Vancouver, Canada | Sept 30 - Oct 3
The Community Change Festival is more than a day-of experience. We're compiling all of the pre-festival resources, skills session slides, and other tools and readings for you to take home to your colleagues and networks. We'll be adding to this list over the next few weeks, so if you don't see something you're looking for, be sure to check back!
The Collective Impact framework contains five core conditions including the development of a common agenda; using shared measurement to understand progress; building on mutually reinforcing activities; engaging in continuous communications and providing a backbone to move the work forward.
The Collective Impact idea provides a useful framework for community change and is situated within the broad frame of collaborative efforts focused on systems and policy change.
Community Engagement is the process by which citizens are engaged to work and learn together on behalf of their communities to create and realize bold visions for the future. Community Engagement can involve informing citizens about your initiative, inviting their input, collaborating with them to generate solutions, and partnering with the community from the beginning to tackle community issues.
The premise of collaborative leadership says: If you bring the appropriate people together in constructive ways with good information, they will create authentic visions and strategies for addressing the shared concerns of the organization and community.
As an individual or organizational changemaker, we are often better at deploying program-based or focused strategies to solve simple problems than we are at shifting the systems which are holding the problem in place. Achieving deeper and more robust systems change, especially within communities, requires a new set of skills and mindsets that results in a different way of approaching and working through change.
This paper describes three elements that every changemaker needs when approaching complex challenges - a mindset shift, an agile and adaptable approach, and knowledge and skills in each of the five interconnected practice areas.
Community Innovation is simply: change, for good, with and within a community. How we shepherd and achieve positive change is a decidedly more complex task, and at the Tamarack Institute we hope to equip changemakers at all levels to engage in and support Community Innovation
Over the last twenty years people interested in building strong communities have been making an important shift. Eager to “move the needle” on our quality of life issues, they are experimenting with new ways to create mutually reinforcing community-wide strategies that yield big changes as opposed to hoping that the individual efforts of organizations and services end up being more than the sum of their parts. This new approach to community change requires a different way to evaluate.
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 faculty. The workshops are designed to engage senior leaders in each of the five interconnected practices essential for moving the needle on complex systems.
Co-Founder, Greater Good Studio