September 29, 2016

The first workshop that I attended this week at Tamarack Institute’s 2016 Community Change Institute demonstrated a simple tool for working with multiple stakeholders in a collaborative way.

The first step in the process, Liz Weaver explained, is to have the stakeholder...

September 28, 2016

The theme of the 2016 Community Change Institute (CCI) hosted by the Tamarack Institute is “Disruption.” 

The word disruption can evoke a mixed set of emotions.  On one hand it may evoke anxiety.  As Mark Cabaj shared in his introduction at CCI, we, humans, are har...

September 27, 2016

The Tamarack Institute is a keen, thoughtful, and deep observer of how community change happens at the beginning of the 21st century, while also being participants in, and facilitators of, that community change.

Through the generosity of the Assisi Foundation of Memphis...

May 17, 2016

 Jean Handley is a Memphis-based communications specialist who practices a communications model known as Mindful Communication. On June 8, Jean will be joining CTC to offer a special one-day workshop called Dialogue Strategies for Transforming Conflict, based on the Mi...

March 31, 2016

Memphis is a city rife with crime, poverty, and blight. One of the most obese cities in America and one of the least educated. A city with vast social and economic inequality, a city of racial injustice and racial exclusion, a city of corrupt politics. Memphis has alwa...

March 4, 2016

Sometimes I get strange looks when I tell people where I work. “Center for Transforming Communities? So that’s what you do? Transform communities?” they’ll ask, with raised eyebrows. 

Well, yes. And not exactly.

In the time I’ve been here, I’ve learned that a lot of thou...

July 10, 2015

Note: This is the third in a series of blog posts describing lessons learned during our time with DeAmon Harges and Mike Mather of Broadway United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. To read the first post, a reflection on Acts 3:1-10 and the importance of “looking inten...