In Partnership with

Inspiring Communities

We’ve teamed up with the crew at Inspiring Communities to bring you three great workshops focused on Community-Led Development. You can participate in each workshop as a stand-alone session or take part in all four to make sure the puzzle pieces fit together.  Check out more from the awesome team at Inspiring Communities here.

Workshop 1: Facilitating Community-Led Change

With an emphasis on engaging all parts of the community and bringing together diverse people, voices, groups and sectors, community-led development can be challenging. Having the skills, confidence and tactics to convene creative and constructive big picture conversations is essential.

This workshop will focus on useful approaches, processes and ideas for bringing and keeping groups and teams together, having conversations that really matter – and having FUN. 

In this workshop you will discover:

  • Create cohesive groups
  • Polish your role as a facilitator
  • Explore approaches that build common agendas
  • Gather a variety of participation techniques for your tool kit
  • Deal with difficult behaviours and conflict

Facilitated by: Cissy Rock

Cissy has over 15 years’ experience working with communities and local government. She is a passionate agent for change and is committed to working with people to find ways for them to be visible and have a voice. Cissy’s strengths lie in professional community development supervision, coaching, facilitation and giving a variety of workshops covering facilitation, ideas into action, how to run great meetings, strategic planning and visioning.

What Others Say:

“Loved the moving groups.”

“I liked that it drew on strengths and knowledge in the room.”

“Cissy is a great neutral facilitator.”

“It was great to stretch ourselves by practising.”

Workshop 2: Leading Community-Led Change

Community-Led Development challenges our way of thinking, acting and leading. We need leadership from lots of different people, not just from a few exceptional people we call leaders. This workshop explores approaches and tools for thinking, acting and leading in complex situations, where leadership is possible for anyone committed to continuous learning on the job.

In this workshop you will:

  • Recognise your leadership strengths as an active citizen in your community.
  • Identify strategies for growing the leadership of a diversity of people.
  • Explore tools and strategies to make sense of challenging leadership situations.
  • Apply frameworks that help you decide how, where and if you might act in complex situations.
  • This workshop draws on the ‘Leadership as Learning’ framework.
  • This framework fosters deeper understanding of how to work with complexity and grow the leadership of everyone as active citizens.
  • Facilitated by: Margy-Jean Malcolm

What Others Say:

“A valuable and timely leadership learning day.”

“I loved how you empowered the collective’s knowledge.”

“A positive, gentle reminder of what is possible.”

Workshop 3: Connections and Collaboration

(Co-Creating and Maintaining Relationships at Your Place)

A community thrives when locals connect and collaborate to realise the potential of their place. Community-led development enables people to find, make and maintain relationships across diverse groups and sectors. Effective community engagement is more than consultation. It requires the vital elements of trust, observation, analysis and an ability to co-create vision and plan for change.r.

This workshop will help you:

  • Assess your community relationships. How do you engage and maintain a wide variety of connections?
  • Identify new allies, connections and influencers. Enhance what’s working and plan ways to widen your spheres of influence.
  • Apply tools to build and sustain stakeholder relationships
  • Establish steps to map and tap into the strengths of your wider community
  • Expand your capacity to hold and maintain diverse relationships
  • Facilitated by: Kindra Douglas

What Others Say:

“An opportunity to learn new connection and collaborative skills in a friendly and well-presented workshop – engaging and fun while focused on learning.”

“The workshop started with a buzz and a real sense of connection that bridged the new people into the room into a collective group”

“Inspirational and interactive with great facilitation from Kindra – she made the workshop come alive”.

Upcoming Workshops

Connections & Collaboration – Whakatane

June 25 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

$69 per person (for non-profit and community groups) $220 per person...

Whakatane Council Chambers
Whakatane District Council
14 Commerce Street, Whakatane 3120 New Zealand
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Leading in Communities – Tauranga

August 19 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

FREE (for non-profit and community groups inside Tauranga City ̵...

Village Hall
Historic Village
Tauranga, Bay of Plenty New Zealand
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