Launched in 2019, WeavEast is a regional platform for connecting and serving people and organizations who are making positive social change in Atlantic Canada.
In 2018, a group of changemakers from across the Atlantic provinces wanted to make real progress on critical social problems that have been challenged in this region by a lack of collaboration. With their guidance a backbone team was formed in partnership with Inspiring Communities. and was funded for 3 years to build and support a platform for making change.
The WeavEast platform will develop shared learning, pool resources and offer a collective voice from Atlantic Canada in regional and national conversations. Our work will create a new ecosystem for funders and policymakers to engage with as we continue to do this complex, collaborative work.
Actors in the ecosystem
Participants: Those doing important work in communities but not yet working regionally, or able to contribute to work focused on systems change because their attention is focused on the survival of specific programs or services for their clients.
Supporters: People who recognize injustice in the systems around them, even when those systems are serving them just fine.
Contributors: Those who are determined to move to action; personally and/or organizationally ready to begin taking part in change making work.
Change makers: People who are well past thinking and are fully invested in doing. They have chosen a strategy, and are taking action and are willing to experiment when the path is unclear.
Who do we support?
The term “social innovator” is difficult to define. We are drawn to this definition offered in “Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed” (Westley, Simmermand & Patton, 2006):
Some active, caring person becomes increasingly distressed by some problem, injustice or situation (homelessness, social isolation, poverty, environmental (in)justice, food security). That person decides that something must be done. The impossibility of things staying as they are gives birth to the possibility of change and from this rises a social innovator.