What The Heck Is Combinatorial?

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Best known for developing the Theory of General Relativity, Albert Einstein once stated that innovation is combinatorial. 

As he suggested, combinatorial is about

being alert and awake to the world in order to collect cross-disciplinary building blocks such as observations of successes and promising practices, the research of others, sparks of inspiration, and other existing ideas — that ideally we then combine and recombine, to create something new. 

It is from this kind of messy and vast multi-sectoral pool of resources that the Campus for Communities of the Future has been able to build unique, relevant, and practical training focused on community building to help grow organizations, neighbourhoods, and communities. We've done it by standing on the shoulders of some amazing change agents across the country. Its only fitting then that we begin with a big thank you to some pretty smart community leaders across the country.

What Have We Learned from Leaders Across the Country?

We've learned that communities only grow and develop when their leaders learn how to adapt to changing conditions and become more future-focused.

Additionally, today's complex health, social, economic, and environmental challenges require community leaders — with or without a title — at all levels able to work across sectors to collaborate and drive community-led initiatives, collective impact, and large scale, transformative change. Along the way we also learned that holistic or systemic approaches for making that a reality and addressing root causes are hard to find.

Without systemic change it will become increasingly challenging to help people grow and be healthy, stimulate economic growth, build strong families and communities, provide opportunities for those who are disadvantaged, protect the environment, and add to the quality of life in our communities.

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