One-Day Workshop

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Deepening Community for Collective Impact

September 27, 2018 | Sarnia, ON

To deepen community is to find opportunities for ongoing connection. Community is not something some people have and others do not. We all have community in our lives. As living organisms, we gravitate toward one another. Something deep inside us knows that together we are more. To deepen community is to find joy together.

When we develop deep community, we can overcome our loneliness and challenge our fear; we can come together to make sense of the destruction around us; we can reach out together and actually do something about it. When we develop deep community we can move toward Collective Impact.

In this one day workshop learn how to engage and deepen your community in order to build a common agenda for large scale change. Paul Born will share not only the fundamental principles of Collective Impact, he will provide key insights as one of North America’s top Community Engagement leaders on how Deepening Community can sustain us as leaders and produce the outcomes we so desire. He will move these insights into practical tools for hosting large-scale conversations in your community - conversations that truly engage people toward a common agenda and a collective impact.

 Learn to:

  • Reconnect with your love for your community and discover its importance for social transformation

  • Understand the four key acts that deepen community: Sharing our story, Enjoying one another by spending time together, Caring for one another, and Working together to build a better world

  • Deepen community in the lives of your clients and strengthen their engagement in social change

  • Understand the five key elements of Collective Impact: Common Agenda, Shared Measurement, Mutually Reinforcing Activities, Continuous Communication, and The Backbone Role

  • Create a large scale common agenda and form multi-sector leadership teams for your collaborative efforts

  • Harness the latest techniques for community engagement

  • Involve those who will benefit most from the change you hope to see 

"Community has the power to change everything. No amount of innovation, individual brilliance, or money can transform our broken society as effectively and sustainably as building community. Deepening Community provides useful and inspiring guidance for leaders everywhere who seek to create better outcomes in their work."


John Kania, FSG and co-founder of the Collective Impact movement worldwide

Deepening Community

Community shapes our identity, quenches our thirst for belonging, and bolsters our physical, mental, emotional, and economic health. But in the chaos of modern life, community ties have become unraveled, leaving many feeling afraid or alone in the crowd, grasping at shallow substitutes for true community.

In this thoughtful and moving book, Paul Born describes the four pillars of deep community: sharing our stories, taking the time to enjoy one another, taking care of one another, and working together for a better world. To show the role each of these plays, he shares his own stories - as a child of refugees and as a longtime community activist.

It's up to us to create community. Born shows that the opportunity is right in front of us if we have the courage and conviction to pursue it.

Learn more about the Deepening Community book.

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Paul Born

Paul Born grew up as the son of Mennonite refugees. This is what has made him deeply curious about and engaged in ideas that cause people to work together for the common good.

Paul is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and the Founder and Director of Vibrant Communities. He is the author of four books, including two Canadian best sellers. Paul is a global faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) and a senior fellow of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social innovators.

“For many years now, Paul Born has been among the most trusted, tender, and practical voices about how to create community.” -  Margaret J. Wheatley, author Leadership and the New Science

“Paul Born doesn’t just study community; he lives it. In Deepening Community, he shares practical advice on how to reweave the social fabric that we have neglected for too long.” - Jim Diers, author of Neighbor Power

“I listen to Paul Born when I want to know how people get together for the common good. He is a master practitioner and storyteller.” - John McKnight founder, ABCD

Learn more about Paul


Sarnia, ON

September 27, 2018

Dante Club | 330 London Road | Sarnia, ON

Parking is available at no cost. 


Registration for both events will open at 8:30 and a light snack will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00 am and runs until 4:00 pm, with lunch and snacks provided.



Recognizing that our collective impact is greater when we lead together, Tamarack has developed a payment structure that offers subsidies to groups of colleagues who attend together.

The registration rates (in Canadian dollars) are as follows:

$100 per person for five colleagues from the same collaborative attending together

$125 per person for two people from the same collaborative attending together

$149 for single registration

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. You'll receive one of Paul's Canadian best-selling books - Deepening Community: Finding Joy Together in Chaotic Times. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.

Registration is now closed.

Deepening Community for Collective Impact with Paul Born

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