Accidental Friendships & Opportunities Await

Visit the website at Community Change Experience. Updates are added regularly.

In September 2016 Dupree Jackson and Tom Klaus were learning group leaders at a Tamarack Institute event in Canada. They met for the first time at a welcome dinner sponsored by Tamarack and had several other opportunities to talk and get acquainted throughout the week. They were colleagues who became friends.

Six years later Dupree and Tom are working together on the Community Change Experience. Both are members of the Core Planning Group. Tom is the convenor and Dupree is co-emceeing the event with Lisa Attygalle of Tamarack, another member of the Core Planning Group. 

You see, you never know who you will meet at events like the Community Change Experience. Nor can you predict what those chance meetings, acquaintances, and friendships will lead to. Dupree, Lisa, and Tom all got acquainted at a Tamarack event in Canada.

Who might you meet at the CCE and what greater good might come of it? Come to the CCE at Delray Beach and find out. It’s not too late to register and book your room. 

Now, Finish Strong…Reserve Your Room!

Call the Opal Grand Resort at 866.240.6326 (and mention the Community Change Experience) or book your room online

The Community Change Experience program and learning agenda is now available to be viewed on the Community Change Experience website.

The Community Change Experience is a multi-day, in-person gathering designed to equip you with the tools, strategies, and resources you need to lead community change.

  • Learn how to catalyze and foster shared ownership, accountability, and stewardship for community-led change initiatives  
  • Experience the work of community partners in Palm Beach County who recently won the 2021 Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation  

Taking place in beautiful Palm Beach Country, the Community Change Experience is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with Peer-to-peer learning with a diverse learning community, and features:

  • Plenary discussions 
  • Immersive community experiences 
  • Interactive workshops 
  • Artistic performances by local Palm Beach County artists  
  • Beautiful food and celebration  

Choose from Several Unique Immersive Learning Experiences

To center and honor community power, CCE participants will have the option to register for one of three Palm Beach County site visits. Each site will offer examples of resident-led projects, initiatives and programs that enhance community wellbeing in creative ways.

During next month’s Community Change Experience (CCE) in Delray Beach, Florida, participants will have the opportunity to participate in one of several immersive learning experiences. An “immersive learning experience” is a lot like a field trip but with the added benefit of connecting you with people who are working in their communities in real time. On Wednesday, October 26, in the midst of the CCE, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in an immersive learning experience in one of the following settings of your choice: 

The Set, The City of Delray Beach
With a long history of community organizing, The Set is the historically black community in Delray Beach consisting of 29 neighborhoods. The community-driven transformation plan is a powerful example of the assets, vision, and interests this community holds. Experience a range of efforts grounded in this community-driven vision – from the enhancement of education and public spaces, to addressing housing and behavioral health – all while honoring the community’s history. 

The City of Lake Worth Beach
Known for its vibrant downtown and distinctive neighborhoods, you will learn from community-led efforts focused on increasing unity, safety, and a sense of belonging through the built environment. Beginning with concentrated efforts in the Whispering Palms neighborhood, community-led projects such as neighborhood clean-up, the Adopt-A-Street program, and investments in parks have led to strong ties between residents and the city government. It has cultivated community agency to advocate the change they want to see for a thriving, equitable community. 

The Glades Region
Located in the western part of Palm Beach County, the Glades region is a rural and primarily agricultural area that includes the three communities of South Bay, Belle Glade, and Pahokee, as well as unincorporated areas. The area is known for its expansive sugarcane fields and natural western border of the vast Lake Okeechobee. The Glades region is working to change the communities’ narratives from that of poverty, isolation, and hopelessness to strength and hope for all generations. 

These immersive learning experiences are more reasons the Community Change Experience is NOT your typical conference.

The Community Change Experience is an event for community change practitioners from across North America, beginning on the evening of October 24th and ending on the afternoon of October 27th. By intention it is designed to be an experience for immersive learning, celebration, and facilitated peer learning. 

    Registration is happening now!

    Register Here!

    Registration fee includes light breakfasts, lunch, snacks, and some hot beverages

    • Individual: $795.00 US
    • Group: $695.00 (per person for five or more from the same collaborative)

    Book Your Room at the Opal Grand Here!

    All rooms are discounted to $209 (plus applicable taxes and fees) until October 3. Book your room before then to save!

    Book online or call 866-240-6316 and mention the “Community Change Experience” to get the event rate.

    Click here to follow CCE developments as they happen!


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    Tenacious Change Website Upgrade and Update

    We’ve been doing some updating and upgrading of our website. If you haven’t been there for a while, check it out here. It isn’t finished yet, but we think you are going to like what we’ve been doing.

    While you are there, check out our Consultation, Workshop, and Training page where you can learn about our core offerings and services. On the first page of that section, we offer some questions to help you think through what you need and how we can help. We also have an attractive PDF version of this section you can download, print, and share with others on your team or in your organization. 

    Now, how can we help you make change happen for the greater good in your community or organization?

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