Global Book Launch for
Breakthrough Community Change:
A Guide to Creating Common Agendas That Change Everything
by Paul Born

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2022 | 1:00‒2:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Liz Weaver, Danya Pastuszek, Paul Born and special guests to be announced


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Join veteran community organizer Paul Born with Tamarack Institute Co-CEOs Liz Weaver and Danya Pastuszek as they celebrate the launch of this new book, Breakthrough Community Change, and interview special guests who have experienced population-level change breakthroughs in their communities and beyond.

The Book

In his latest book, Paul Born has captured the Tamarack Approach for large-scale change. This approach has contributed to lowering cancer rates in Maine, improving mental health for young people in Florida, and reducing poverty rates in some Canadian cities by 50%.

Tamarack was recently recognized with the Schwab Foundation Collective Social Innovation Award, which highlights the practices written about in Breakthrough Community Change. In his book, Paul was able to capture how this approach catalyzes local communities and guides them to make significant progress on seemingly intractable community problems.

Tips for Success

Born and Tamarack have found that the secret to success is to organize and unite around a common agenda. This is not a list of topics, like a meeting agenda, nor is it a strategic plan; it is a process for bringing leaders from business, human service organizations, and government together with people who have a lived or living experience of a specific community problem.
A common agenda is a statement of shared aspirations, a map of the assets in the community, and a roadmap for how to work together to make those aspirations a reality.

Part I of this book describes how to identify your community’s readiness for change, form Leadership, Action, and Strategy Teams, create a common agenda, and establish plans for community engagement. Part II presents the approaches and skill sets needed to do the work described in Part I.

The Importance of Thinking Locally

Remarkably, enormous systemic problems like climate change, poverty, disease, racism, housing and many more issues can be best addressed at the local level. Communities can develop solutions tailored to their unique circumstances and can collaborate at a magnitude that can result in truly transformative impact. This book shows how it is done. 


What people are saying:

"Award-winning social entrepreneur Paul Born is one of the most creative anti-poverty leaders of his generation. Unwilling to surrender to a problem many consider intractable, he brings singular commitment and expertise to the fight. In Breakthrough Community Change, he shares those insights with organizations, equipping them to collaborate, change failing systems and achieve impact at scale."

– Melody C. Barnes, Chair, Aspen Forum for Community Solutions; Executive Director, Karsh Institute of Democracy at the University of Virginia; and former director of the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Administration of President Barack Obama.

"Paul Born, the [former] head of the institute, emphasizes that the crucial thing these community-wide collective impact structures do is change attitudes. In the beginning, it’s as if everybody is swimming in polluted water. People are sluggish, fearful, isolated, looking out only for themselves. But when people start working together across sectors around a common agenda, it’s like cleaning the water.”

– David Brooks, from his article "Winning the War on Poverty" in The New York Times 




Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute, where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre focused on advancing community change leadership.

The Tamarack Learning Centre promotes five strategic interconnected practices including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact.

Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum. Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues.


Danya-Pastuszek-square-1Danya Pastuszek, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute
Danya Pastuszek (she/her) grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. Her family offered reflections that deeply shape her work: love who you are, keep learning, be kind and empathetic and notice the small joys that surround us. Her early career was spent in New York City, first at the International Rescue Committee, where she worked with resettling refugees, and then at The HOPE Program, working with criminal justice–involved individuals looking to find work or advance in their careers.

In 2012, she moved to Utah and began a decade-long career at United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL), which is solely focused on facilitating partnerships designed to support economic mobility. She had opportunities to support school, neighborhood and regional partnerships and to build data strategies that center people’s experiences and reflect the transformations that systems must make.

Beginning in 2015, when she moved with her family to Renfrew County, Ontario, she did this work remotely. She left her position as Chief Operating Officer at UWSL in February 2022 to join Tamarack.


Paul Born

Paul Born, Co-founder, Tamarack Institute

Belief in the power of community is at the heart of Paul’s life and work. He brings the joy of belonging to all that he does. Paul is the author of five books including two best sellers (Deepening Community and Community Conversations). Paul was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2019.

Paul is the co-founder of the Tamarack Institute and spent 20 years as its CEO/co-CEO. He has a deep passion for community and its capacity as a driving force for large-scale change.  His experience working with communities across the globe has affirmed his belief what the power of community along with tremendous knowledge about how to practically support communities to translate their hoped-for possibility into tangible realities 



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