February Newsletter – Building Connections
Community-led development is all about relationships so building connections is the theme of our first newsletter for 2016. We’re also introducing a new feature: a blog called I’ve Been thinking….. Our team will take turns to share their experience. As promised there is a report on our November Network survey, we highlight some other initiatives we have been involved in and as always we share some inspiring stories from communities across the country – this time Newtown, Caversham and Papakura’s AwhiWorld, where technology is helping to connect people.
Read our February Newsletter
October Newsletter – Leadership
Effective leadership is pivotal to successful community-led development (CLD) and in our experience it often pops up in the most unlikely places.
In this issue we go deeper into the kinds of leadership that matter, with articles by our valued colleague Margy Jean Malcolm who has studied leadership extensively, we showcase a great new initiative in Christchurch – Leadership in Communities, and we share practical examples of local people leading in Marfell and Kaiwaka, there’s also a report on our first, very successful Boost Camp.
Auckland Newsletter – October 2015
The people who have written articles in this newsletter are all doers, that is true, and they know that whatever they do, it will be more successful on so many levels if they organise it with others and if they pass on their organising and other skills to others too.
As it turns out gardening is a very popular way to build community and fashion local solutions. The articles in this newsletter offer a taste of what is going in Panmure, Northcote and Point Chevalier in conjunction with Housing New Zealand Corporation, schools, early childhood centres, a library, local landscaping and gardening organisations, the North Shore Men’s Shed, Auckland Council, a bowling club, a Transition Town Group, a church and many many locals!
Inspiring Communities Newsletter June 2015
Auckland Inspiring Community News – May 2015
This month we feature stories on people who have stepped up and put themselves out there for the things they believe in.
They do what needs to be done in the company of others ensuring it is more likely to succeed – and it adds to the enjoyment. Read what they say about upcycling tyres to make seats in a Sandringham Reserve, reducing rubbish in Glen Innes and persuading all of Auckland to be plastic bag free.
Inspring Communities Newsletter #46 – March 2015
In this issue, we share three diverse examples of creatively engaging communities to encourage and inspire local voice, participation and contribution.
Inspiring Communities Newsletter #44 – December 2014
To cap off a busy year, our December newsletter tells how two West Coast communities, Ross and Kumara, are mining community gold, together.
There are also reviews of recent seminars by Margaret Wheatley and Jim Diers
Inspiring Communities Newsletter #43 – November 2014
News items including; The Z Nail Gang; Neighbourly; Finding hidden treasures in Nelson and Inspiring Communities Plans.
Inspiring Communities Newsletter #42 October 2014
The role of local communities in co-creating positive wellbeing is a powerful global trend. IBM has predicted that in five years, “local will beat online,” Forbes Magazine reported that the #1 hottest food trend in 2014 would be “locally sourced everything.”
The ‘local’ trend was highlighted at the international Community Development conference held in Glasgow in June 2014 under the theme “Community is the Answer.” 15 kiwis participated in, an contributed to this conference.
This newsletter shares some of the powerful stories from the conference. There is much inspirational material in this newsletter, including details of an advanced ‘Community Building’ Auckland workshop by Jim Diers (21/22 October) and a one day Wellington seminar with Margaret Wheatley on ‘Community is the Answer’ (21 November). Enjoy!
Inspiring Communities Newsletter #41 July 2014
With the mid-winter Matariki stars now above us, many Kiwi communities are coming together to celebrate and plan for the year ahead.
“Strengthening Neighbourhoods” is a key focus for Inspiring Communities and in this ‘neighbourhood focused’ issue we bring you inspiring community success stories from Southland and Masterton.
Huge thanks to our local story tellers Gerry and Sandy!
Our next issue will have an ‘international’ focus – with recent Kiwi delegates to the IACD conference in Glasgow sharing their presentations and learning.
Enjoy the stars and please note the dates for Neighbours Day 2015 – March 28-29!