Inspiring communities is an organisation that catalyses locally-led change. Because this achieves sustainable, effective outcomes.

We are a team of specialists in community-led development. We use our experience and expertise to mentor, broker, train and connect communities to become even better places to live, work and invest in.

Inspiring Communities is a backbone organisation, we operate across many sectors at multiple levels. We are the reference point for community-led development in New Zealand, building on international and local practice-based evidence to grow and share expertise.


Ready Set Go!

An Introduction to Community-led Development
Facilitated by Denise Bijoux, Inspiring Communities.
What is it? Why work in this way? How to get started? What to do? Using real life examples, this two day workshop is for people who would like to get a sound understanding of Community-led Development (CLD) and how to use it.

Croissants and Community

We’re launching new workshops for public sector officials. Engaging with communities is a pivotal but often misunderstood element that requires working differently,. These workshops will look at how to achieve sustainable local change.

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Our Theory of Change

Our Theory illustrates how sustainable change happens using a CLD approach- beginning by understanding that all communities have the ability to thrive and that effective change is dynamic.

A CLD Election Manifesto

We are asking all political parties to put local solutions advocated by local communities more at the centre. We have called for a number of actions that we believe will enable Government to act more as a partner.

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Latest Stories

  • Our Theory of Change
    June 22, 2017
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From the blog

I’ve been thinking…

All evaluation is cultural – whether it be ethnic, sectoral or geographic — and each has a different of knowing, different ways of gathering and making sense of information. Evaluations are always stronger if they include multiple cultural lenses – they reveal different things.

I’ve been thinking…

One of our IC team members was asked recently if there would be time at our Activate event to talk with communities about what kind of information government agencies could give them that would be useful the answer of course is yes!

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