The WPRC has adopted ‘Collective Impact’ (CI) as a preferred approach to community change. And in recent years, interest in CI has grown across the community.

Recently, when the call went out for people interested in becoming CI trainers, more people than we could accommodate responded. In the end, eleven people in Winnipeg completed the three-day training on September 14, 15 and 16, 2016.

The middle day of the training consisted of a community workshop on the basics of Collective Impact, held at Robert A Steen Community Centre. Again, the response was strong with over 85 people from across Winnipeg signing up.

Liz Weaver from Tamarack, a community change institute based in Waterloo Ontario, facilitated the three days. She left us with a lot to think about related to Collective Impact. Here are a few of her thoughts:

– Collective Impact is not the way, it’s one way

– Do we want a hundred people making all the big decisions in Winnipeg, or do we want people from all sectors empowered to play a role? CI can help grow the number of decision-makers in Winnipeg

– It’s about movement-making; developing processes that transform the way we’ve been thinking and working

WPRC co-sponsored the training along with nine community partners: Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, SEED Wpg, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Youth Agencies Alliance, Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Spence Neighbourhood Association, Wpg Regional Health Authority, Block by Block and Neighbourhoods Alive!.

You can find more about Collective Impact at http://www.tamarackcommunity.ca/collectiveimpact