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Leading Through Uncertainty

3 Tips in 3 Minutes:
Managing Your Organizational Strategy During the Pandemic

Lisa Watson shares 3 tips for managing your organizational strategy during this complex time:

  1. Listen to your system
  2. Adapt
  3. Prioritize and re-prioritize
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Lisa’s compassionate approach brings a human-centred perspective to all areas of social change. As our lead strategist and facilitator, her passion for human potential, soulful leadership and systems design is evident in her diverse portfolio of clients, partners and collaborators. Lisa has a gift for illuminating strengths, listening deeply and bringing strategies to life. Her work helps leaders elevate their lives, organizations and the world. Lisa’s 20+ year career spans the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and private sectors.

3 Tips in 3 Minutes:
Building Your Confidence for Decisions During Times of Uncertainty

Tanya Darisi shares 3 tips to build your confidence for decisions during times of uncertainty:

  1. Remind yourself of your values
    2. Keep your line of sight short and clear
    3. Ask and adapt
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Tanya is known for her insatiable drive to make change happen. As our lead researcher and evaluator, she has a true passion for social justice and data-driven insight. Always looking on the bright side, she’s a natural born problem-solver and has a gift for turning complex data into clear insight and strategy. Formerly The O’Halloran Group, Tanya has worked as a community leader and volunteer for many years, contributing to projects and initiatives that promote greater inclusion, wellbeing and dignity for all.

3 Tips in 3 Minutes:
Getting Into the Groove of Working From Home

Randal Boutilier offers 3 basic tips for those who’ve suddenly started working from home.

  1. Secure one space
    2. Journal your time
    3. Wear your shoes!
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Randal has a wealth of knowledge in the nonprofit realm, understanding the key role that design plays not only in day-to-day communications, but in building community and philanthropy. This experience was built from his work at 12thirteen, a graphic design studio in Toronto that creates print and digital materials in the nonprofit sector. As a Registered Graphic Designer (RGD) and an active Board member at RGD, he adheres to a set of ethical guidelines and applies them to his studio practice. He enjoys working with a variety of stakeholders involved in a project – and fosters an environment that is creative and collaborative.

His work passion is to distill complex stories and concepts into compelling and engaging visuals that are easy to understand and desirable to share. When not sitting in front of a computer or sketching out a complex theory of change, Randal occupies his time perfecting his mastery of the hula hoop!

Resilience in the time of COVID

Resilience was a buzz word before COVID-19. Now it’s essential as we navigate these difficult times. Hear Cathy speak about resilience, how mistakes do not equal failure, emergence, and KYPU.

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    Strategic, action-oriented, award-winning and with a wealth of experience gleaned over three decades in the charitable sector, Cathy takes a hands-on approach to creating measurable and sustainable results for her clients. In 2015, Cathy was recognized by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for excellence in scholarship for her project on the role of philanthropy in collective impact.

    A multi-award winning fundraiser, Cathy is most recently recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter. During her tenure as Executive Director, Frontier College Foundation won the “Excellence in Fundraising for Small Shops Award,” from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, representing 30,000+ fundraisers from 7 countries.

    As Academic Coordinator of Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program at the Chang School of Continuing Education (from 2008 to 2018) Cathy has influenced the profession and professionals in Toronto and across Canada. With 20 years of teaching College and University students, Cathy brings her teaching experience to every client and project she works on.

    3 Tips for Capturing What We’re Learning

    Janet Fitzsimmons, the Manager of Grassroots Strategies at the Centre for Connected Communities, offers 3 tips for capturing what we’re learning during this unique time:
    1. Ask the Right People
    2. Ask the Right Questions
    3. Make Learning Reciprocal

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      Janet Fitzsimmons is the Manager, Grassroots Strategies at Centre for Connected Communities. In her 2 decades working in neighbourhoods across Toronto, she has engaged with diverse groups of grassroots leaders working locally to enact social change. Janet is passionate about amplifying the voices of grassroots leaders so that they can influence systems that impact their communities.

      3 Questions in 3 Minutes:
      Listening to systems to find openings for lasting change

      Katharine Zywert presents 3 questions for reflection that are intended to help us listen to the systems we work with in order to find the openings for lasting change created by this time of upheaval. 

      1. What new solutions are gathering momentum?
        2. Who are our unexpected allies?
        3. What stories need to be told and why?
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      Katharine Zywert is a PhD Candidate in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on health system innovations for an era of constrained economic growth and social-ecological instability.

      She finds inspiration in the energy that people across sectors and disciplines are currently devoting to the process of imagining alternative futures for humanity on the planet. She appreciates people who do not rush into action but take the time to understand the complexity of the problem and ask the hard questions like, “How is the way we’re currently working unintentionally contributing to the power structures or systems dynamics we’re trying to change?” and, “What do social and environmental justice look like from where we’re standing in this system?

      3 Tips for Supervising Staff During COVID-19

      Ewa Cerda-Llanos, Manager of Place-Based Strategies for the Centre for Connected Communities shares 3 tips for people who are supervising staff and teams during this challenging and unprecedented time:
      1. Prioritize regular support 
      2. Consider new learning goals
      3. Plan to bounce forward together

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        Ewa is dedicated to developing practical and meaningful connections between people, organizations and institutions working to support equity-seeking groups in local contexts. Her work has included the development of the partnership with the University of Toronto Scarborough, leading the implementation of cross community initiatives, networked collaborations as well as other formal long term partnerships while ensuring initiatives are mutually beneficial and that resident ideas are at the centre of new endeavours.

        3 Tips for Community Building through Emergence

        Sarah Luca, Coordinator of Grassroots/Social Sector Connections at the Centre for Connected Communities shares 3 tips for community building through emergence:
        1. Listen, listen, listen
        2. Use and Adapt
        3. Be Transparent

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          Sarah Luca is the Coordinator of Grassroots/Social Sector Connections at Centre for Connected Communities. In her role, Sarah engages deeply with passionate and dedicated community builders and grassroots leaders to increase their influence in the decision-making spaces that affect their lives.

          3 Tips for Working at Multiple Scales

          Ajeev Bhatia, Manager of Policy/Community Connections for the Centre for Connected Communities shares 3 tips for working at multiple scales in order to build collective solutions to complex social issues.
          1. Recognize the role of grassroots groups
          2. Find out who is in your ecosystem
          3. Connect the micro and macro of your work

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            Ajeev Bhatia is Manager of Policy/Community Connections at Centre for Connected Communities where he connects municipal policy and strategy to neighbourhoods across Toronto to address complex social issues.
            With over a decade of experience between supporting community building work through the East Scarborough Storefront and funding grassroots organizing across Ontario through his previous role at Laidlaw Foundation, he seeks collective solutions working with marginalized communities and rooted in his lived experiences.

            Ajeev is a Master of Science in Planning Candidate at the University of Toronto and a 2018 PLACES Fellow with The Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.