and saw one of the first screenings before its much anticipated public release later this year. This amazing movie about community and its importance to your wellbeing will prove to be a classic.

 

 


Agenda at a Glance

 

Day One

9:00am
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12:30pm
Welcome and Opening
Two keynotes and a panel
12:30pm
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1:30pm
Lunch and Networking
An opportunity to network while sharing a meal together
1:30pm
-
5:00pm
Masterclasses, Workshops and Experiential Tours
5:00pm
-
7:00pm
City Celebration

Day Two

9:00am
-
12:30pm
Reconvening the Learning
Two keynotes and a panel
12:30pm
-
1:30pm
Lunch
An opportunity to network while sharing a meal together
1:30pm
-
5:00pm
Masterclasses, Workshops and Experiential Tours
5:00pm
-
7:00pm
Neighbourhood Block Party
Movie, Music & Discussion

Day Three

9:00am
-
12:30pm
Reconvening the Learning
Two keynotes and a panel
12:30PM
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4:30PM
Experiential Tours
Opportunity for Masterclass participants to attend Experiential Tour.
Download Agenda At A Glance

 

Stay tuned as our agenda continues to evolve!