Our June newsletter

Here’s Inspiring Communities’ June 2018 newsletter, just in case you missed it! All the latest news here.

Weaving our Strengths forum report

We thought you’d be interested in our report from the Weaving our Strengths forum, which we curated, on 24th May 2018, working alongside co-hosts the J R McKenzie Trust and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
ThWeaving our Strengths forum report Inspiring Communitiese J R McKenzie Trust and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner invited a range of stakeholders from the children’s sector, government, philanthropic sector, service providers, community groups and those with lived experiences to a one-day hui in Wellington, on reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing. The day was managed and curated by Inspiring Communities. The day aimed to:

  • strengthen relationships and encourage people to work together to identify solutions and opportunities to overcome what causes and perpetuates child poverty
  • create an environment to better understand a range of experiences and perspectives of child poverty and child wellbeing, and
  • inform work on child poverty reduction and the development of the Child Wellbeing Strategy, and encourage participants to engage in the consultation.

See the full report here.

Weaving our Strengths forum report Inspiring CommunitiesSee illustrations and photos from the day here.




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. Let us know if you’d like to host him at your place!
For more details: Jim Diers flyer_Aug 2018.

Jim Diers available to come to Aotearoa Inspiring Communities

From Complexity to Collaboration: a new paper


From Complexity to Collaboration: a new paper Inspiring Communities

Donna Provoost, Chair of the Inspiring Communities Board

Using a community-led development lens, this paper discusses public policy and implementation for complex problems such as child poverty. It brings in the principles of CLD as it asks government to act differently and to recognise the value of local wisdom when working with those most affected by social, economic and environmental issues.

Ideas from Inspiring Communities (Donna Provoost is our Chair), Whānau Ora, Vibrant Communities Canada, the Scottish Community Development Centre and more are included.

From Complexity to Collaboration: Creating the New Zealand we want for ourselves, and enabling future generations to do the same for themselves A provocation for policy process change by Elizabeth Eppel, Girol Karacaoglu1 and Donna Provoost, Wellington: School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington.

Read the full paper here: Complexity to collaboration.


Our May newsletter

Have you read our May newsletter yet? For all the latest news, workshops and resources, check it out here. If you’d like to get our news direct to your inbox and find out about special events in your region, sign up at the bottom of this page.
Our May newsletter Inspiring Communities

Our April newsletter

Titiro whakamuriKokiri whakamua
Look back and reflect
So you can move forward

This year we celebrate our ten year anniversary! In recognition of this, we will be publishing a series of resources that reflect on our work, celebrate how far we have come and look to the future. The first piece is a resource to help with reflection, planning, recruitment and capacity building for your organisation or initiative. For this and more, click here.

Our April newsletter Inspiring Communities

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The Capability Framework

Whatever our community-led development focus or role is, it’s HOW we work that matters most.  Over the last decade IC has been learning about what effective practice looks like and the kinds of skills and capabilities required to do this work well.  This knowledge has been brought together in a new CLD Capability Framework for Aotearoa. Have a look and see how you might use it to help with reflection, planning, recruitment and capacity building for your organisation or initiative.
Click here to read more: IC Capability Framework Guide 2018

The Capability Framework Inspiring Communities

Our March newsletter

In our March newsletter, you can find out where your nearest CLD skills workshop is and how to register. Plus, we have a new My Inspiring Community video and another inspirational video about what Community Development means. Enjoy!
Click here to catch up on the latest news.

Our March newsletter Inspiring Communities

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Inspiring Communities’ February Newsletter

February’s newsletter is bursting with good stuff! We have details of all our upcoming events, links to the latest in our My Inspiring Community video series, info on our engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi and information about community coaching, plus heaps more.
Read Inspiring Communities February Newsletter 



2017 Snapshot

2017 was a busy year. We are noticing a marked increase in people across all sectors and community who are wanting to better connect and understand how to work alongside communities.  Enjoy this short illustration that focuses on just six highlights from a very rewarding year!
Inspiring Communities 2017 Snapshot