New Zealand and Canada have a lot in common: we could be cousins. Positioned at the end of the world – albeit different ends – both countries boast stunning natural landscapes and sports loving citizens. And while we’re often equally over-shadowed by our more populous/popular neighbours, there’s a similar self-assured pride in being independent thinkers and changemakers.
This year both the Tamarack Institute (Canada) and Inspiring Communities (Aotearoa New Zealand) achieve significant milestones. We are celebrating 15 and 10 years respectively in our efforts to empower, grow, support, connect and learn from diverse community-led change efforts. Having mutually benefitted from peer-learning exchanges over the years, it felt timely to compare and contrast experiences and observations from our collective 25 years of wisdom gathering. What does community transformation really take and what are the big changes we have noticed over the last decade or so? And, as we look forward, what key aspects need our attention and deeper thinking.
Table of Contents
THE CONTEXT FOR GETTING STARTED
WHAT WE’VE BEEN NOTICING AND WHAT MATTERS
1. FRAMEWORKS FOR COMMUNITY CHANGE
2. AUTHENTIC ENGAGEMENT OF CITIZENS IN COMMUNITY CHANGE EFFORTS
3. ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP
4. SOCIAL (COMMUNITY) INNOVATION
AND LOOKING OUT INTO THE NEXT DECADE…