A New Program to Help Non-profit Organizations & Municipalities Tackle Social Change
For immediate release
December 9, 2022
Vancouver, BC – Intercultural Strategies—renowned for its work in helping community leaders create frameworks that support social, environmental, and systemic change—will launch Roadmap for Community Change in January, a new program that provides a roadmap for non-profits, educators, community developers and social planners to build an effective social change strategy for efforts to address social problems in their communities.
Today, many organizations are seeking new ways to address deeply rooted and complex problems—not the least of which may include discrimination, disability awareness & inclusion, bullying, poverty, homelessness, climate action, the overdose crisis and loneliness. Addressing these issues can be a daunting task, especially within an uncertain economy when securing funding to influence social change is extremely difficult.
Registrants will join a cohort of leaders, social planners, educators, and community developers who are passionate about addressing complex social issues. Together, they will join Jessie Sutherland, guest speakers, and other participants once a week for a month to learn the steps in creating an effective social change strategy customized to each individual’s community and organizational priorities.
Roadmap For Community Change is a training program delivered through an award-winning framework that can be adapted to diverse organizations and social change efforts. They will hear from guest speakers; share community change ideas; get feedback from peers and a panel of funders; and have access to planning tools, workplan examples, and budget templates.
“Many systems, policies and practices in combination with outdated attitudes and behaviours contribute to the social and environmental challenges facing our communities,” says Jessie Sutherland, Director & Founder of Intercultural Strategies. “What we do is offer proven solutions to help an organization’s staff and stakeholders do their best work together, generate innovative ideas and ultimately increase an organization’s effectiveness and impact.”
“We recognize the challenge is different for every organization, but the common elements involve listening to the people most impacted by any given social or environmental problem and supporting their voice and leadership. Then, we act on what we hear through leveraging our strengths and resources to create community change together,” adds Sutherland.
This program’s uniqueness lies in its proven 7-step roadmap that has a track record of creating lasting personal and system change and has reached over 2.5 million people in over 8 languages through supporting and amplifying the voice of people with lived experience. The program director will share insights from over 30 years of designing, facilitating and supporting social change strategies locally, nationally and internationally.
For more information about the Community Change program, please visit: https://www.communitychange.ca/
About Intercultural Strategies:
At Intercultural Strategies, we help leaders and organizations build cultures of belonging so that you can leverage everyone's strengths and, TOGETHER, create change to address your priority social, environmental, or system challenges. For more information about International Strategies, please visit: https://interculturalstrategies.ca/
About Jessie Sutherland:
An international speaker, trainer, and consultant, Jessie Sutherland works with organizations and communities to engage diversity, build belonging, and ignite intercultural collaboration. Jessie holds an M.A. in Dispute Resolution and is the founder of Intercultural Strategies and Innovation award-winning Belonging Matters capacity-building framework. She is also a TEDx speaker and author of the best-selling book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out, that has been used to help organizations advocate for new pathways to achieve Canada’s TRC Calls to Action.
Contact: Jessie Sutherland