Tackling Complex Social Problems with Mark Cabaj

12 May 2015, 9:30 AM - 22 May 2015, 4:30 PM

International community change expert Mark Cabaj will be facilitating a series of workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Each workshop will focus on the application of key principles of the complexity-based community change theory. This workshop series focuses on the growing shift in the social sector towards applying complexity science to place-based community change efforts. Mark Cabaj, President of consulting company From Here to There, will teach participants basic and advanced principles and tools that will help them employ an adaptive approach in their work.


Participants will learn the key principles of complexity theory and to understand the differences between simple, complicated and complex social problems. Discussions will centre on framing complex social problems that will enable social change actors to better lead and act in their work. He will also share practical tools to help participants develop and evaluate community change efforts.

What will participants take away from this event?

  • Understand the differences between simple, complicated and complex social problems.
  • Learn the key principles of complexity theory as it applies to place-based community change efforts
  • Have complex social problems re-framed in a way to help lead and act better
  • Acquire practical tools to help you develop and evaluate your community change effort

Who is this event for?

  • Managers and professionals working in the not-for-profit sector
  • Strategic leaders and executives from all tiers of the the corporate sector
  • Public administrators, public service executives and policy managers

About Mark Cabaj

Mark Cabaj is the President of the consulting company From Here to There, past Vice President (and currently) Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.

Mark's current focus is on developing practical ways to assist groups understand, plan and evaluate policies, programs and initiatives that address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly focused on expanding the ideas and practice of developmental evaluation, a new approach to evaluation which emphasizes learning and design thinking in emerging and sometimes fast-moving environments.

Mark brings experience from a variety of sectors. In the 1990s, he served as the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in Poland's Ministry of Privatization, was the Mission Coordinator for the United Nations Development Program's first regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe, and worked with International Privatization Group-Price Waterhouse. In Canada, he was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region's Opportunities 2000 project – an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multisectoral approach to poverty reduction – and served briefly as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet). From 2002-2010, he was the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada and a Director at Tamarack.

  • Event Type: None
  • Time: 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: To be confirmed
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