Designing For What's Next


Tamarack is excited to launch a unique partnership between Cameron Norman, Principal and President, Cense Inc and Liz Weaver, Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute called Designing for What’s Next. This innovative series is being delivered in four parts. Designing for What’s Next will start with two open to all webinars and, for those of you who want to dive deeper, a two-part workshop series will be offered for a limited number of paid registrants. The webinar series will introduce participants to imagining what’s next post pandemic while the workshops will provide participants with design ideas and practical tools to help you, your organization or collaborative to begin Designing for What’s Next.

The Designing for What’s Next webinar and workshop series is aimed at practitioners looking to understand how to best design their organizations, their strategies, and shape their communities for what is to come as we encounter the changes that emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus is on applied design thinking and intended to support leaders in learning the fundamentals of design - skills, tools, mindsets -- and how it can be applied in practice.

This series will involve two introductory webinars and a two-part workshop supported by coaching. The series is a new, experimental, experiential learning model that is a collaboration between Cense Ltd as part of its Cense Academy and Tamarack. The aim is to provide a platform for learning about design practice and enhancing the capacity of attendees to make positive changes in their world to shape the years that come after COVID. It’s also a chance for Tamarack and Cense to offer new ways to learn and study design as it’s done by communities.

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Webinar Series:

Webinar 1: Imagining What's Next 

Date: June 23, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Cameron Norman and Liz Weaver


As the Covid vaccine gets into more and more arms, we are all starting to dream about a world post-Covid. But what will this look like? Join Cense Inc President Cameron Norman, an innovator, designer and creative thinker and Liz Weaver in conversation as we imagine what’s next. Together we will reflect on the last 18 months that we have spent on this roller coaster of change, and discuss possible futures that are facing organizations and changemakers. Cameron will share practical strategies for making sense of how we collectively responded to the pandemic and how we can use design thinking and approaches for a different future.

Register for Webinar 1: Imagining What's Next here


Webinar 2: Designing What's Next 

Date: September 8, 2021 | 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 - 12 pm MT

Speakers: Cameron Norman and Liz Weaver


We can be bystanders, or we can be active participants in change. We can accept the designs of the past as given to us or shape the future with ideas and values that are ours. As the world begins to open again, the possibilities ahead of us may seem overwhelming. One way to navigate a rapidly changing future is to apply an innovation and design lens to our futures. Join Cense Inc President, Cameron Norman, an innovator, designer and creative thinker and Liz Weaver in conversation as they launch an innovation and design helix. The innovation and design helix will provide participants with the pathways to apply design thinking to rapidly shifting contexts. Learn how the design helix can be instrumental in leveraging capacity within your organization.

Register for Webinar 2: Designing What's Next here

Want to learn more about Designing for What’s Next:
• Visit Cameron Norman’s website Cense Inc for posts about innovation and design
• Visit Tamarack Institute – Community Innovation site
• View this presentation by Brenda Zimmerman about Preventing Snapback: The Challenge of Resilient Systems
• Read Design for Humans by Cameron Norman
• Read Leadership for Navigating Uncertainty by Liz Weaver, Bill Fulton and Jodi Hardin


The Webinar and Workshop Series Leaders 

Cameron Norman, Cense Inc

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Cameron Norman is a professional designer, psychologist, evaluator, and educator interested in the science and practice of innovation. Censemaking started as a way for Cameron to share his thoughts on innovation: the process of creating, designing, implementing, and evaluating new ideas and putting them into the world and has now blossomed to over 500 posts and multiple learning channels.

Cameron is the Principal and President of Cense Ltd, an innovation consultancy that helps organizations to design, develop, deploy, and evaluate innovation in human systems, particularly the health and social sectors. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Cameron’s academic background includes undergraduate honours andMasters degrees in psychology, a Ph.D. in public health, and a professional Masters of Design (MDes) degree at OCADU in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. He is certified in the NCI Design Charrette System from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, an accredited Cognitive Edge practitioner and hold the Credentialed Evaluator designation from the Canadian Evaluation Society.


Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute 

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Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre which is 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.