Collective Impact Summit

Feedback from the 2014 Collective Impact Summit:

"I was challenged professionally, personally, and I learned so much I can apply to how I approach not only CI but also my work in general"

"I will now feel more confident leading and convening my membership in a way that builds ownership and long-term impact, as I know I have the support of multiple thought-leaders and systems players."

"It has been inspiring – the people, the knowledge, and the passion!"

Join us for the Collective Impact Summit
Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2015
Vancouver, Canada

This event is taking place NOW! To follow along and take part in the conversation follow the Twitter hashtag #CISummit or follow us on Twitter at @Tamarack_Inst. To access resources from the Summit visit and click on Collective Impact Summit 2015: Highlights & Resources.

The Collective Impact Summit is an exclusive learning experience that will bring you the most current thinking and resources from the emerging field of Collective Impact. It is an opportunity to be part of a dynamic group of practitioners who are discovering new ways to lead, engage, and transform communities by tackling our most complex issues. 

Thousands of people and organizations have embraced collective impact as a promising approach to community change. Our current systems for social impact are highly effective, our leaders are deeply talented, and the money we spend on creating a more equitable society is used remarkably well. But what is most needed now is a shared commitment to do things differently, to rethink how we engage a diversity of perspectives in our social change efforts and, as a result, reframe our understanding of the issues we care about.

This innovation calls for a new type of leadership. Collective Impact gives us the tools to do more by doing differently. It offers a proven path forward for advancing large-scale social change.

Join us in spectacular Vancouver


Complement your learning by taking in the gorgeous sites, mild climate   and friendly people that make Vancouver one of the top cities in the world to live in. We’ll be in close proximity to some of the most incredible natural and cultural attractions Canada has to offer and a five minute walk to the sky train which links you to some of Vancouver's best galleries, parks and shopping experiences right in the downtown core in minutes. We encourage you to book a longer than normal stay and to get out in the evenings to explore the unique sights, sounds and tastes of the city.

Be inspired by internationally renowned Thought Leaders including Stacey Stewart, Fay Hanleybrown, Mark Cabaj, Al Etmanski and Karen Pittman, learn from your peers, experience innovation from around the world, and be re-energized in your work. Replenish your sense of hope, possibility and inspiration. 

Don't delay in registering - the 2014 Summit was oversubscribed and there are less seats available this year! 

The Future of Collective Impact

At the inaugural Collective Impact Summit in 2015, Melody Barnes, John Kania, Brenda Zimmerman, Jay Connor and Paul Born shared their thoughts on the future of Collective Impact.

Join us this September to take the conversation further as we engage in the idea of Possible: These are days when the improbable can become the inevitable. 






Who Should Attend?

The Collective Impact Summit is for those who:

  • Are eager to accelerate the impact of their community change initiative in support of large-scale systems change

  • Establish and work collaboratively using a backbone structure

  • Work on complex issues such as: community health & well-being, poverty reduction, housing, environmental sustainability, education, neighborhood revitalization, crime prevention, local food systems, youth or aboriginal engagement

  • Are at any stage in the development of a collective impact effort: start up, formation, growth or renewal

  • Are alumni of Tamarack’s Collective Impact or Communities Collaborating Institute gatherings

  • Are policy makers or key supporters of collective impact work: including businesses; funders; national, provincial or regional governments; or intermediary organizations

  • Manage or volunteer with a collective impact initiative or roundtable

  • Are eager to accelerate their understanding of collective impact and receive a certificate acknowledging their collective impact learning


Learning Together

The Collective Impact Summit is an exclusive opportunity to accelerate your effectiveness at leading and implementing a Collective Impact approach to realize its full potential in your community. As a participant of the Collective Impact Summit, you will join a unique peer learning community that bridges the link between theory and practice. You will: participate in small group learning lab discussions; be inspired by world-renowned thought leaders; engage in highly-participatory and practical workshops; and, learn and share case studies that illustrate Collective Impact in action. In addition, the Collective Impact Summit will offer daily “Tips and Tools” sessions provide you with plenty of resources that you can take home and apply immediately.  

This year we engage in the idea of Possible: These are days when the improbable can become the inevitable. Collective impact is more than a set of ideas to improve community outcomes. It is a belief that transformation is possible and real. By harnessing the power of collective wisdom and multi sector collaboration, it is the most advanced form of human collaboration known to us.

Possible: When the Improbable becomes the Inevitable

StacyStewartWe will be joined by Stacey Stewart who is the US President of United Way Worldwide. Stacey drives the strategic direction for the United Way in the US, working with leaders throughout the network to drive community impact in the areas of education, income and health - the building blocks essential to quality of life for all citizens. Stacey leads the United Way movement in the United States in its implementation of the collective impact framework and understands how critical impact strategies are in transforming communities. A dynamic change leader, Stacey brings a wealth of experiences to the role of US President for United Way Worldwide including a prior appointment as Vice President, community impact leadership with the United Way and President and CEO of the Fannie Mae Foundation. 

Shared Measurement

Fay_Hanleybrown_CircleYou asked for it - we made the change! Shared Measurement is one of the most difficult aspects of Collective Impact and we’re bringing two of North America's foremost experts on shared measurement and evaluating community impact to this year’s Collective Impact Summit. This will be an unprecedented session. 

Fay Hanleybrown, Managing Director at FSG currently leads FSG’s Seattle office and Collective Impact approach area. Fay has nearly 20 years of experience advising foundations, corporations, and non-profit clients across a range of issues, including strategy development, organizational development and evaluation. 

Mark_Cabaj_CircleMark Cabaj is a leading thinker on developmental evaluation and led one of Canada's largest Collective Impact initiatives. President of the consulting company From Here to There and an Associate of the Tamarack Institute, Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues.

In addition to leading our conversation on shared measurement, Mark and Faye will lead workshops each day of the Summit on specific topics related to the evaluation of Collective Impact.  Together, we will explore more than answers - there is a unique complexity in getting shared measurement right and the field has a long way to go in building the techniques and skills required to make this work. 

Collective Impact as a Social Innovation Strategy

AlElmanskiAl Etmanski is an internationally bestselling author and Canada’s thought leader on social innovation. Al has just released his latest book Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation which will be shared with all Summit participants. An author, blogger, advocate and social entrepreneur, Al has specialized in innovative, multi-sector solutions to solving complex social challenges. Al is a founder of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation’s Social Innovation Generation (SIG) initiative. SiG is dedicated to scaling innovative solutions to deeply rooted social problems. He brings unprecedented expertise from the social innovation field as the co-founder of the Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) which has supported the creativity of families to address the financial and social well-being of their relative with a disability. He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first Registered Disability Savings Program that has secured billions of dollars in benefit for people with disabilities. Al is an Ashoka fellow, and most recently was awarded the Order of Canada. 

We All Need to Work Differently to Achieve Collective Impact

KarenPittmanKaren Pittman has made a career of starting organizations and initiatives that promote youth development – including the Forum for Youth Investment, which she co-founded in 1998.  Karen is a sociologist and recognized leader in youth development with a career spanning appointments with the Urban Institute in the US, with the Clinton administration as the Director of the President’s Crime Prevention Council and with Gen. Colin Powell in creating America’s Promise. The Forum for Youth Investment has a mission of moving ideas to impact by leading the charge to create ready youth, ready communities and ready leaders.  Karen has written three books and dozens of articles about youth issues and most recently published an article in the Collective Impact Forum about aligning multiple collective impact efforts.  The Forum for Youth Investment is a go-to site for tools, strategies and collective impact approaches that move communities from improbable to inevitable.


Tamarack's facilitators will guide you through the week and lead workshops and discussions to help you to integrate new learning with your knowledge and experience.

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A Very Special Learning Experience

CIS_Quote3At Tamarack, we know that making positive change happen in communities is hard work. This is why we go to great lengths to design our learning events in ways that rejuvenate and offer unique team building experiences.

Our Learning Commons – which is where we gather, mingle, and network throughout the week – will look at collective impact through the eye of craft, and together we will dive in, get our hands dirty, and celebrate the joy of creating something with others. We will turn the intangible into works for art. We also bring in music, yoga, community conversations, inspiration and humour to provide a holistic learning experience that aims to restore both your body and your soul. Most importantly, we are serious about having fun, being optimistic, and nurturing hope by creating an opportunity for you to experience the joy of being part of a true learning community. 

The Westin takes great care to create an enjoyable culinary experience. The food is local when possible and the selection of food is healthy and decadent at the same time. The hotel is a 5 minute walk to the sky train which allows you to explore Vancouver effortlessly, taking you downtown in minutes. Our hotel is close to the airport and near the speed skating oval for the winter Olympics. Fabulous walks take you to the new modern China town where shops and restaurants await you.

Thursday night is the night of an amazing party. It is planned with our local partners and promises to be an experience you will not want to miss. It is a fun filled evening to celebrate our learning, eat great food, engage with entertainers, and dance late into the night.

The learning does not end there! Your Summit registration includes a one-year online learning program to support you in remaining connected to your fellow-learners and offers you a rich, ongoing opportunity to deepen your own learning as you translate your Summit knowledge and commitments into action in your work.




Join us!

The 2015 Collective Impact Summit will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Please ensure that you register early as last year's Collective Impact Summit was oversubscribed. We hope you can join us!

September 28 – October 2, 2015
Vancouver, BC

Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport
3099 Corvette Way
Richmond, BC
V6X 4K3

Reservations: 1-866-932-7742
Fax: (604) 303-6595 

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Thank you to our Keynote Speakers:

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Thank you to our Tamarack partners:

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