Tamarack Institute Webinar 

The Power of Place in Cultivating
a Strategy for Belonging

June 20, 2024 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET 



Place matters. Achieving population-level impacts, closing equity gaps, and helping organizations and collaboratives make a difference on the most challenging issues facing communities requires a deep understanding of the role of place in driving change.

At Tamarack we focus our efforts on places where people live. Through our relationships with communities, we have learned that place-based collaboratives are critical to strengthen community cohesion and a sense of belonging, particularly as communities continue to experience the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic on our connections with one another.

We also believe in the importance of engaging in coordinated efforts to sustain, nurture, and amplify place-based collaboratives for systems-level impact. It is why we need to co-create a strategy that brings together everyone’s voices and engages all levels of government in shared efforts to build belonging in Canada.

Join us for a conversation with Peter Block and Tamarack Institute Co-CEO Danya Pastuszek on the power of place to advance a strategy for belonging, and the ways that communities are contributing to building more connected and inclusive societies.


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Peter Block (he/him), Author, Citizen, and Civic Engagement Consultant Peter Block

Peter Block is an author and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books. His books include Flawless Consulting, Stewardship, The Answer to How Is Yes, Community, The Abundant Community, and An Other Kingdom. Peter is a founder of the Common Good Collective, is part of the Common Good Alliance of Greater Cincinnati, and was a member of his local neighborhood council. His work is in the restoration of the common good and creating a world that reclaims our humanity from the onslaught of modernism and development.

Danya Pastuszek (she/her), Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute
Danya Pastuszek

Danya (she/her) is Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute and  and Director of our Networks for Change. She champions collective impact and data strategy and is dedicated to fostering inclusive, thriving communities. In her role, she supports communities in their work to end poverty, activate just climate transitions, and foster communities where everyone experiences belonging.  

She is a mother, a runner and a volunteer with her local school board. Her recent co-authored publications on this topic include an article for the National Observer titled How to create a sense of belonging and an article for the Social Innovations Journal titled Government Sustaining Community Innovation.

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