Presentations, Resources & Tools

Submitted by Sienna Jae Taylor on September 12, 2016 - 9:42am

DAY ONE | Learning Descriptions & Resources 
Monday September 26, 2016


Welcome & Opening | Building a Learning Community 

Presentations MASTER Slide Deck


Keynote Address | Roger Martin

Beyond Better: Disruption and the Role of Social Entrepreneuship in Solving Tough Problems


Practice & Tool Sessions 

1:30 - 2:30pm 

Building a Journey Map | Facilitator - Liz Weaver 

In Collective Impact is about engaging multiple partners around a common agenda.  A journey map helps keep everyone on the same page as you navigate the collective impact journey together. 

Community Engagement for Community Change | Facilitator - Mark Holmgren 

What does authentic community engagement look like? What is “Trickle-Down Community Engagement” and how do we avoid it?” What is this thing called the Community Engagement Continuum? What are the components of a Community Engagement Plan? These are among the questions Mark Holmgren will address in this session. 

Working Well with Friends, Allies and Enemies | Facilitator - Sylvia Cheuy

The ability to effectively collaborate with those whose experience is very different from our own is an important source of innovation.  Recognizing the importance of shared language and an appreciation of diverse perspectives is essential when innovative solutions are required.  Leaders who know how to encourage friends, allies and even enemies to work well together are demonstrating a skill that is essential in cultivating collaborative leadership.  This workshop will introduce frameworks and tools to enhance your ability to effectively engage and work across sectors.

Positive Deviance: Discovering, Understanding and Building on What Already Works | Facilitator - Mark Cabaj

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Writing a Book for Social Innovators | Facilitator -  Paul Born

Join Paul Born, author of two Canadian best sellers to learn about writing a book on social innovation.  Consider the promise and premise that forms the basis of a book.  Develop your own outline.  Learn about self-publishing and publishing with a mainstream publisher (Paul has done both).  Learn about selling books – which is just about as important as writing one.  

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WrapED: A Curious Case Study in Collective Impact | Facilitator -  Lindsay Daniller 

Wraparound Edmonton, or WrapED, is a partnership of six Edmonton organizations working together; helping young people affected by violent crime move away from the threat of gangs and learn to thrive in the community.  WrapED is a solid example of collective impact, and is considered to be one of REACH Edmonton’s flagship efforts.  While it displays the expected conditions of collective impact initiatives, how it was developed and implemented is unique.  Join Lindsay Daniller, as she details the evolution of WrapED, the challenges of collaboration on this scale and shares some inceptive successes.   

Concurrent Workshops 

  3:00 - 5:00pm 

Collective Impact 101 | Facilitator – Tom Klaus

Collective Impact is on fire!  This workshop will cover the basics of collective impact including what it is, what it isn’t, the phases of collective impact and the core conditions required to successfully implement this framework for community change.

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How’s Your Collaborative Posture?

Thinking Upside Down Together to Effect Change | Facilitator - Mark Holmgren

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Handout (Upside Down Thinking)

Handout (Norms)

Handout (Heretical Proposition)

The Collaborative Leader | Facilitator – Paul Born

Learn about your personal style of co leadership and the techniques that make working together for community change easier and more effective. 

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Asset Based Community Development | Facilitator – Sylvia Cheuy

The principles and practices of ABCD are based upon more than three decades of research and community work by John McKnight and John Kretzmann.   This workshop will: introduce the core principles of ABCD; share practical resources for incorporating the lens of ABCD into your community change efforts; and, share stories that illustrate how the community’s newly-recognized strengths can be directed to an endless range of shared priorities.


Evaluating Community Impact | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

We have all heard that population level change is difficult to achieve.  Explore how community change happens and key strategies to build an evaluation and learning mindset to effectively monitor change and impact.  

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What Conditions Drive Social Innovation in the Social Good Sector? | Facilitator – Vinod Rajasekaran, SiG

This workshop will present key findings from a first-ever in Canada, collection of case studies that highlight continuous innovation habits and patterns within social mission organizations to get a sense of success conditions, shed light on the gaps, and arrive at pathways for better empowering and supporting organizations.

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DAY TWO | Learning Descriptions & Resources
Tuesday September 27, 2016



Keynote Address | Frances Westley

Place-Based Social Innovation: The Power of Communities

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Master Slide Deck - Day 2


Learning Community Dialogue   

Practice & Tool Sessions 

1:30 - 2:30pm 

Getting to Impact: A Tool to Document Results in Real Time | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

Want to know if your collaborative table is making a difference.  The outcomes diary is a simple tool which collective impact initiatives can track results in real time.

The Community Reference System: Getting “The Right” People in the  Room | Facilitator – Sylvia Cheuy

You are launching, -- or renewing, -- a collaborative project, but the number of attendees you can invite to your initial meeting is limited.  How do you determine who to invite?  How can you create a “buzz” about your project that reaches far beyond the people who are in the room?  How can you hold the tension between limiting invitees but conveying that all are welcome?  This tool introduces a highly-participatory method for engaging beyond your invitee list to build interest, curiosity and credibility about who’s “in the room”.


Social Media: Taking it to the Next Level | Facilitator – Lisa Attygalle

Discover tips and tricks to engage your followers on social media. Learn about the 1/3, 1/3, 1/3 rule and get access to tools and ideas to streamline and improve your social presence and online relationships.

Making Change through Single, Double, Triple Loop Learning | Facilitator – Mark Holmgren

Learn about single, double, and triple loop learning which are learning strategies that respectively help create incremental, reformist, and transformational change. Engage Mark Holmgren in conversation about the barriers we face to effective learning and how to create conditions that foster adaptive, generative, and radical learning. 


Tracking The Unintended: Ripple Effect Mapping & Outcome Harvesting | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

Two complementary tools to help track, in real time or retrospectively, the ripple effects of a complex change initiative.  

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Dive Deeper with Frances Westley | Facilitator – Frances Westley

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A Human Rights Lens on Community Change | Facilitator – Effie Vlachoyannocos, Maytree

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Concurrent workshops 

3:00 – 5:00pm

Backbone Structures and Governance Strategies | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

An important key to collective impact success is the backbone structure and governance.  This workshop will explore different backbone structures and governance strategies.  

Technology for Community Engagement | Facilitator – Lisa Attygalle

This workshop will walk through the Community Engagement Spectrum and layer on the variety of ways that technology can enhance your efforts and integrate with traditional engagement techniques. Dive deeper into some newer technology that enables the brainstorming of ideas, voting, surveying, and community decision making, and challenge yourself to go deeper in your community engagement efforts.  

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Tool: Technology for Community Engagement

Resource: Creating Inforgraphics

Building Your Collaborative Leadership Capacity | Facilitator – Sylvia Cheuy

This practical workshop will provide you with a variety of tools to build your collaborative leadership muscle.  The tools will also provide you with how to resources to support and encourage shared leadership.


Thinking Upside Down Together to Effect Change | Facilitator – Mark Holmgren

Mark Holmgren is known for his work on Upside Down Thinking and how heretical thinking can disrupt the status quo and foster innovation, the development of new services, and even cause us to rethink our sacred cows and beliefs and biases about community work. In addition to learning about Upside Down Thinking, Mark covers other types of thinking, including Wicked Questions, Integrative Thinking, and Lateral Thinking. Work with Mark in small groups to put these disruptive thinking methods into practice.

Disruption & Snapback: Capturing Systems Change | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

This session will explore how social innovators can measure and track their efforts to disrupt, change and resist the ‘snap back’ the systems that underlie social, environmental and economic challenges.

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Getting to Impact: Collective Impact - The First 12 Months | Facilitator – Paul Born

Your board chair asks, "So what are you actually going to do and what will you produce in the first year of your Collective Impact initiative"? We will answer this question for you.

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DAY THREE | Learning Description & Resources
Wednesday September 28, 2016


Keynote Address

Being Who We Say We Are | Severn Suzuki


Learning Community Dialogue

Practice & Tool Sessions 

1:30 – 2:30 pm

Engaging the Other through an Empathy Map | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

An Empathy Map helps you consider the journey of others.  This tool will help build more robust collective impact strategies.

Empathy Map

Engagement Funnel | Facilitator – Lisa Attygalle

Use an Engagement Funnel to monitor your community – from the people on the periphery to your most active advocates. Use this tool to create opportunities for engagement that are targeted to each group and to brainstorm ways to invite people to engage more deeply in your initiative.


Your Reflective Best Self | Facilitator – Paul Born

An assets based approach to assessing your leadership strengths and those of the people in your organization.  

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Co-Creating a Culture of Innovation | Facilitator Mark Holmgren

Innovative ideas and strategies are not hard to come by but fall to the wayside when the culture of an organization or collaborative provides insufficient space, time, permission, and support to explore new possibilities. In this session, Mark will share from his experience as a social innovator as well as best practice approaches for bringing about cultural change to foster innovation within organizations


Small Bets Before Big Bets: A Framework to Evaluate Prototypes & Fast Experiments | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

Social innovators are increasingly turning to prototyping to quickly and inexpensively test promising ideas and determine whether they warrant “bigger bets” of pilot projects or full-fledged models or programs. Learn more about the seven different types of prototypes, the prototyping process, and how to evaluate rapid prototypes.

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Collective Impact – International Case Study | Facilitator – SUS Denmark

Learn more about how collective impact is changing communities across Denmark.  Members of SUS Denmark (Social Development Centre) will share their collective impact journey and the lessons that they have learned in applying this framework in an international context.


Concurrent workshops 

3:00 – 5:00pm

The Policy Dilemma: How Large Scale Impact Happens | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

Policy influence and change can dramatically move the needle on complex community issues and yet most collaborative tables are reticent to pay attention to this process.  Learn how to build a policy approach that leads to influence and impact.

Building Loyalty: Engagement Lessons from the Private Sector | Facilitator – Lisa Attygalle

Learn methods of building partner and community loyalty by genuinely listening and engaging all stakeholders in meaningful interaction. This workshop will explore the principles of loyalty and share examples from the private sector that profile practices that can be applied to community engagement.

Key Trends that Leaders Cannot Ignore | Facilitator Mark Holmgren

Sometimes we look at trends one at a time rather than focus on patterns they form and their implications on our communities going forward. Join Mark Holmgren as he shares some key trends/patterns and engage in conversation about how they could or should impact policy, planning, program design, and more. Trend-patterns covered include: game-changing demographics, economic and employment patterns, philanthropy, technology, and others.

Deepening Community | Facilitator Paul Born

In this highly interactive workshop we want to first explore how our own leadership is connected to our beliefs about community. We then want to focus on several practical community development leadership principles such as community engagement, community innovation, collaborative leadership and collective impact.  

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Simplifying the Complex: Hard and Soft Measurement in Community Change | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

The endless debate between the merits of ‘hard and soft’ indicators and methods is over. Social innovators – and those who support them – need a combination of both if they are to get a full picture of their progress in tackling tough issues

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An Engagement Conversation with Severn Cullis-Suzuki | Facilitator –

Learn more about Severn’s unique journey of engaging community, national and international leaders in the cause of environmental sustainability.


DAY FOUR | Learning Descriptions & Resources
Thursday, September 29, 2016



Keynote Address

Building Collective Impact 3.0| Stephen Patrick 


Learning Community Dialogue

Practice & Tool Sessions 


Mutually Reinforcing Activities Using the “Dynamics” Exercise | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

Building up a set of mutually reinforcing activities a part of your collective impact strategy is a challenge.  This workshop will focus on the activity dynamics tool as one way to find synergies in your work,

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Engage your Top 100 First | Facilitator – Paul Born

This simple and fun approach just might be the key to your community change efforts.

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Circle: Creating a Container for Effective Dialogue | Facilitator – Sylvia Cheuy

In this workshop, participants, will experience, and learn the fundamental elements of hosting circle-based dialogues and conversations. Discover how this age-old, simple and adaptable meeting structure that encourages clear speaking, open-minded listening, shared leadership, and decision-making that enables the emergence of collective wisdom.

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Basic Circle Guidelines

Planning forward:  The Eco-Cycle of Community Change | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

 Learn how to identify opportunities and traps in collaborative planning processes using the eco-cycle as a dynamic community change tool.

Beyond Needs Assessments:  Developing a Deeper Understanding of Community Needs, Wants and Will | Facilitator - Tom Klaus

The basic community needs assessment that reveal the numbers behind an issue is an important, fundamental tool for informing the strategy of community change initiatives.  The ability to look beyond the numbers, however, is particularly important when trying to engage difficult to reach populations.  This training is designed to teach at least three simple qualitative strategies for gaining a deeper understanding of community


Building a Learning Network in Collective Impact | Facilitator – Kimberly Bradley

This session will highlight a collective impact capacity building model being used by two federally funded TA Centers in the US. The goals of the capacity building are to ensure that grantees have an in depth understanding of collective impact, increase confidence with using the approach, and tools to help facilitate the process. These two centers serve over hundred grantees representing urban, rural, border, and tribal populations in the United States. These projects focus on issues related to disparities in birth outcomes and/or early childhood systems development.

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Concurrent Workshops 

3:00 – 5:00pm

Collective Impact 3.0 Taking CI to the Next Level | Facilitator – Liz Weaver

Take your collective impact efforts to the next level.  This interactive workshop will focus on systems change strategies to get to policy impacts, shared measurement and strategic clarity as you move your collective impact efforts forward.  

Labs as Platforms for Innovation & Engagement | Facilitator - Joeri van den Steenhoven, MaRS Solutions Lab

Social Change labs are interactive designed opportunities to focus the collective wisdom of everyone in the room.  Experience a social change lab as a platform for innovation and engagement.  

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 Impact, Eh? | Facilitator - Sally Fazal and Lynn Fergusson

Learn more about the Canadian Collective Impact experience.  Join us for hands-on exercises and Canadian case studies to experience the importance of the common agenda and how to apply a clear impact focus to your own collective.  It’s about results, eh?

Cultivating the Power and Possibility of Citizen Leadership | Facilitator – Sylvia Cheuy

Evidence shows that the most innovative solutions to complex issues emerge when diverse perspectives come together, create a richer shared understanding of their issue; and combine resources in new and innovative ways. This workshop will share stories of effective engagement efforts and provide frameworks and tools that can be used to develop and cultivate effective citizen engagement strategies.

360 Degree Intelligence: The Power of Participatory Evaluation | Facilitator – Mark Cabaj

In order to be effective, efforts to evaluate efforts to build communities require the 360 intelligence, support and ownership of partners and those most affected by the issue. This session will explore key principles and common methods for engaging diverse stakeholders in the evaluation process from beginning to the end.

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A Collective Impact Conversation with Stephen Patrick | Facilitator – TBD

The Aspen Forum for Community Change is deeply embedded in collective impact activities across the US from investing in building the capacity of the field to investing in opportunity youth.  Learn from Steve how collective impact is transforming the Aspen Forum for Community Change.  





DAY FIVE | Learning Descriptions & Resources
Friday, September 30, 2016



Morning Reflection

The Learning Community Dialogue 



Closing the Learning Community