Upcoming Tele-Learning Seminars
Tamarack and Vibrant Communities offer free tele-learning seminars that are brought to you live via telephone conference line.
Taking Care of One Another
Speakers: ABCD Faculty member Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack
Location: via conference call
Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:55 a.m.–1 p.m. Eastern
Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack have spent much of their lives reimagining systems to reduce social isolation, facilitate caring for one another and enable all members of our communities to contribute their gifts. In this tele-learning, they will share their perspectives on how taking care of one another nurtures a sense of belonging. They will also highlight examples from their own work that illustrate how this "heart-work" is translated into action in very concrete – and impactful – ways.
There will be opportunity for questions and answers during the call, and a podcast will be made available to all registered participants following the conversation.
For more information on this and other Tamarack events, click here.
Talkshoe Conversation with John McKnight and Peter Block:
Away from Adversarial and Toward Relational Approaches to Legal Issues
December 10 - 1 p.m. Eastern
A free half-hour discussion with John and Peter and their guest J. Kim Wright, author of American Bar Association bestseller Lawyers As Peacemakers: Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law.
John, Peter and Kim will talk for about a half hour about taking a less adversarial approach to the legal issues that all neighborhoods experience. Then they’ll open the conversation up for questions and comments from anyone who wants to stay around. You can use the comment form on the website or go to our Facebook page to post your questions and insights you want to share in advance.
It's easy to listen and participate. If you can’t listen live, the conversation will be archived for listening or downloading later.
For more information, click here.
Asset-Based Community Development Two-Day Workshop
Sponsored by WJS Canada
January 9 and 10, 2014
The La Perla Ballroom
810 Quayside Drive
New Westminster, British Columnia
Facilitator: Dan Duncan, consultant and faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University
"Effective Community Partnership: How Residents and Organizations Can Work Together for Great Impact by Using the Principles of Asset-Based Community Development"
To improve lives of families and their members in today’s world requires neighborhoods and their residents to be involved as coproducers of their own and their community’s well-being, and it requires agencies and institutions to “lead by stepping back” to create space for resident action and engagement. This two-day workshop will provide an overview of the principles of ABCD and the tools organizations and communities can use to achieve greater impact and results.
• Effective collective impact today
• Introduction to ABCD: definitions and principles
• Why place-based strategies and community engagement are critical
• The roles of residents in building a stronger community
• The new role of institutions — how institutions can use all their assets to build a stronger community
• Tools for agencies — leading by stepping back
• Asset mapping — discover-ask-connect — from mapping to mobilizing
WHAT IS ABCD:
• The belief that healthy communities are built by focusing on the strengths and capacities of the citizens and associations that call the community "home"
• The belief that the assets of a community's institutions can be identified and mobilized to build community
• A range of approaches and tools, such as asset mapping and community engagement that can put these beliefs into practice
For more information and to register, please visit https://abcd2013wjscanada.eventbrite.ca/?ref=ecal or click here.
The Art of Hosting and Harvesting Conversations That Matter
Organized by Dee Brooks and Michaela Kennedy
March 19, 2014, at 4 p.m. to March 23, 2014, at 12 noon
Hunter Valley Hotel Academy
What kind of leadership do we need to cultivate NOW for the future?
With major changes occurring in the disabilities, aged, education and community services sectors, questions are emerging; how can we collaborate authentically in a competitive environment? How do we collaborate effectively across sectors? How do we step up and lead others into the unknown? What is the healing that needs to occur before communities can strengthen themselves? How we can remain centered and hopeful about where we are going as a human race? What is participatory leadership and how does it complement more traditional ways of leading and working?
What is it? Who should come? Who are the hosts?
The practice of participatory leadership is strengthened by a range of processes that foster generative conversations where collective wisdom can give rise to new ways of thinking. It is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges. Participatory leadership assists in discovering new ways of working that are needed right now. It explores powerful ways to strengthen and build on relationships which allow us to serve each other and the greater good while discovering and harnessing the power of the Information Age.
For more information or to register, click here.
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