I've been in rainy Calgary attending three days of workshops with the guru of utilization-focused evaluation, Michael Quinn Patton and also Frances Westley, JW McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. While the training is related to my consulting work, I couldn't help but also try to apply what I was learning to municipal work. Lots to think about and process.
Patton and Westley are co-authors, with Brenda Zimmerman, of a book on social innovation called Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed (2006). Zimmerman is one of the speakers at the Tamarack Communities Collaborating Institute that I'm attending in September in Kitchener, Ontario.