WeavEast is a regional network of people and organizations who are making positive social change in Atlantic Canada. By connecting changemakers across the region, we help strengthen relationships, reduce fragmentation, amplify each other’s work and catalyze collaborative efforts for social change.
Starting in 2019, with support from the McConnell Foundation, we began building a supportive ecosystem to connect changemakers and their work. We became the backbone organization for getting this network off the ground to meet the need for a trusted, locally-led community for social innovators. There were many signs that leaders in our region were seeking collaboration and our assumptions were validated throughout the first year by a diverse and quickly growing support for a regional network. We aim to experiment with and scale good ideas, learn from one another, and amplify existing efforts.
What do we mean by changemakers? These are the individuals, groups, and organizations around Atlantic Canada that are ‘rocking the boat.’ They’re challenging outdated ways of working and traditional lines of command. They’re developing new approaches for tackling long standing social issues. And, most importantly they’re working towards a society that is designed to benefit everyone.
WeavEast’s ongoing priorities are to:
- To continue to connect and convene social innovators of Atlantic Canada
- To expand the network
- To support collaborative efforts that work to address the following regional systemic issues:
- Policies that restrict the work and potential impact of changemakers
- Bridge the gaps between communities ,changemakers, and decision makers
- Shift negative narratives within our region
We believe that our region will be better off when strong, genuine relationships go beyond the boundaries of race, age, culture, geography and socio-economic status. Building relationships and bridging divides are the foundation from which we work: real change will come from connecting and supporting those who are on the ground strengthening and healing our communities.
Community leaders across the region are ready for change. There is a desire to link arms and break down divides, and to shift from a mindset of scarcity to abundance. We believe that by finding ways to support these connections we could weave together a more impactful and resilient region based on trusting relationships and shared learning.
We know we won’t get it right every step of the way but we want to set a foundation of holding the space for new thinking, partnerships and actions that is based on the spirit of connectedness.