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Community Engagement 2021

This learning event includes both a virtual workshop and group coaching

Two Dates are available: 

January Workshop | January 19, 2021 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm EST, with coaching in February - SOLD OUT

February Workshop | February 9 from 1:00 - 4:30 pm EST, with coaching in March - Join the waitlist 

In this virtual workshop we will delve into what community engagement looks like in 2021, and consider how the landscape is changing and evolving. We invite you to explore with us the movement towards community-led approaches to change, to challenge traditional mindsets, to integrate authentic engagement processes into all facets of your work, to understand the role communications needs to play, and how to adapt your engagement strategies for a changing world.

Tamarack values small group interaction and workshop environments. We are intentionally limiting each virtual workshop to 50-60 participants to ensure that you can maximize your learning and connection.

Community Engagement practices are evolving to respond to communities becoming more sophisticated and wanting more. Our communications and engagement events are now virtual. We have information overload yet a desire to be informed. In many ways, the fragmentation and polarization we’re seeing in our communities impacts our decision-making structures and our willingness to engage in dialogue.This is an opportunity for all of us. Community engagement has a role to play in fostering connection, bringing diverse perspectives together to seek understanding, build relationships, and demonstrate what fair and inclusive processes can look like.

This workshop is designed for anyone involved in community engagement—whether it be with internal or external stakeholders, partnering organizations, collaborations, or the community at large. We will take stock of our current practices and provide an opportunity to consider your role in bringing community voice into the systems that impact them.

Participants in the workshop will walk away with ideas, tools and approaches to effectively engage community members. Come prepared to share your experiences and insights as we learn together.

What will I learn?

This virtual workshop is divided into three distinct parts: 

Includes a 1-hour pre-learning and self-reflection component where you will be asked to reflect on your current engagement practices.


Spend the 3.5-hour virtual workshop with Lisa and Pamela,  which will focus on community engagement in 2021—what it looks like, where the field is going, and how to adapt your strategies to a changing world.

Spend the virtual workshop session with Lisa and Pamela and experience: 

Understand the Spectrum of Community-Led approaches to change: Build your skillset in empowering the community to lead by finding your organization’s or collaboration’s place in supporting community-led initiatives. Discover strategies for bringing in diverse perspectives, sharing power, and cultivating community leadership.

Challenge fear, and embrace authenticity and transparency: What’s holding you back from engaging the way you want? What are the ways to convert challenging community engagement scenarios where practitioners are commonly held back by fear, into stretch opportunities that allow all parties to come together and learn? We’ll explore when and how inauthentic engagement shows up and discuss strategies for addressing fear and building cultures of engagement.

Adapt your engagement strategies: Most of us are experiencing realities where the old way of doing things is no longer possible. How do we engage our communities when we can’t gather? How can we pivot our existing plans to virtual spaces? How can we be creative and do things differently? Together we will think through how to adapt and create engagement strategies to suit our current times.


Includes a 1-hour group coaching session one month after the virtual workshop to get feedback on how you’re adapting your engagement strategies.

The workshop package will be filled with both content, practical tools and take-aways that participants will be able to use in their collaborative efforts or in their workplaces.







Join the February Waitlist

"Taking time to build relationships and capacity, taking a learning approach that enables plans and processes to evolve, patiently waiting for solutions to emerge, etc., can make Community-Led approaches slower and seem more difficult, messier and/or harder to schedule and predict. These processes, however, are exactly what makes them so effective in ensuring community ownership and sustainability.

Lisa Attygalle, Understanding Community-Led Approaches to Community Change


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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.

Lisa comes to this work from the private sector where she worked at one of Canada's leading communications firms with clients in agribusiness, healthcare, financial services and technology. Lisa brings private sector knowledge to public sector work. Hailing from Australia, Lisa also worked on major water infrastructure projects as the liaison between municipal government, engineering and the community.

Learn more about Lisa

Pamela headshot updated (1)Pamela Teitelbaum

Pamela is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Evaluating Impact Practice Area. She is passionate about supporting and facilitating an interplay of learning and evaluation that creates transformative experiences aimed at developing healthy, equitable, gender-responsive and rights-based communities.

Pamela believes that increasing access and awareness about evaluation strategies, methodologies and processes leads to more critical, collaborative and long-term community change. By increasing capacity of communities to engage in and employ strategically-designed evaluation and learning practices, more possibilities are created for stakeholders and beneficiaries to experience the value of community changes and how they lead to effective, efficient and impactful outcomes.

Learn more about Pamela


Pre-Workshop Learning: Registrants will receive and complete prior to the workshop

February Workshop: February 9, 1:00 - 4:30 Eastern via Zoom, with a choice to attend one of several coaching sessions in March

Join the Waitlist

Registration is now open, and is limited to 50-60 learners.  Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package ahead of the workshop. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance.  Post-workshop, we'll hold a one hour coaching session with small groups.  


Registration Price: $199 for single registration

Groups of 3 are eligible for a discounted price of $159 per person. 

Cities Reducing Poverty, Cities Deepening Community, and Communities Building Youth Futures members are eligible for a reduced price of $159 per person. Contact Duncan for more information.

The registration rate includes the pre-workshop package, the 3.5 hour virtual workshop and a one hour post-workshop small group coaching session. It also includes a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.

If you are in need of assistance with your registration or have any questions, contact Duncan. 


Get a jump on your learning with these suggested resources:

Paper | Understanding Community-Led Approaches to Change

Paper | Creating the Culture for Engagement

Completing the pre-workshop learning and assessment package sent to all registrants 

Sold Out - Join the Waitlist

February 9, 2020 

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For questions regarding this event, reach out to Duncan.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Mikayla.