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Collaborative Innovation: Leading Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

 Toronto, ON | January 29, 2020

This single-day introductory workshop is designed to build your capacity to lead multi-stakeholder collaboration to help groups Connect, Align, Learn, and Make what they need to advance their work effectively. 

Collaborative Innovation: Leading Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration is designed for changemakers, leaders, facilitators, collective impact backbone staff, and consultants that are working on vexing problems that can only be addressed using a collaborative approach. We’ll introduce the key elements of Collaborative Innovation--a process model and an integrated set of concrete tools to effectively lead powerful change with multi-stakeholder, multi-sector collaborations. 

This workshop will be a spicy, engaging, and (relatively) brief introduction focused on the “four agendas” of collaborative innovation that build momentum, accountability, and real meaningful change: 

  • Connecting: How to build trusting connections across the many boundaries between people 
  • Aligning: How to align around a clear and deeply shared intent for your work together 
  • Learning: How to understand the larger system and the human experience within it 
  • Making: How to build and test tangible solutions and bring them to scale  

You will leave with a workshop manual, accompanying materials, and a trove of useful tools.  

Learning Objectives

You will leave this workshop with increased competence in:

1) Working more confidently at the highest levels of stakeholder engagement: Collaboration and Co-creation;

2) Advancing the Four Agendas in Collaborative Innovation: Aligning, Connecting, Learning, and Making;

3) Aligning diverse interests around a powerful shared intent;

4) Helping stakeholders develop both a systemic understanding of the challenge and an empathetic view into the human experience within that system; and

5) Developing a powerful set of ideas, building them into working prototypes and testing them in the real world


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About CoCreative

We help people who don't know each other, and often don't even like each other, change complex systems together. We work across a range of issues and sectors to develop powerful solutions to social and environmental challenges using creative, design-driven engagements.

Learn more about CoCreative


Russ Gaskin, Co-Creative ConsultingRuss Photo

Russ’s unique strength is creating the conditions and frameworks that support efficient and meaningful collaboration across deep sectoral and cultural boundaries. 

Russ also builds the capacities of others to lead effective collaboration by speaking and teaching around the world on changing complex systems, human-centered design, and leveraging conflict and diversity as sources of strategic innovation. In his guest faculty role, he has taught workshops and graduate courses on leading social innovation, designing collective impact initiatives, polarity thinking, and creating shared value. 

Prior to launching CoCreative, Russ served as the chief business officer of Green America, a national leader in leveraging economic strategies to advance social equity and environmental sustainability; served as managing director of US SIF, the trade association for financial firms and institutional investors doing impact investing; and founded the Green Business Network, the first network of triple-bottom-line businesses in the U.S. 

Russ has served on numerous leadership and advisory boards. He currently serves as a Senior Fellow for the Green America Center for Sustainability Solutions and on the Expert Panel on Social Innovation & Design at the UN Development Program. He has also served on the Leadership Board of the National Education Association, the Good Housekeeping Green Seal of Approval Advisory Board, and the eBay World of Good Advisory Board. 


image004Heather Equinoss, Co-Creative Consulting

Heather provides process design, facilitation, and training to our client partners around challenges from homelessness to racial equity to non-profit capacity building. 

Heather brings 20 years of meeting design, graphic facilitation, project management and community engagement experience in public, non-profit, private, and community settings. She finds purpose in supporting people and organizations to bring about the positive change they envision in their communities and the world we share. 

Heather’s a visual thinking strategist with a specialty in using visual notetaking tools to inspire people’s innate creativity, capture a group’s wisdom, focus their work, and build alignment around complex change initiatives.  


Sylvia Cheuy SquareSylvia Cheuy, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area and also supports Tamarack’s Community Engagement Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change. Sylvia is an internationally recognized community-builder and trainer.  Over the past five years, much of Sylvia’s work has focused on building awareness and capacity in the areas of Collective Impact and Community Engagement throughout North America.


Toronto, ON - January 29, 2020

The workshop will take place at Ryerson Student Centre in the Tecumseh Auditorium located at 63 Gould St, Toronto, ON M5B 1E9.



Registration will open at 8:30am where coffee and tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.

Bring this workshop to you!

Can’t attend the workshop in Winnipeg, but love the content? Get in touch with Stephanie about bringing this workshop to your hometown. 


$279 for single registration

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.


Galen has written and presented extensively about Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking, and community change. To get a taste of what’s in store during this full-day workshop, check out the following resources:

PAPER | Creating Fertile Soil: Catalyzing Community Innovation

PAPER | An Overview of Community Innovation Trends Part 1: Design-Based Approaches

ARTICLE | The Power of Prototyping


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Toronto, ON | January 29, 2020

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