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Community Innovation 2021: Cultivating Capacity for Transformation

This learning event includes both a virtual workshop and group coaching

Two Dates are available: 

March Workshop | March 11, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm ET with coaching in April
April Workshop | April 13, 2021 from 1:00 – 4:30 pm ET with coaching in May

Discover how Community Innovation can accelerate your community’s capacity to transform.

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.

At Tamarack, Community Innovation is considered the most impactful of the 5 practices of community change. Community Innovation is a form of social innovation that is rooted in a place, a practice that focuses on inviting diverse stakeholders to think together differently; generate new insights about their shared issue, re-imagine new possibilities, and prototype new solutions.

Join Sylvia Cheuy for a new virtual workshop designed to provide you an opportunity to explore key theories, tools, and approaches in the practice of Community Innovation and equip you with the knowledge you need to ensure that innovation is intentionally incorporated into your community change efforts. Participants in this interactive learning session will deepen their understanding of what’s needed to create optimal conditions for community innovation to thrive and will be provided with opportunities to learn and apply an array of simple, yet powerful tools for making the practice of community innovation a reality.

Learners will walk away with ideas, tools and approaches that they can use themselves and with others to ensure that the practice of Community Innovation is one that is broadly adopted within organizations and collaboratives. Come prepared to share your experiences and insights as we learn together.

What will I learn?

At Tamarack, we consider Community Innovation the most critical of the 5 practices of community change, and yet it is a practice where greater capacity is required. In fact, in 2017, while more than 80% of non-profit leaders aspired to innovate, less than 40% believed they had the organizational capacity to do so.

Today, the urgency and need to cultivate your community’s capacity to innovate has never been greater. Responding effectively to the current realities of COVID-19, poverty, racial inequity, reconciliation and climate change, requires communities to discover new ways to create, think, and work together.

The practice of Community innovation focuses on building our capacity to think and create 'outside of the box' together to achieve ambitious results that transform – rather than simply improve – what is. It is the work of reimagining new possibilities and prototyping new solutions in ways that appreciate and leverage the unique strengths and opportunities of the place you call home. 

This virtual workshop is divided into three distinct parts:

A 1-hour individual pre-learning exercise(s) designed to help you reflect on your Community Innovation skills and capacities and how you hope to apply what you will be learning.

A 3.5-hour virtual workshop that introduces you to core ideas, principles and tools in the practice of Community Innovation and how they can be applied to strengthen your community change efforts

A one-hour coaching session with fellow-learners one month after the virtual workshop to further support and deepen your knowledge and practice of Community Innovation.

This workshop curriculum blends theory and stories with practical tools and take-aways to provide participants with a solid understanding of why and how the practice of Community Innovation is essential to the work of community change; and, provides them with a variety of strategies and tools they can intentionally use to encourage community innovation to flourish within their own priorities and projects.


















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This Workshop is for You If:

• You are a leader keen to nurture a culture of community innovation in your organization and/or collaborative

• You are a practitioner wanting to apply community innovation principles and practices within your organization and community

• You are a social innovator wanting to mentor and develop community innovation capacity in others

• You are a community change-maker who wants to intentionally embed the lens of community innovation into your planning and action

Your Learning Agenda

Highlights of the learning agenda include:

• Exploring the Practice of Community Innovation – What is Community Innovation and why is it essential to the work of community change?

• Principles of Community Innovation – Discover the principles and mindsets that foster a culture of Community Innovation

• Tools to Ignite Community Innovation – Learn about and apply multisolving, design thinking and other frameworks and tools that spark and unleash community innovation

• Community Innovation in Action – Learn from stories and examples of Community Innovation in action

• Small Group Coaching – Receive feedback and support in applying Community Innovation ideas and practices to your own community change efforts.

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"Embracing a ‘place-based’ rather than ‘issue-based’ approach enables the work of innovation to unfold within the boundaries of a particular geography and generates results that are context specific to that particular place.

Sylvia Cheuy, The Community Innovation Imperative


Sylvia Cheuy SquareSylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director with the Tamarack Institute’s Learning Centre. She has both practical knowledge and first-hand experience in Collective Impact and what it takes to engage and mobilize diverse sectors to work together to find innovative solutions to their toughest challenges and transform their community’s aspirational vision for the future into reality.

Prior to joining Tamarack, Sylvia was the founding Executive Director to Headwaters Communities in Action (HCIA), a grassroots citizen initiative that fosters collaborative leadership and action in support of a long-term vision of well-being for Ontario's Headwaters region. Her work with HCIA was published as a chapter entitled, A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being published in the Handbook of Community Well-Being Research. Sylvia completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.

Learn more about Sylvia


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

March Workshop: March 11, 1:00 - 4:30 Eastern via Zoom, with a choice to attend one of several coaching sessions in April

April Workshop: April 13, 1:00 - 4:30 Eastern via Zoom, with a choice to attend one of several coaching sessions in May

Registration is now open, and is limited to 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 | The Community Innovation Imperative

Paper | Changing How I think About Community Change

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


March 11, 2021

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April 13, 2021

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