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Learning by doing

Noticing change is at the foundation of effective change. CLD is a long term game, and one where rules, models and evidence only take us so far. We are constantly reminded that not everything that counts can be easily measured.

It’s therefore important that we embrace a ‘learning by doing’ approach in order to better understand what works, what doesn’t and why. This applied and adaptive learning remains at the heart of CLD.

Sharing diverse examples, stories, ideas and results from community-led activity around Aotearoa serves to strengthen a community’s ability to succeed. These examples of learning by doing are intended to support and inspire you to use community-led development to make positive change in your place.

learning by doingInspiring Communities has published a comprehensive examination of Community-led development. Aptly named Learning by Doing, it traverses both theory and practice, and is pivotal to any practitioner working in CLD in New Zealand.

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Reflections and Learning from Great Start Taita: A Final Kitchen Table Conversation

  This report consists of observations and implications... more

10 year anniversary blog series: part one

Inspiring Communities is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. So... more
Kids in park, Waitangirua, 2015

Growing a movement for child well-being

Lisa Woods, our Child Rich Communities (CRC) Lead, talks about the CRC Project... more

Our new CLD Capability Framework

Inspiring Communities' team member Margy-Jean Malcolm led the development of... more

The Capability Framework

Whatever our community-led development focus or role is, it’s HOW we work... more

Looking Back to Move Forward

Thoughts on taking a community-led development approach in Aotearoa from... more

Child Rich Communities

The overarching goal of the Child Rich Communities project is to grow a... more

What We Are Learning about CLD

What We Are Learning 2010 is Inspiring Communities' inaugural learning... more

A Training Resource – At the Heart

At the Heart is a DVD that describes and promotes what can happen when families... more

Learning by Doing: Community-led Change in Aotearoa

Learning by Doing is Inspiring Communities' second major learning... more