The workshop was developed by Innoweave and TAMARACK and was hosted by BC Healthy Communities. There were five tables of us, each working on a different "wicked" problem.
I was with a group I've been part of for the last while, tackling the issue of climate change, adaptation and mitigation and how to assist and protect vulnerable populations.
"Collective Impact enables a group of organizations to address a major challenge by developing and working toward a common agenda that fundamentally changes population level outcomesin a community. When successful, communities solve big complex challenges (e.g.youth unemployment, low graduation rates, poverty) or make substantial societal shifts (e.g. more sustainable food systems) by creating a shared multi sector understanding of the problem, a common vision and an action plan with shared measurements and reinforcing activities." Innoweave
I am so often struck by the dedication and commitment of the people of Cowichan to making change for our community. There were physician's, social workers, ED's and board members of community benefit organizations (aka non-profits) and local government leaders and employees.
Issues groups are tackling include healthy pregnancy and birth outcomes, physical literacy (basically getting kids moving again) mental health and wellness, social housing and the climate issue.
We worked in our small groups and got instructions on next steps to take our issues to the next level.
Key to it all is inclusion and forming relationships. To that end, don't forget about Walk of the Nations.
Social Planning along with community partners Cowichan Intercultural Society and Hiiye'yu Lelum - House of Friendship Society are excited to announce the dates for the 8th Annual Walk of Nations Saturday, May 30, 2015. Plan your cultural dress, the walk route will be a little shorter this year than last but will end at Centennial Park where we will celebrate over food from the pizza oven and cultural activities and performances. Forming relationships will help prepare us to solve those 'wicked' problems.
Today off to another workshop, put on by Social Planning Cowichan on a social policy framework for the Cowichan Valley. I feel so blessed to be learning so much more than I ever imagined when I stood for office almost four years ago.