• April 16, 2014

    Innoweave is honoured to be among the 2013 Tides Top 10

    Each year, Tides Canada honours Canada’s most innovative social change efforts that inspire people to take action, to think in new ways and to make the world a better place.

    J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Trustees and staff, and Innoweave coaches, with Tides CEO Ross McMillan

    On April 10th, Innoweave and the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation were proud to be included among the Tides Canada Top 10. “Our Tides Top 10 award is an opportunity to shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s most innovative social and environmental initiatives,” said Ross McMillan, President and CEO of Tides Canada. “Each of this year’s recipients has demonstrated innovation, creativity and impact while working at the intersection of social, ecological and economic considerations. We’re pleased to recognize and celebrate their collective dedication to social change.”

    The Tides Top 10 recipients gather in Toronto, April 10, 2014

    It is a privilege to be recognized along with the extraordinary work of the other Top 10 changemakers – all of whom are helping to lead social change across Canada in new and innovative ways:

    Innoweave looks forward to working with Tides Canada, our fellow Top 10 recipients and changemakers across Canada!

    Click here to read more about the Tides Top Ten recognition event.

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  • April 15, 2014

    Innoweave Announces a New Module – Constructive Engagement!

    constructive-engagement-iconAre you interested in engaging, and mobilizing policy makers, practitioners, and the public to make changes that further your impact goals? Are you frustrated that your advocacy efforts seem to be falling on deaf ears?  If so, you may be interested in Innoweave’s new the Constructive Engagement Module!

    Innoweave’s new Constructive Engagement Module  will help leaders of community sector organizations develop effective strategies to work with policy makers, practitioners, and the public to make specific changes that will directly improve the outcomes that the organization seeks and advance their mission. The module is being developed in partnership with Sean Moore, Founder and Principal of Advocacy School.

    “This module will be of benefit to those individuals and organizations who have determined that, to realize their organization’s mission and purpose – to effect the social change they seek –  will require some significant change in policy, procedure or practice as determined by some governmental or institutional decision-making body”, says Moore.

    “This could mean anything from a change in a local bylaw, or an expansion or revision of government regulation, to a reorientation in fundamental government policy. Sometimes this will involve governments at local, provincial or federal level. In many instances it may not involve government, per se, at all. Rather it will involve a change in policy, procedure or practice by a hospital or a group of health professionals. Perhaps, it’s trade practice one wants to see changed by an industry association or a company.”

    “In any or all of these instances,” Moore continues, “despite the significant differences which exist in terms of who or what is involved, there are numerous key similarities they share when it comes to how best to constructively engage with decision-makers and stakeholders and, ultimately, influence the choices they make.”

    Learn about Constructive Engagement on a free one-hour webinar!

    If you’d like to learn more about Constructive Engagement and explore whether it might be right for you, attend the Introduction to Constructive Engagement Webinar, on 17th at 12:00pm ET. This session will provide an overview of Constructive Engagement, and help participants determine whether the workshop might be right for their organization. Click here to learn more and register.

    Attend a Constructive Engagement Workshop!

    The first Constructive Engagement Workshop will be held on May 27th, 2014 in Toronto, in partnership with the Ontario Nonprofit Network, and hosted by United Way Toronto.

    “It takes the strategic engagement of many stakeholders to change systems,” notes  says Cathy Taylor, Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network. “Whether working with government or members of the public, this may mean reaching beyond our regular networks. Finding effective ways to understand and influence the broader environment and systems we work in takes good relationships, clear messaging, and strong strategy. We’re excited to partner with Innoweave on this new engagement module, which will support nonprofits as they work to strengthen communities.”

    The session will help leadership teams understand engagement issues and develop a draft engagement strategy that they can use to begin the process of moving toward effective policy change and/or new practices among policy makers, practitioners and/or the public.

    “This workshop will help you to think about the change you seek in terms of what role governments and other decision-making bodies can play; exploring critical mindsets that can make the difference between ultimate success or protracted failure; considering the experience and results of others who  have faced similar policy and political challenges; concrete steps towards mobilizing an organization to restructure its thinking, resources and engagement practices towards finding effective and meaningful responses to complex problems; creating a practical plan for moving forward”, says Moore.

    At the workshop, organizations will:

    1. Develop a draft engagement strategy and plan, by clarifying:

      • The outcomes they hope to achieve as an organization

      • Policy and practice barriers to those outcomes

      • Who needs to be engaged to remove those barriers (and how you might figure it out)

      • What those people would need to do differently

      • How to select among approaches and tactics for engagement and change

    2. Clarify questions to ‘finalize’ an engagement strategy, including what else needs to be figured out and who else needs to be engaged.

    There will be additional workshops organized in the coming months for different locations across Canada, so please visit our Upcoming Workshops page for the latest updates as they become available.  Also, if your organization is interested in hosting a workshop in partnership with Innoweave, please email us at info@innoweave.ca.

    Please click here to apply for the workshop.

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