From Idea to Impact


May 17, 2023 | Virtual Workshop

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Learners, by Invitation Only

7 Hour

Virtual Connection and Workshop Session
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Coaching and Connection Calls

From Idea to Impact – Community, Change, Impact

MicrosoftTeams-image (17) - EditedSince 2002, Tamarack has supported a cross-section of community-based organizations and collaboratives to increase their capacity and impact. In 2015, Tamarack launched its theory of change which included building leadership capacity across five interconnected practices including collaboration, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation and evaluating impact.

Over the past ten years, over 500 organizations and collaborations have accessed Tamarack consulting and coaching services to deepen their perspectives, increase skills and access frameworks, tools and approaches which move their work from idea to impact.

The From Idea to Impact workshop is an opportunity for Tamarack partners to connect, build community, and share stories of change and impact.

To support our global partners, Tamarack is offering a virtual hub space where you can drop in, drop out, learn at your own pace, connect to resources designed specifically for the Idea to Impact session. The agenda is designed to be interactive, conversational, and content driven. We will be bringing forward emerging thinking from the field of community and systems impact. We will also invite you to share your perspectives, ideas, and insights as we collectively grow collaborative impact.

The curriculum for the From Idea to Impact workshop will be based on a renewed theory of change which identifies what it takes to drive community and system impact forward. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, the Tamarack team and key thought leaders will share their experiences and insights about place-based change. Together, we will explore the principles, skillsets, and ways of working which lead to community and systems impacts. During the workshop, participants will also share their experiences and strategies to drive forward deep and durable change.

The goals of this first-ever gathering are to:

1) Create a shared learning environment for Tamarack’s diverse network of consulting clients and partners

2) Inspire and advance thinking about Community and Systems Impact

3) Launch of the Community and Systems Impact Approach

4) Spotlight learning emerging from the consulting partners

5) Create deep connections between organizations to share resources and approaches

Plan now to join us. Deepen your perspectives, skills, knowledge, and insights about what it takes to strengthen your community and achieve impact.


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Pre-Workshop Case Stories
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Virtual Workshop Session

From Idea to Impact Case Stories

Prior to Attending Workshop

Prior to the May 2023 workshop, Tamarack will be releasing a series of From Idea to Impact Case Stories. These case stories follow the unique journeys of Tamarack consulting partners and share their lessons learned. You will gain valuable insights from these case stories and will have an opportunity to meet with community leaders advancing change and impact.

Virtual Workshop Session

May 17, 2023 | 11:00am - 6:00pm ET

On May 17, 2023, join the Tamarack Team, invited thought leaders and colleagues from across the globe in an interactive and fun workshop. During the six-hour workshop, you will be challenged with new ways of thinking, gain insights from community partners, and be the first to access new tools and resources to move your idea to impact.



Coaching & Connection Sessions

Coaching and Connection Calls

Following the Workshop Session

To keep the momentum going, the Tamarack team will set up a series of coaching and connection calls where participants will be able to more deeply explore the themes and topics shared during the workshop.

Be part of this exclusive learning activity. Grow your skills. Grow your connections. Share your successes. Register your team today.


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What Will You Learn?

The From Idea to Impact workshop session is an interactive and engaging learning session. You will hear from a global network of peers who are focused on driving change forward. You will learn from Tamarack consulting partners who are in various stages of development in their community projects. You will learn from leaders at the forefront of community change and impact.


During the workshop. Learners will participate in plenary sessions and small group learning activities. Included in the design is exclusive access to pre-workshop content which has been developed for this learning session.


After the workshop is over, the coaching and connections will continue with small group and peer exchanges designed by you. You will be invited to share your learning or connection next steps and Tamarack will customize learning to meet you and your partners needs.


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Want to grow your personal community impact skillset?  Register today as space is limited to the first 100 consulting partners.   



Learning as a collaborative team can deepen your learning and impact.  Register and learn together.  A follow up coaching session will be offered for groups registering 5 or more colleagues.   

CEP, CDC, CBYF, and CCT Members


We care about Tamarack members.  Plan to join us as a single registration or a team to accelerate your impact.   

Recording & Connection Sessions 


Not everyone will be able to attend live due to time zones, but we wanted all to be included. This option will provide access to the speaker and workshop sessions and all content developed specifically for the From Idea to Impact Session.  You will also be invited to participate in the post workshop connection conversations.  


Registration will be limited to 300 learners from a group of 100 client and partner organizations to ensure a dynamic learning experience. Tamarack Consulting Partners will be sent access to a pre-workshop package. Zoom meeting details will be sent in advance. For those of you having to navigate different time zones, Tamarack will record the speaker and workshop sessions so that you and your team can learn virtually.


After the event, all participants will receive an email to register for follow up coaching and connection calls which will take place approximately one month after the workshop.


The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Please fill out this form or reach out to Duncan if you would like to apply for a scholarship. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

Please contact Duncan if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Meet Adam Kahane, Your Keynote Speaker and Author of Facilitating Breakthrough

Adam Kahane Square CropAdam Kahane is a Director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues.

Adam is a leading organizer, designer and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address such challenges.

He has worked in more than fifty countries, in every part of the world, with executives and politicians, generals and guerrillas, civil servants and trade unionists, community activists and United Nations officials, clergy and artists.

Adam is the author of Solving Tough Problems, about which Nelson Mandela said: “This breakthrough book addresses the central challenge of our time: finding a way to work together to solve the problems we have created.” He is also the author of Power and Love, Transformative Scenario Planning, Collaborating with the Enemy, and Facilitating Breakthrough. 

Adam is a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2022 he was named a Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Thought Leader of the Year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.


Learn more about Adam

Meet Your Faculty Team

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas 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.

Co-CEO, Tamarack Institute

Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Collective Impact Idea Area. She is passionate about community change and what becomes possible when residents and various sector leaders share an aspirational vision for their future. Sylvia believes that when the assets of residents and community are recognized and connected they become powerful drivers of community change.

Consulting Director, Collective Impact, Tamarack Institute

Lisa Attygalle

In her role at Tamarack, Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.

Consulting Director, Community Engagement, Tamarack Institute

Jean-Marie Chapeau

Deeply convinced that local and collaborative approaches are an essential lever in solving complex social issues, Jean-Marie has been involved in community development and social change for 25 years.Jean-Marie mobilizes his experience, passion and curiosity to promote evaluation as a tool for empowerment in communities and to accompany individuals and groups in their learning processes. He is constantly seeking to build bridges between change-makers involved in inventing local solutions to poverty and exclusion.

Consulting Director, Evaluating Impact, Tamarack Institute

Sonja Miokovic

Sonja is the Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institutes’s Community Innovation Area. She is a dynamic educator, social scientist, and innovator with over 16 years of experience in the sector. Having lived, worked, and played in over 80 countries, she has a broad spectrum of international experience that cuts across the public, private and civil society sectors.

Consulting Director, Community Innovation

Myriam Bérubé

Myriam is the Consulting Director for Quebec at the Tamarack Institute. She’s passionate about community innovation and development and brings her understanding of the diversity of experiences made in Quebec into Tamarack’s five interconnected areas of practices (collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community innovation and evaluating impact) leading to community change. She believes that we can accelerate our effectiveness by learning from one another, thus increasing our social impact and even inspiring others beyond our borders.

Consulting Director, Québec, Tamarack Institute

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What does a community need to do when faced with vexing challenges? At the Tamarack Institute, we have learned that there are a few key ingredients that result in successful impact: A 360-degree perspective, diversity in partners, and, above all, the willingness to come together as a community. 

The From Idea to Impact series captures stories of progress. In each story you’ll find core strategies, lessons learned, and examples of community impact. Over the past 20 years, the Tamarack Institute has provided coaching and consulting supports to over 1,000 community change organizations and leaders. In this series, we’ll provide community impact case stories, along with resources and tools developed by both Tamarack and our community colleagues and partners. 

Learn with us as we scale change and impact together.


Explore the Series