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Turf, Trust and Virtual Collaboration:  Practical Tools for Building Trust

This learning event includes both a virtual workshop on June 22nd, and group coaching on July 20th and 21st.

This virtual workshop will provide participants with simple, practical tools and approaches to building trust. Participants will be able to bring these tools back into their collaborative efforts and renew engagement and shared ownership. The workshop will focus on virtual collaboration and connection.

Tamarack values small group interaction and workshop environments.  We are intentionally limiting this virtual workshop to 40 participants to ensure that you can maximize your learning and connection. 

In August 2017, the Tamarack Institute’s Liz Weaver published a paper called Turf, Trust, Co-Creation and Collective Impact.  This ground-breaking paper explores the interconnected relationship between the act of building trust and collaborative success and impact. 

"Authentic community change moves at the speed of trust. And yet, we spend so little time and focus on intentionally building trust amongst partners."

Increasingly, communities are using collaboration to tackle some of their most complex issues. We often dive into collaboration without truly understanding or embracing the human side of this work. This is even more challenging in a virtual environment. We focus more on the output or outcome rather than the process which is to the detriment of all of us. In managing complexity, we know that we must bring different voices and experiences to the table. How can we do this effectively when we don’t build practices which engage others and build trust?

This interactive virtual workshop focuses on the core leadership competency of trust building. Collaborative success requires the engagement and commitment of partners to the common cause. Lack of trust can take collaborative efforts off track. But little attention is payed to actions which build trust, create connections and deal with mistrust. Participants in the workshop will walk away with ideas, tools and approaches to effectively engage diverse community partners and intentionally build trusting relationships and collaborative impact. Come prepared to share your experiences and insights in how to build trust.

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 assess your trust-building skill set.

Includes a 3.5 hour virtual workshop which will focus on managing turf, building trust and repairing relationships when trust breaks down.

Includes one hour coaching session one month after the virtual workshop to deepen your trust building skill set.

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

Spend the virtual workshop session with Liz and experience:

Building Engagement and Ownership through The Four Agendas: Our partners at Co-Creative Consulting have developed a useful way of building agendas differently. Learn how to build an agenda that builds trust and engagement.

Befriending your Nemesis: Working with Friends, Allies and Enemies – This practical tool helps participants reframe the perceived negative qualities of individuals who challenge you. 

Deepening Engagement through Simple Processes: Check in and Check Outs; Why is it important that I am here?; Personal Assets Inventory – participants will experience quick and useful techniques designed to bridge differences and build ownership. 

Building commitment through a shared story: The Journey Map is a useful tool to document progress and build a shared path forward.

Rebuilding trust when it breaks down: Develop strategies for rebuilding trust.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: The Leadership Self-Assessment Tool identifies six core competencies that all leaders should have including building trust. Workshop participants will focus on the trust competency and identify their strengths and challenges in this area.

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"The City of Prince George sponsored the Turf, Trust, and Collaboration workshop to recognize, and further build, the capacity of multi-sectoral agencies to work collaboratively to address complex issues.  We had very positive feedback.  Participants enjoyed the hands-on, interactive session and reported that they intended to immediately use one or more of the resources introduced during the session.  We didn’t experience the “post-lunch slump” or participant drift in this fast-paced, fun session.  Liz Weaver did a great job!"


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Liz Weaver

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Liz is Tamarack’s Co-CEO and Strategic Lead. In this role she provides strategic direction to the organization and leads many of its key learning activities including collective impact capacity building services for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Liz is one of Tamarack's highly regarded trainers and has developed and delivered curriculum on a variety of workshop topics including collaborative governance, leadership, collective impact, community innovation, influencing policy change and social media for impact and engagement.

Prior to this role, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables to develop their frameworks of change, supported and guided their projects and helped connect them to Vibrant Communities and other comprehensive community collaborations.

Learn more about Liz


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

Virtual Workshop:  June 22, 2020 - 1:00 – 4:30 pm ET via Zoom – details to be sent to registrants in advance

Post-Workshop Coaching: July 20 and 21, 2020 – Time to be established post workshop

Registration is now open, and is limited to 40 learners.  Participants will be sent a pre-workshop package which will include a Trust Self-Assessment Tool.  Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance.  Post-workshop, we'll hold a one hour coaching session with small groups.  The coaching sessions will be held on July 20 and 21 between 1:00 and 4:00 pm  ET. 

Bring this workshop to you!

Can’t attend the workshop, but love the content? Get in touch with Isaac about bringing this workshop to your organization. 


Special Introductory Price: $149 for single registration

The registration rate includes the pre-workshop package, the 3.5 hour virtual workshop on June 22, 2020 and a one hour post-workshop small group coaching session. It also includes a membership into Tamarack Institute's Learning community.

Since this is our first time offering this workshop in a virtual setting, we are offering it at a special introductory price. We are excited to prototype this with you and to hear your feedback after the session!  


Prepare for the workshop by reading Liz's paper Turf, Trust, Co-Creation, and Collective Impact.


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Virtual Workshop | June 22, 2020

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For questions regarding this event, reach out to Isaac.
For questions regarding invoicing and payments, reach out to Jana