Ways to Tailor Your Learning

Vibrant Communities Canada-Cities Reducing Poverty members can customize learning in ways that:

  • Provides a variety of learning options and styles
  • Encourages contributions to the learning of others
  • Facilitates the exchange ideas and perspectives with others in this field
  • Enables members to join others in building - and deepening - our collective body of knowledge about community engagement, multi-sector collaboration and poverty reduction

On this page you'll find:

Quick Tips for Customizing Your Learning

One of the most exceptional elements of this site is the ability it provides you to connect with other people and cities engaged in poverty reduction work as multi sector roundtables.

On this site you have the ability to discuss ideas; pose and respond to questions; and, find others whose work mirrors your own. You'll also discover new ideas and find resources to support you as you work; be encouraged to share your own insights and tools; and, engage with thought-leaders and innovators within the field.

To make the most of the site, take full advantage of the exclusive access you have to:

  1. Create a personal profile and link with other community members based on topics of shared interest; or meet members of your own community - who may be working on related issues.
  2. Communicate your thoughts, ideas and questions in blog posts. And comment on others' posts to continue a conversation on a shared topic of interest.
  3. Submit publications, links and other resources to build the community library.
  4. Register for Tamarack events. We offer tele-learning sessions, training opportunities, peer and in-person learning events on a range of topics fundamental to the work of community collaboration and change.
  5. Join with others by creating a learning community or create and join groups to more deeply explore questions, topics of interest and other issues.

You can customize this site to suit your preferred learning style. If you are:

  • A Visual Learner - check out the library to find a range of articles and other resources you can read organized by relevant topic areas and keyword tags
  • An Auditory Learner - our audio seminars let you listen to a wealth of information and insights organized on a range of key topic areas
  • A Kinaesthetic Learner - posting a blog to share your thoughts, ideas and questions may be the best way to crystallize your own learning - as well as generate an insight for another community member. Or, you could attend one of the many face-to-face learning events to meet other members of this community in person.

Fields of of Study

This site focuses on three core fields of study. They are:

  • Poverty Reduction – Poverty is a complex issue, and as such, requires strategic, place based and multi-sector efforts to create change.
  • Multi-Sector Collaboration - People working collaboratively, through inspired action and learning, drawing strength from each other and from the diversity of their perspectives to create and realize bold visions for their common future
  • Comprehensive Community Change - In these complex times, the quality of engagement influences the quality of our decisions and ultimately, our outcomes. Its fundamental premise is that "the thinking that got us into complex social challenges is not the thinking that will get us out."

While each of these fields offers a rich source of learning and exploration in its own right, we are also intrigued by what is made possible through the dynamic inter-play between these three fields and the synergies that are created when they are utilized together.

Finding the Content You Need Now

Whatever your particular learning need, the site's various topic areas, tags and search functions are all designed to help you to quickly and easily access the information that you are looking for.

Going Deeper

It has often been said, "If you want to learn...teach." In this same spirit, the member blogs invite you to teach others about what you are learning and expand your learning through comments and questions. This, together with the site's features to capture individual reflections; engage in dialogue; share questions and insights; and, observe the richness and diversity of this online community's collective experience provides an ideal forum to facilitate poverty reduction efforts across the country.