When people are engaged in communities, they take ownership of the issues facing them. Community engagement is about people working collaboratively, through inspired action and learning, drawing strength from each other and from the diversity of their perspectives to create and realize bold visions for their common future.
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The Tamarack Institute is a connected force for community change. Tamarack works with leaders in non-profits, governments, businesses and the community to make work of advancing positive community change easier and more effective. They do this by teaching and writing about collective impact, community engagement, collaborative leadership, community development, and evaluating community impact. Tamarack turns theory into action by connecting people into networks to share and learn together and by working one-on-one with organizations to help advance their specific agendas.
Tamarack works deeply in two Practice Areas to advance community change:
- Vibrant Communities: Cities Reducing Poverty is a network of 47 cities who are creating comprehensive poverty reduction strategies to impact the lives of 1 million Canadians living in poverty.
- Deepening Community explores programs, policies and practices that strengthen communities, neighbourhoods and enhance social capital.
Tamarack believes that when we are effective in strengthening community capacity to engage citizens, lead collaboratively, deepen community and innovate in place, our work contributes to the building of peace and a more equitable society. Their deepest hope is to end poverty in Canada.