Changing systems.
Centering equity.

Inspiring Communities is an equity-centered systems change leader in Atlantic Canada.

We recognize that our current systems and institutions don’t work for the people who need them most. We believe that collective action is essential, so we innovatively connect communities. We create collaborative systems partnerships and measure our impact. To ensure our effectiveness and sustainability, we maintain a strong core.

We engage in reflective evaluation practices to learn from our experiments, integrate that learning into our work, and share what we’ve learned through our regional and national networks.
We are a not-for-profit organization based in Nova Scotia.

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Our Areas of Focus

We support systems change efforts through:

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Strengthening Community Connections

We strengthen community connections, whether communities are geographically co-located or they are joined in common purpose.

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Building on our Collaboration Success

We know that relationships and partnerships are key to leveraging the power of communities.

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Demonstrating our Impact

We evaluate to understand what our impact is and what we have learned, and communicate this clearly.

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Modeling Equitable, Efficient & Sustainable Processes

We know that when our core is strong and functioning well, our communities and initiatives are better served.

Our Vision: Equitable, Thriving Communities

Positive social change is happening across the Atlantic region, that is based on new voices at the table, capacity to act, and a culture of collaboration.

There is so much great work happening in Atlantic Canada. We see innovative, fresh ideas and the desire and vision to change how problems are addressed. We also understand the realities of limited resources, inequities and operational demands that exist for local changemakers. That’s where we come in. We offer a space for social change leaders and initiatives in communities to experiment in a learning environment, receive administrative and evaluation support, share experiences with their peers, and develop their capacity to act. We bring those with lived experience, community organizations, government, businesses and changemakers together, to collectively solve the complex social problems we face today. We are strengthening collaborative systems change efforts in Atlantic Canada. 

Together, a more equitable, thriving future is possible for all communities in Atlantic Canada.

Our Guiding Principles Find out more >

Today, more than ever, we need to work differently. Together we can find better ways of thinking that lead to better ways of creating positive change. The Inspiring Communities approach focuses on taking the time to develop trusted relationships, from which real change can grow. We are working to change embedded structures, power dynamics and approaches to problem-solving - that can't, and won't, be done overnight.

  • Equity, Inclusion & Representation

    We act for social justice. Our work is driven by equity to improve social inclusion. We are mindful of the need for reconciliation.

  • Starting from Strengths

    We start from the belief that all individuals and communities have a wealth of assets.

  • Lifelong Learning

    We are curious and open to innovation. We trust the process. We learn from each other.

  • Intentionality

    We make time to get to know each other. We mind the pace. Sometimes that means slowing down, and sometimes it means speeding up. We take care to establish trust and understanding in our work because we know it is essential for collaborative change.

  • Mutual Benefit/Reciprocity

    We know working for change isn’t always easy.  We know we need each other to go far. We approach relationships with an intention for mutual / collective benefit to achieve greater outcomes than we could individually.

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