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.


Upcoming 2018 workshops – save the dates!

Here’s a list of our upcoming workshops. Save the dates!

2018 CLD Skills Workshops

We’re working with Exult, to bring you these workshops: Facilitating Community-led Change; Leading in Communities and Connections & Collaboration.

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The Pūkeko Centre: A shared vision in East Christchurch

The Parklands community in East Christchurch was badly affected by the 2011 earthquakes. This is a story of how two unlikely collaborators came together to create something new for the whole community, using a community-led approach.

Jim Diers available to come to Aotearoa

Jim Diers is available to come back to Aotearoa New Zealand from 11th – 18th August. Always popular, Jim can run workshops, masterclasses or sessions with your team.

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Latest Stories

  • The Pūkeko Centre: A shared vision in East Christchurch
    June 11, 2018
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From the blog

Our new CLD Capability Framework

Most community-led development (CLD) learning comes from practical experience – from doing it in and with communities – not from formal qualifications. Our CLD Capability Framework helps us clearly name the skills and practice behaviours, attitudes and values that really matter.

I’ve been thinking….

Many years ago, when I was frustrated with how ABCD could be applied in transient communities, ….I met Mike. He explained to me that leading by stepping back is not leading from an organisational perspective, it’s not pushing community-led work from behind but, it’s still more than ‘walking beside’ community members; it’s a container, it’s a safety net, it’s a dance!

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