Co-Design: Facilitating Community-Led Innovation


Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, and 20 | 4-Part Virtual Workshop

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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? 

Join us for this new virtual workshop series to prepare you to host and lead creative and collaborative Community Innovation sessions. 

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.

This workshop is for you if:

  • 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 




Workshop Pre Learning


Four Virtual Workshop Sessions

1-Hour Individual Pre-Learning 

Prior to Attending Workshop

  • A 1-hour individual pre-learning exercise designed to help you reflect on the topics which will be addressed during the workshop sessions. 

Four 3.5-Hour Virtual Workshops

Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, and 20 | 1:00pm - 4:30pm ET

  • 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 various methods for each stage of the co-design process and helping you to select the right method based on your goals.

  • Bringing it all together– Designing your next engagement.



Coaching Session

1-Hour Coaching Session with Fellow-Learners

One Month Post-Workshop

  • Deepen your understanding of the workshop content
  • Personalized feedback for your co-design initiative.

What Will You Learn?

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 workshop series will include: 

  • A step-by-step approach to designing inclusive collaborative gatherings that meet the needs of your community

  • An exploration of best practices in community engagement and innovation

  • A set of principles and techniques to guide facilitation and help troubleshoot tough situations.

  • The use of interactive exercises, case studies, and real-world vignettes to make ideas and methods concrete.

By the end of this series you will be able to:

  • Confidently design an engaging co-design process based on your community context

  • Navigate session conflicts successfully and respectfully

  • Effectively facilitate co-design sessions

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 and build together.


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Group Registration


CEP, CDC & CBYF Member Registration



Registration for this session is now open and limited to 70 learners to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance and after the event, all participants will receive an email to register for a follow-up coaching session one month after the event.


Registration includes pre-workshop learning, four (4) 3.5 hour virtual workshops, a one-hour small group coaching session with participants. It also includes membership into the Tamarack Institutes Learning community.

Post-workshop, participants will be invited to register for a post-event coaching session. At this interactive session, small groups of workshop participants will be encouraged to share their emerging questions and receive further support in translating the workshop’s learning into action.


Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Isaac to learn more about how you can bring a custom version of this workshop to your organization or collaborative.


The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

Please contact Duncan if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Meet Your Workshop Facilitators


Lisa Attygalle

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.Learn more about Lisa


Sonja Headshot SquareSonja Miokovic

Sonja is the Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institutes’s Community Innovation Area. She is a dynamic educator, social scientist, and innovator with over 16 years of experience in the sector. Having lived, worked, and played in over 80 countries, she has a broad spectrum of international experience that cuts across the public, private and civil society sectors.

Sonja is a long-standing advocate for community-led innovation and development. Known for bringing larger-than-life initiatives into being, Sonja thrives on building meaningful relationships and connecting the dots in innovative ways.

Learn more about Sonja