Tuesday, 1 May 2018 – 2 half day workshops
Education Development Centre
4 Milner Street-Hindmarsh


Together SA brought this unique opportunity to experience 2 fantastic workshops held by Mark Cabaj, international Collective Impact expert and thought leader on community and complexity, social innovation, strategic learning and evaluation.

Workshop Topics

Workshop #1:  Prototyping Our Way to Social Innovation (8:45am – 12:15pm)

People interested in developing a new program, service or strategy tend to be familiar with two different approaches. One approach is focused on an unstructured process of improvisation that unfolds without any rhyme or reason and yields unpredictable outcomes. The structure is heavily planned with a high degree of certainty, but usually at the expense of creativity, surprises and originality.

There is an approach between a butterfly and a blueprint: Prototyping

Prototyping is a process of fast-cycle experiments that provide would-be innovators an opportunity to develop more insight into the challenges they are trying to address; and possible solutions. It emphasises “thinking with your hand”, jumping into an action-learning process rather than trying to figure everything out in advance and/or getting stuck in plans.

This ½ day workshop will provide an overview of the concept of prototyping, using examples from the private and community sector, as well as emerging principles and techniques that participants may employ in their own work.

Workshop #2: Developing Strategy for CI Work (1:00pm – 4:30pm)

Developing and sustaining an effective leadership and governance group for tackling complex issues that cross artificial organisational and sectoral boundaries is not easy. In fact, the inability to properly address this task “trips up” many promising Collective Impact efforts before they even get off the ground.
This ½ day workshop explores the following governance themes:

  • How strategy is different than plans and why this distinction is critical
  • Different types of “strategy” (e.g. umbrella strategy, strategy as plans, emergent strategy, etc.) and processes for building and adapting strategies
  • Emerging tools for Collective Impact strategy (e.g. strategic intents, framework for change)

Workshop includes the use of Canadian, American and New Zealand examples, small group discussions and links to resource materials that participants can employ after the workshop.

More about Mark…
Mark Cabaj (Canada) is President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.
While studying the Solidarity movement in Krakow, Poland, in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signaled the end of communism in Eastern Europe. He could not help but stay to experience the rebirth of the region and worked as an investment advisor in Poland’s foreign investment agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the new Ministry of Privatization, and the mission coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.
Back in Canada, Mark was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) in 2001. From 2002 to 2011, he was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada.
Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighbourhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly involved in building the practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to assessment which emphasizes real time feedback and learning in emerging, messy and sometimes fast-moving environments.
In 2016, Mark co-authored a paper with Liz Weaver, Vice President of the Tamarack in Canada, called Collective Impact 3.0: An Evolving Framework for Community Change. This paper seeks to review the Collective Impact framework from a new perspective, informed by years of learning from Collective Impact practitioners, worldwide. Mark says “Collective Impact 3.0 seeks to ‘upgrade’ the approach based on ongoing learning of what it takes to truly transform communities. The Collective Impact approach is – and always will be -unfinished business, something that through practice, evolves and is continuously improved.”
The success of transformative, community change efforts in South Australia depends, in part, upon the evolution of the Collective Impact framework in our local context.


Mark Cabaj Workshops proudly brought to you by :


Together SA would like to thank our partners for their contribution to this event:
Collaboration For Impact
Uniting Care Wesley Bowden 


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