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Prototyping for Community Change

 Guelph, ON | November 30

This workshop will  help participants build plans for how they can start prototyping their ideas, and how to scale up prototypes for broader impact.

How can you build buy-in for a vision for community change, help a stalled effort get un-stuck, and test ideas before making costly and risky investment in new programs and services? The intentional practice of prototyping – testing conceptual ideas by making them real ­­– is a core part of effective community change.  But how can you prototype quickly and effectively? What makes a ‘good’ prototype? What types of models and best practices are out there to help streamline your efforts?

In this full-day, interactive and engaging workshop, Galen MacLusky, Tamarack’s Director of Community Innovation will share how communities and organizations are using the practice of prototyping to advance their work, practical examples of forms of prototyping that suit common challenges, and help participants build plans for how they can start prototyping their ideas. We will also explore pathways to move from prototypes to large-scale impact and how prototypes can be scaled up for broad impact.

What Will I Learn?

Through a mix of engaging presentations, peer learning, and interactive exercises, you will learn:

The value of prototyping: We will provide case studies and examples of how communities and organizations have used prototypes to get to impact.

Types of prototypes that you can use: We will dive deep into specific types of prototyping, what makes the effective, and how you can draw upon them to address your specific needs.

How prototypes can catalyze community efforts and systems change: We will provide tools and techniques for building upon the results of your prototypes to scale impact and build upon what works.

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is designed for people who are seeking how to work with communities to create social change. It is for anyone in the private, public, or voluntary sectors who:

Leads or manages programs (including their development and ongoing implementation), organizations, or community engagement activities

Is interested in driving community change or a social good

Is seeking new approaches to addressing social challenges




If there is a challenge you’ve been fixated on in your community, or a change that you would like to see, ask yourself: what can I do with my assets to build and test the essence of that change?



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Galen MacLusky

Galen is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide. Galen is an experienced human-centred design coach and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.

Learn more about Galen 


Guelph, ON - November 30, 2018 

10 Carden - 42 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A2  


Registration will open at 8:30am where coffee and tea will be served. The workshop begins at 9:00am and runs until 4:00pm, with lunch and snacks provided.

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$259 for single registration

The registration rate includes a full day workshop, practical exercises and a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community. Also enjoy a great lunch and fellowship with amazing community and civic leaders.


Galen has written and presented extensively about Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking, and community change. To get a taste of what’s in store during this full-day workshop, check out the following resources:

WEBINAR | Human-Centred Design, Design Thinking, and Community Change

PAPER | An Overview of Community Innovation Trends Part 1: Design-Based Approaches

ARTICLE | The Power of Prototyping


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