Community Change Festival 
 
Be The Changemaker


Vancouver, Canada | Sept 30 - Oct 3

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Festival Learning Agenda

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The Community Change Festival will be an intensive learning experience. It will give you the space to immerse yourself for three and a half days in the theory, practice, and experiential learning that we are seeing evolve across the community change landscape in Canada. 

The conversation is no longer around a new approach to facing complex problems. People all across the country have learned from the past and have adopted new and innovative ways of working to address systems-level challenges. The conversation now is do you have the skills and competencies to achieve success working in this way?

We hope that through our time together - through our amazing faculty and guest contributors, a deep dive into our five Interconnnected Practices, practical tool sessions, immersive city tours, daily inspiration and artistic showcases - that you will go back to your work equipped with the knowledge, perspective-shifts and practical tools that you need to face the challenges of today. 

 



 More Details About the agenda

 

What is a Skills Session?

Want to deepen your practice as a community changemaker? Led by our expert facilitators, our Skills Sessions are workshops that will provide you with the theory, tools, and practices to help you enhance your Five Interconnected Practices for community change. Skills Sessions will be running on the first three days of the festival – come ready to build your toolbox! 

Learn more about our skills sessions below.

Skills Session 1 | Monday | Building Your Planning Canvas 


Choose one of the following sessions:

Collaborative Leadership 

Transformative community change requires skilled changemakers.  It’s not just about one leadership pathway but rather engaging with multiple ways of understanding leadership and determining how to adapt your leadership style and skills to the current context.  It’s also about engaging other leaders in your network and inviting them to step forward.  This action builds a shared ownership approach to community change.   

Session goals:   

  • Understand the multiple faces of leadership  
  • Assess your collaborative leadership strengths  
  • Develop a path for leveraging your collaborative leadership strengths  
  • Learn about the adaptive leadership approach and how to leverage change  

 

Community Engagement 

Why engage? It’s a simple question, but one that most people don’t spend enough time exploring.  Too often we engage ‘because we’re supposed to’ rather than ‘because we absolutely need to’. In this skills session we will challenge the status quo and push our thinking beyond our comfort zone. 

Session goals: 

  • Assess your comfort as a changemaker in deeply engaging communities  
  • Learn the 7 foundations for authentic engagement 
  • Critically evaluate why you’re engaging and challenge yourself to go deeper 
  • Flip your perspective to understand your work from the community member’s point of view 
  • Use the Community Engagement Planning Canvas to hold you accountable 

Collective Impact 

Since 2011, Collective Impact has grown into a world-wide field of practice.  Skilled changemakers need to know what situations ARE and ARE NOT well-suited to Collective Impact.  Equally important is the ability to assess whether there is adequate readiness to launch a Collective Impact initiative and how it can be cultivated.  In this skills session we will discern the right situations and critical success factors needed to launch, and sustain, a successful Collective Impact effort. 

Session goals: 

  • Determine whether Collective Impact is the right approach for what you are hoping to achieve 
  • Assess and cultivate the readiness for your CI initiative to thrive  
  • Explore common “stumbles” that can limit the effectiveness of your CI Initiative  
  • Discover factors common to successful Collective Impact Initiatives 
     

Evaluating Impact What makes evaluation meaningful to my social change work? 

We often ask ourselves this question, but often don’t have the time to answer it. This skills session will provide a space for you to better understand different ways of ‘valuing’ the evaluation experience by examining a variety of evaluation methodologies that can help you respond to your individual contexts of change. 

Session Goals: 

  • Explore evaluation themes – including but not limited to gender-responsive evaluation, indigenous evaluation, and complexity evaluation methodologies 
  • Assess how drawing from these methodologies  can make your evaluation(s) more meaningful 
  • Critically reflect on which methodologies are best suited to your needs, and the needs of the community 
  • Use the Evaluation Planning Canvas to help transfer your learning back into your work, the work of your organization and/or community

 

Community Innovation Three Big Ideas: Empathy, Ideation, Experimentation

Learn how design-based methods are shaping the work of community change, and how you can use these methods to build, test, and scale new approaches. This workshop will focus on hands-on, practical tools and approaches that you can use right away

Session Goals:

  • Understand the basic principles behind design-based methods for community innovation
  • Understand where, when, and why these methods are appropriate
  • Learn how to use these methods in practice
  • Have the opportunity to tailor these tools to your own needs through practice

 

Skills Session 2 | Tuesday | Innovative Stories & Case Studies


Choose one of the following sessions:

 

Collaborative Leadership 

We are all on a collaborative leadership journey.  Listen to the stories of community change practitioners who have struggled and have overcome challenges and continue to deepen their commitment to community change.  Dr. Tom Klaus, Tenacious Change and Lindsay Daniller, Daniller Associates will share their stories of collaborative leadership – the good, the bad and the challenging.   

Session goals:   

  • Be inspired by seasoned leaders who have navigated collaborative leadership opportunities and challenges  
  • Share your own reflections about collaborative leadership and leadership choices  
  • Collaboratively build a framework for leadership for collaborative and community leadership   

 

Community Engagement 

What would it take for your engagement to be truly personal, accessible and centred around connection? Explore the role of humour, informal language and vulnerability through stories and exercises, and brainstorm the possibilities for your authentic engagement. 

Session goals: 

  • Inspire with examples of engaging communications that are out of the ordinary 
  • Explore vulnerability and why we need more of it in our society 
  • Assess how approachable your current engagement activities are and plan what you’ll do to reduce the barriers 
  • Consider accessibility in all its form and brainstorm solutions 
  • Engage in an exercise to embark on ‘something crazy and wonderful’ 

 

Collective Impact 

What does it take to create a Collective Impact initiative that acts as a catalyst and container for a grassroots movement for change?  Discover how Collective Impact initiatives can create shared innovation spaces that generate change that no single sector or group could have achieved alone.  Explore the opportunities and challenges of learning to work differently together.  

Session goals: 

  • Be inspired by stories that profile the highs and lows of Collective Impact in action  
  • Discover the opportunities that CI creates to work differently; the challenges this can generate; and, what can be done to mitigate these risks 
  • Learn how the work of CI evolves across 5 phases and determine what you’ll need to focus on next 
  • Share lessons and resources from your own work in Collective Impact work 
     

Evaluating Impact | Holding a party down at the river: Creating a more participatory evaluation practice. 

Evaluation practice can have a transformative effect on the participants involved, producing change simply by engaging people in a critical inquiry-based, reflective evaluation process. This session facilitates thinking around how to engage all stakeholders in an evaluative learning process using participatory methods for data collection and reporting. (this can be a continuation of learning from Skills Session 1).
 

Session Goals: 

  • Explore some evaluation concepts (e.g., inquiry-based, reflective/reflexive thinking, transformative learning in an evaluation process) 
  • Reflect on how you might use evaluation to transform the knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes of stakeholder participating in your evaluation process 
  • Use the Evaluation Planning Canvas to help transfer your learning back into your work, the work of your organization and/or the community 

 

Community Innovation 

Who is making good use of innovation techniques in the community change world? What can we learn from their successes and failures? This session will focus on a few key case studies that will help us understand how to choose design methods and ideas that work for our specific contexts, and how to honour the agency and identities of our communities in the process.

Session Goals:  

  • Identify how others are using innovation and design methods to move their community change agenda forward
  • Build a process for discerning which methods would be appropriate for our own communities
  • Learn from the success and failures of others in the field

 

Skills Session 3 | Wednesday |Methods to put Theory into Practice


Choose one of the following sessions:

 

Collaborative Leadership 

Stepping into collaborative leadership is about building trust and relationships.  This workshop session will provide participants with practical skills and tools to put their leadership into practice.  This fast- paced session will explore trust, leadership and the contract we make with community when we chose to lead.   

Session Goals:   

  • Explore practical strategies for building trust and meaningful relationships  
  • Develop a leadership contract which will build your path forward  
  • Engage in the dark side of collaborative leadership – learn how to deal with turf issues and disappointment  

 

Community Engagement 

Deep dive into two methods for deep collaborative engagement where communities are involved in codesigning the solution. Explore the role of the community from being the recipient of programs and services to having ownership and investment in the things that matter most to them. 

Session goals: 

  • Understand the decision-making process for how to engage the community in codesign 
  • Explore codesign methodologies through examples and tools 
  • Learn how to link deep engagement processes together with consultative processes 
  • Engage in an open discussion about what works and what doesn’t 

 

Collective Impact 

Explore – and apply – useful tools and frameworks designed to engage diverse perspectives in thinking together that can be used to help translate the theory of Collective Impact into action.  Discover the essential role that data, dialogue and shared learning play in building the necessary trust and mutual understanding needed for your Collective Impact effort to flourish. 

Session goals: 

  • Consider the importance of trust and discover tools and practices to nurture and sustain it 
  • Discover the importance of embracing a systems lens and learn simple tools to foster this view 
  • Learn about and share resources to continue to build your CI Implementation Toolkit 
     

Evaluating Impact | Appropriating education evaluation theory to community change work

To what extent can theoretical models for educational evaluation be applied in practice to help us track continuous improvement of innovative community initiatives? The purpose of this session is to better understand how adopting reflective educational evaluation’s cycle of continuous improvement leads to behavioral changes in your work, the work of your organization and to long-term community change. 
 

Session Goals: 

  • Explore the theory behind a cycle of continuous improvement 
  • Reflect and assess how drawing from this theory can make your work more meaningful 
  • Use the Evaluation Planning Canvas to help transfer your learning back into your work, the work of your organization and/or community 

 

Community Innovation 

What are your toughest challenges in inspiring, championing, and supporting new approaches? Bring your questions about how to effectively facilitate the process of Community Innovation so that we can work together to support your work and learn from our collective experiences.

Session Goals:  

  • Identify potential pathways to scaling community innovation
  • Build a moment for change
  • Build a Community Innovation peer learning network

 

Tell me more about the Advanced Learning Stream

 

Our advanced learning stream is designed for experienced community changemakers who are working in systems change. These sessions will be facilitated by a rotating cast of experienced facultyThe workshops are designed to engage senior leaders in each of the five interconnected practices essential for moving the needle on complex systems. 

The advanced learning series will be limited enrolment so sign up early to reserve your spot. 

More information on the advanced learning stream will be released soon. 

 

George Aye Circle

Tell me more about the Keynote by George Aye
The Future of Community Change: Overcoming Power and Privilege


As a community changemaker, have you ever stopped to wonder where the power lies in your project? What are you trying to achieve, and for whom? How does your place of power (as a creator and an individual) hinder your ability to relate to those you are trying to help? We often use power unknowingly in the work of change. But, when we recognize the influence of our training, politics, access, and privilege we allow ourselves to understand our clients, communities, and abilities more deeply. During this intimate conversation, George Aye of Greater Good Studio will help us understand the mechanics of power and how to wield it with care as we move forward in our community change efforts.