Network Building for Social Change
The work of Inspiring Communities first began in Nova Scotia as a result of seeing how progress on social problems has been limited by old patterns of working in silos. Government departments can do more to work horizontally on the issues that touch them all. Community organizations work better together and with other sectors for greater impact. And, resident voices need to show up in more meaningful ways. This recognition led to our involvement in place-based work in three sites using the Collective Impact framework.
The problem of needing to connect across divides is not limited to Nova Scotia, or to particular communities. We know that social change efforts often remain disconnected and fragmented, so opportunities are missed to develop shared learning, pooled resources and a collective voice. We also need more opportunities to learn about how to do work in complex, collaborative contexts. While signs of positive social impact are emerging, it is a difficult environment for funders and policymakers to navigate, and we risk failing due to being under-resourced and under-valued.
Building an Atlantic Ecosystem
In early 2019, with support from the McConnell Foundation, we began building a supportive ecosystem to connect community changemakers in Atlantic Canada. We’ll aim to experiment with and scale good ideas, learn from one another, and amplify existing efforts.
Launched in 2019, WeavEast is a regional platform for connecting and serving people and organizations who are making positive social change in Atlantic Canada.