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2017 Snapshot

2017 has been a busy year if - sometimes chaotic! 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. Many business are switching on to the power of the locally-led movement. This has all contributed to a dynamic year for Inspiring Communities as we continue to work to support and embed effective community-led change. So we thought we'd share just a small sample of what we've been doing. This short illustration focusses on just six highlights from a very rewarding year!

Scroll down for some of our highlights, reflecting our role and value.

 
 
 

Events

Providing opportunities to hear, visit and learn from others helps create, as well as grow and strengthen community-led momentum. Inspiring Communities holds events that engage, challenge and inspire people working in and around communities leading change.

 

Activate was our two day national event, developed in collaboration with over 30 locally-led initiatives. We took people across Auckland neighbourhoods to see first-hand how community-led development is happening across the city. From community sheds and hubs to art, businesses, gardens and stream restoration, local hosts introduced participants to projects, approaches, relationships and success factors that grow resilience and sustainability. On the second day we heard from inspiring speakers and exchanged ideas through varied and practical workshops. This was one of the many events we held this year, and we have many more planned for 2018.

Events

Providing opportunities to hear, visit and learn from others helps create, as well as grow and strengthen community-led momentum. Inspiring Communities holds events that engage, challenge and inspire people working in and around communities leading change.

Activate was our two day national event, developed in collaboration with over 30 locally-led initiatives. We took people across Auckland neighbourhoods to see first-hand how community-led development is happening across the city. From community sheds and hubs to art, businesses, gardens and stream restoration, local hosts introduced participants to projects, approaches, relationships and success factors that grow resilience and sustainability. On the second day we heard from inspiring speakers and exchanged ideas through varied and practical workshops. This was one of the many events we held this year, and we have many more planned for 2018.

 

Influencing

We believe the CLD approach should be more widely adopted in national policy and systems. There's a unique opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand if we choose to genuinely understand and invest in a community-led shift.

 

We engaged with a range of key national agencies across the year. Our election manifesto, subsequent advice to government ministers and meetings with political parties all focussed on the paradigm shifts needed to enable local places to effectively lead and on what needs to happen next. Integral to this is a robust understanding of what's different about a community-led approach. During 2017, we produced a Theory of Change to focus attention on the different phases and stages that underpin community-led philosophy and practice.

Influencing

We believe the CLD approach should be more widely adopted in national policy and systems. There's a unique opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand if we choose to genuinely understand and invest in a community-led shift.

We engaged with a range of key national agencies across the year. Our election manifesto, subsequent advice to government ministers and meetings with political parties all focussed on the paradigm shifts needed to enable local places to effectively lead and on what needs to happen next. Integral to this is a robust understanding of what's different about a community-led approach. During 2017, we produced a Theory of Change to focus attention on the different phases and stages that underpin community-led philosophy and practice.

 

Informing

Change not noticed is not change. Through sharing international and local practice-based evidence, we are growing expertise so all communities benefit. We also value story-telling as evidence.

 

In April, we launched three CLD video stories South Alive (Invercargill), Randwick Park (Manurewa) and Halo (Whakatane) as well as an About CLD clip. They showcase the 5 principles that support locally-led change. Inspiring!

Our website continues to be popular. It holds a vast repository of free CLD resources, tools and stories and provides practice-based theory and practical tools. Website users have increased by 101% in the past year and our Facebook followership has increased by a further 20%, as more and more people want to follow IC and CLD news and activities. We look forward to using more social media channels in 2018.

Informing

Change not noticed is not change. Through sharing international and local practice-based evidence, we are growing expertise so all communities benefit. We also value story-telling as evidence.

In April, we launched three CLD video stories South Alive (Invercargill), Randwick Park (Manurewa) and Halo (Whakatane) as well as an About CLD clip. They showcase the 5 principles that support locally-led change. Inspiring!

Our website continues to be popular. It holds a vast repository of free CLD resources, tools and stories and provides practice-based theory and practical tools. Website users have increased by 101% in the past year and our Facebook followership has increased by a further 20%, as more and more people want to follow IC and CLD news and activities. We look forward to using more social media channels in 2018.

 

Connecting

Working across community, business, agencies and local and central government effects sustainable change. One of our key strengths is our ability to facilitate and broker information, ideas and relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

 

We've hosted discussions with a wide range of agencies working at local and national levels. We worked with Sport New Zealand, providing capacity building training for the wide range of sport and recreation organisations implementing a new "locally-led" approach within the sector. We worked alongside IPANZ to present a lunchtime seminar about CLD and the role of central government to public sector officials. We co-hosted an Inspiring Community workshop with Opotiki District Council at SOLGM’s national seminar.

Connecting

Working across community, business, agencies and local and central government effects sustainable change. One of our key strengths is our ability to facilitate and broker information, ideas and relationships across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.

We've hosted discussions with a wide range of agencies working at local and national levels. We worked with Sport New Zealand, providing capacity building training for the wide range of sport and recreation organisations implementing a new "locally-led" approach within the sector. We worked alongside IPANZ to present a lunchtime seminar about CLD and the role of central government to public sector officials. We co-hosted an Inspiring Community workshop with Opotiki District Council at SOLGM’s national seminar.

 

Training

In order to deepen the practice of CLD, we tailor training resources and packages to the requirements of participants. Building capability of communities and agencies to work in community-led ways is a core focus of Inspiring Communities' activities.

 

During 2017 we undertook a broad range of activities to build understanding, skills and capacity to implement a community-led approach. We again worked with Jim Diers and local co-hosts to deliver "Activating Community" workshops in Nelson, Christchurch and Invercargill. Dee Brooks from the Jeder Institute in Australia led two highly successful "Hosting Community" workshops in Auckland and Wellington. We also co-hosted, with GROW, a Utilisation Focused Evaluation workshop with Mark Cabaj from Canada.

Training

In order to deepen the practice of CLD, we tailor training resources and packages to the requirements of participants. Building capability of communities and agencies to work in community-led ways is a core focus of Inspiring Communities’ activities.

During 2017 we undertook a broad range of activities to build understanding, skills and capacity to implement a community-led approach. We again worked with Jim Diers and local co-hosts to deliver "Activating Community" workshops in Nelson, Christchurch and Invercargill. Dee Brooks from the Jeder Institute in Australia led two highly successful "Hosting Community" workshops in Auckland and Wellington. We also co-hosted, with GROW, a Utilisation Focused Evaluation workshop with Mark Cabaj from Canada.

 

Supporting

CLD is best learnt by doing. Working successfully is helped by reflecting on what's working, what's not and adapting accordingly. We support those doing the doing, whether it is offering light touch advice, providing specialist speakers or more delivering formalised coaching.

 

It continues to be a privilege to provide advice and support for community-led planning, action and reflection in a range of communities across Aotearoa. This year we’ve supported many communities, including Featherston, Karamea, Avondale, Strathmore, Epuni, Shirley, Takapuna, Kaikoura, Nelson, Mangakino, Randwick Park, Kaeo, Birkdale, and Rotorua. Alongside collaboration partners in the Child Rich Communities (CRC) project - Unicef NZ, Plunket NZ and Every Child Counts - we hosted an inaugural CRC Webinar attended by 75 participants from around the country. Three key learnings from the CRC report were shared and backed up by practical examples and inspiration from community-led initiatives in Waitangirua and Whanganui. Of significance is that all 75 people who attended the webinar stayed connected for the entire 60 minutes. And the good news is there's to be more! Our collaborative has received funding to run more webinars as well as implement other key elements of the Child Rich Communities Action Plan over the coming year.

Support

CLD is best learnt by doing. Working successfully is helped by reflecting on what's working, what's not and adapting accordingly. We support those doing the doing, whether it is offering light touch advice, providing specialist speakers or more delivering formalised coaching.

It continues to be a privilege to provide advice and support for community-led planning, action and reflection in a range of communities across Aotearoa. This year we’ve supported many communities, including Featherston, Karamea, Avondale, Strathmore, Epuni, Shirley, Takapuna, Kaikoura, Nelson, Mangakino, Randwick Park, Kaeo, Birkdale, and Rotorua. Alongside collaboration partners in the Child Rich Communities (CRC) project - Unicef NZ, Plunket NZ and Every Child Counts - we hosted an inaugural CRC Webinar attended by 75 participants from around the country. Three key learnings from the CRC report were shared and backed up by practical examples and inspiration from community-led initiatives in Waitangirua and Whanganui. Of significance is that all 75 people who attended the webinar stayed connected for the entire 60 minutes. And the good news is there's to be more! Our collaborative has received funding to run more webinars as well as implement other key elements of the Child Rich Communities Action Plan over the coming year.

 

Coming up

Building on our very busy year, plans are already underway to bring you a wide variety of events, training, advice and support in 2018!

We're partnering with Exult to roll out these workshops in many parts of Aotearoa: Facilitating Community-led Change, Leading in Communities, Connections and Collaboration. Find out more about these workshops here.

Unpacking Developmental Evaluation workshop

We are co-hosting this insightful one day workshop with ANZEA. It will be presented by two of the world's leading developmental evaluation practitioners: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana. Click here for more info, and to register.

Community Coaching

Inspiring Communities is now offering community coaches. Giving you the space to reflect on and unpack your community-led practice. Understand what's working, what's not – figure our why, and what you might next do next. You set the agenda for what you’d like to work on over 4, one hour sessions during the year. Click here for more info.

Coming up

Building on our very busy year, plans are already underway to bring you a wide variety of events, training, advice and support in 2018!

We're partnering with Exult to roll out these workshops in many parts of Aotearoa: Facilitating Community-led Change, Leading in Communities, Connections and Collaboration. Find out more about these workshops here.

Unpacking Developmental Evaluation workshop

We are co-hosting this insightful one day workshop with ANZEA. It will be presented by two of the world's leading developmental evaluation practitioners: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana.

Click here for more info, and to register.

Community Coaching

Inspiring Communities is now offering community coaches. Giving you the space to reflect on and unpack your community-led practice. Understand what's working, what's not – figure our why, and what you might next do next. You set the agenda for what you’d like to work on over 4, one hour sessions during the year.

Click here for more info.