9:00am to 4:00pm
42 Carden Street
Learn how to effectively engage and empower equity-seeking populations in your community
This workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the theory and practice behind engaging equity-seeking populations in your community (e.g., rural youth, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, Indigenous communities etc.), identify the community connections and relationships that are required for effective engagement, and share resources and learnings with each other. Through a mix of presentations, interactive exercises, and reflection, you'll learn tangible ways that you can engage these populations in a safe, respectful, and collaborative way.
What Will I Learn?
Through a mix of engaging presentations, peer learning, and interactive exercises, you will learn:
- An overview of different types of engagement ranging from informing to empowering, and when each type of engagement may be most appropriate
- Principles and appropriate practices for engaging equity-seeking populations based on best practices from across Canada
- Practical strategies for reaching hard-to-reach populations, including various forms of recruitment and alternatives to in-person meetings
- Approaches for meaningful engagement once populations have been recruited – how to go beyond town hall meetings to authentically engage with these populations so that they are respected and heard
Who Is This Workshop For?
This workshop is for anyone in the public or voluntary sector who:
- Is seeking authentic ways of connecting with diverse populations in your community
- Is interested in driving community change or a social good that has an impact on equity-seeking populations
- Leads or manages programs (including their development and ongoing implementation), organizations, or community engagement activities
Galen MacLusky is a Consulting Director of the Tamarack Institute’s Community Innovation Idea Area. He is passionate about working with community organizations to help build and scale new ideas that deepen their impact. An experienced design, innovation, and co-creation consultant, at the core of his work are approaches that help organizations engage with those who are impacted by their services and test new programs and services with minimal investment. Over the past five years, Galen has used these approaches to help Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations across North America reinvent the services and programs they provide. Galen is an experienced human-centred design coach and holds a Master’s degree in Engineering Design and Innovation from Northwestern University.