A Conversation: Community Change in the Midst of a Pandemic

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute, based in Waterloo, Ontario. I met Liz several years ago at the first collective impact “Champions for Change” event in Cincinnati. Since that time I have had the opportunity to get to know Liz, work with her, and even do some writing with her. In the early days of the pandemic, when it became apparent just how disruptive it would be, I knew that I would want to have at least one conversation with Liz about its impact on community change work.

I have been able to have several conversations with her about the impact of the pandemic since last Spring when the Coronavirus National Emergency was announced here in the U.S. The most recent conversation was on October 5th and she agreed to let me capture it on video. We talked about the impact of the pandemic on community change work, how groups are adapting, and leadership styles that may be most useful during this time. It is a 35 minute video and I hope you will take time to watch it.

Recently Liz and a couple of folks from The Civic Canopy, published a paper titled Leadership for Navigating Uncertainty. It is a nice complement to the video. I hope you take a few minutes to check both out.

Because the COVID-19 Pandemic is Not Done With Us…

Just a reminder….early in the pandemic I started building out a page on my website titled Work in the Time of COVID-19. On this page I have put a number of free resources especially for nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and their leaders. As the pandemic appears to be “ramping up again,” they may continue to be useful to you. Let me be clear:

  • All of these resources are free of charge.
  • I am not posting anything that should cost you any money.
  • You are welcome to share them with others and distribute them as widely as you like.

There is only one thing I ask.

The pieces I have done in collaboration with Patrick Jinks, Charles Weathers, Cayci Banks, and Forrest Alton need to be credited and links provided to each of our websites: 1000 Feathers, The Jinks Perspective, The Weathers Group, and Tenacious Change, LLC. The videos, the articles, and the things yet to come are a labor of love. They are not copyrighted. They are in the public domain for you and others to use. We only ask for credit and links.

On my Work in the Time of COVID-19 webpage I have already done the crediting and created the links. If you wish, you can simply share the link to that page to save yourself the effort of crediting and linking. However, if you want to embed the documents and the videos on your own website, please remember to credit and link. That’s all we’re asking. And that’s it! Thank you!

Stay safe, be well, keep calm, keep washing your hands, keep wearing your mask, and keep striving for justice, peace, and health for all.


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