Welcome to Tamarack CCI - the online learning community for collaborative leaders

Submitted by Community Animator on November 15, 2013 - 4:26pm
New to the site? Read this post for some background and helpful tips

Greetings fellow online learning community members! 

Welcome to Tamarack CCI - an online community comprise of about 1000 collaborative leaders who work on multi-sector issues across North America and internationally.  The common interest that binds the CCI membership together is the united desire to change the world: one community at a time. Through engaging with each other on this site, we can learn with and from one another about how to address complex community issues and create positive change. This is the key to deepen our learning about ourselves, others, and the work of collaboration and change within communities. 

What's does this site have to offer?

This site offers 500+ resources in the form of articles, reports, guidebooks, podcasts, audio seminars, videos, blog posts, links and slideshows. The membership to the site has doubled in the last 12 months and in 2013, the site received over 52,000 page views. On average, about 55% of the site’s monthly visitors are brand new, and our most viewed posts/blog entries usually reach upwards of 300 visitors in the first month they are published.

We gain new members like you every week and the majority come from the non-profit and government worlds. Chances are that if you have a question about community engagement techniques, how to influence systems-level change, how to evaluate community impact, or if you want to know more about collective impact, there’s someone in this community who can offer great feedback or advice and someone who has a similar question they want answered.

We invite you to post your questions freely and as often as you’d like in a community post or in a group so that others may engage and learn from it as well. As you share you knowledge and experience with us and each other, we will, together, advance the knowledge and practice of this field.

Who are Tamarack CCI's regular contributors?

 In short - you are!   Our learning community includes regular bloggers who post content on a monthly basis, other who post on a weekly basis, and some who post only once in a blue moon. Also, in early 2014, we introduced a new Tamarack Thought Leader Initiative and have invited 8 individuals to intentionally share their knowledge and learning with you in the CCI online space. These invididuals include: Jay Connor, Mark Holmgren, Mark Cabaj, Lindsday Daniller, Elayne Greely, Tim Draimin, Michael Jones and Cameron Norman (search and check out their profiles!) Our thought leaders' blogs, comments, profiles, and audio seminars are meant to further stimulate your learning. However, please keep in mind that your ideas and contributions to this space are just as essential in generating the rich diversity of perspectives needed to distill experiences into wisdom. We want you to contribute community posts, questions, comments and anything else that is relevant to your professional learning. 

How do I make the most of this website?

First, join the site and create a profile. When you join the community you should receive an email from admin(at)tamarackcommunity.ca prompting you to confirm your account activation. If you don’t see this in your inbox, make sure to check your junk or spam folder. When your account is activated, you can log in and begin building your profile. Make sure to include a photo and as much information in the bio section as you are comfortable sharing.  The more the community knows about you, the more likely they are to engage with you and this cultivates the relationship that is necessary for authentic dialogue to transpire.

How can I participate in this online space?

When you sign up a member, you have the opportunity to help shape this dynamic learning community. The purpose of this is site is to cultivate a mutually-supportive community of practice and the success of the site ultimately depends on how much energy and creativity our members put into it. We want to hear about your dreams and the triumphs, challenges, and processes that you have experienced while trying to create positive change in your community.

Share a community post with us: What’s working? What isn’t? What’s next for your initiative or organization? What have you learned? What questions are arising? Somewhere in your experience you have a great story to tell and an opportunity to initiate stimulating dialogue. To start posting to the community check out this helpful resource: 10 Tips for Writing an Effective Blog. If you want assistance with posting your contributions, please send me an email at kirsti(at)tamarackcommunity.ca. I would love to help get your content onto the site to share with others.

What are some tips for navigating this site?

Use this handy Site Map to figure out what resources you’ll find under the “Home”, “Learn”, “Find”, and “Connect” tabs. You may also want to read our website’s Community Guidelines and check out How to Tailor Your Learning for a better understanding of how to use the site.  If you’re still not able to find what you’re looking for, please email your query to kirsti(at)tamarackcommunity.ca.

We're so happy you've joined us!

I am looking forward to learning more about collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and social change with all of you and expanding the wealth of knowledge that exists in this online community. I would love to hear about what brought you to this site, what you hope to get out of it, and any improvements that you'd like to see. Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below or email me at kirsti(at)tamarackcommunity.ca

In partnership,

Zoe Fleming

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What is CCI to you?

This site is all about our members and making sure you're getting what you need out of the learning community. I'm interested in hearing about the following:

What are you here to learn and what brought you to this site?

Are there any improvements you'd like to see to the site? If so, what are they?

Thanks for your comments!



Connecting the Unconnected

I really have a very limited knowledge in community outreach but has this intension to spend the rest of my life to do extension services to our grassroots communities.  Armed with only practical actions,  I must gather all information necessary to become effective.

Thank you.

Tools and Resources

Thanks for your comment and for joining the learning community. Please do check out the resource library under the "find" tab on our site. There are plenty of tools and resources available that I hope will aid you in your work.