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2018 Snapshot

2018 was another busy year for Inspiring Communities. These are compelling and challenging times for changemakers and communities alike. The rise of locally-led change will increase the focus on place as a locus for change. This reflects a growing appetite within communities to be at the centre of solutions as active participants. It's also indicative of an increasing awareness by central and local government that community-led approaches are key to unleashing the capacity that exists within local communities. We've noticed that rather than people asking "why CLD?" the question this year is more often "HOW do we do CLD?"

This year we celebrated our 10 year anniversary. We reflected on the changes we've seen and considered what the future might hold for community change makers. Looking back to look forward is such a rewarding and insightful process. As a result we've got lots to share. Enjoy this short illustration that focuses on just seven 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.

 

We curated the Weaving our Strengths forum in May. This was a one day hui, focused on reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing. The 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 discuss the issues.

We ended the year by throwing a party to celebrate our ten year anniversary! We pulled together people from across our ten year journey. It's clear that community-led development is firmly on the national radar and being utilised in a wide range of places, sectors and contexts. There's growing confidence that communities are best placed to determine solutions for their places.

Here's what a few people observed on the night:
"Inspiring Communities has really contributed to community-led development as this notion of really working in place and having citizens at the centre or citizens leading this work" - Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute
"The challenges we face are quite different from community to community in New Zealand, so ensuring that in 10 years' time, really mainstreaming community-led development is important, as opposed to it being something out of the ordinary" – Vaughan Payne, CE Waikato District Council
"This is really important work. It happens everywhere. I think Inspiring Communities has been a really big part of it. And if they can continue to do it in a really egoless way that allows everybody to join in and be their own bright spots as well as being connected to IC, that would be fantastic". - Thalia Wright, Wellington.

Here's a video, capturing some highlights from the night: Inspiring Communities' 10 year celebration

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.

We curated the Weaving our Strengths forum in May. This was a one day hui, focused on reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing. The 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 discuss the issues.

We ended the year by throwing a party to celebrate our ten year anniversary! We pulled together people from across our ten year journey. It's clear that community-led development is firmly on the national radar and being utilised in a wide range of places, sectors and contexts. There's growing confidence that communities are best placed to determine solutions for their places.

Here's what a few people observed on the night:
"Inspiring Communities has really contributed to community-led development as this notion of really working in place and having citizens at the centre or citizens leading this work" - Liz Weaver, Tamarack Institute
"The challenges we face are quite different from community to community in New Zealand, so ensuring that in 10 years' time, really mainstreaming community-led development is important, as opposed to it being something out of the ordinary" – Vaughan Payne, CE Waikato District Council
"This is really important work. It happens everywhere. I think Inspiring Communities has been a really big part of it. And if they can continue to do it in a really egoless way that allows everybody to join in and be their own bright spots as well as being connected to IC, that would be fantastic". - Thalia Wright, Wellington.

Here's a video, capturing some highlights from the night: Inspiring Communities' 10 year celebration

 

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 decided to update our CLD Principles to make them simpler, more accessible and more responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori world views. We've received great feedback on the revised framework, with people commenting that it more strongly reflects and locates Aotearoa's distinct experience.

Alongside IPANZ, we offered a short form and full day seminar about public policy and CLD to help strengthen understandings of CLD and effective community engagement cross public sector organisations.

Inspiring Communities is committed to a Treaty honouring Aotearoa where people actively participate in shaping their communities. Along with firming up Our Engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we also released a resource for working with Tāngata Whenua.

Giving local government and communities in Aotearoa greater power, tools, resources and mandate to make decisions and take action on things that affect them is the focus of the new Localism Project being led by Local Government NZ and the NZ Initiative. We agree New Zealand needs a new model. In sitting on the Localism Project reference group, we've been clear that localism and CLD are inextricably linked. We will stay keenly connected to this national discussion as it builds in 2019.

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 decided to update our CLD Principles to make them simpler, more accessible and more responsive to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori world views. We've received great feedback on the revised framework, with people commenting that it more strongly reflects and locates Aotearoa's distinct experience.

Alongside IPANZ, we offered a short form and full day seminar about public policy and CLD to help strengthen understandings of CLD and effective community engagement cross public sector organisations.

Inspiring Communities is committed to a Treaty honouring Aotearoa where people actively participate in shaping their communities. Along with firming up Our Engagement with Te Tiriti o Waitangi, we also released a resource for working with Tāngata Whenua.

Giving local government and communities in Aotearoa greater power, tools, resources and mandate to make decisions and take action on things that affect them is the focus of the new Localism Project being led by Local Government NZ and the NZ Initiative. We agree New Zealand needs a new model. In sitting on the Localism Project reference group, we've been clear that localism and CLD are inextricably linked. We will stay keenly connected to this national discussion as it builds in 2019.

 

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 October we co-wrote Reflections on Community Change and co-hosted a webinar with the Tamarack Institute. The paper explored tools for driving change; authentic engagement of citizens; adaptive and flexible leadership; and the emergence of community-based innovation.

We also launched our new Capability Framework, which summarises what effective practice looks like and the kinds of skills and capabilities required to do this work well.

Of course, our website and social media platforms continue to inform and energise community-led action across the country. We have expanded our reach to Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook. In 2018 we have shared more community stories from around Aotearoa. We've also been working hard planning an upgrade of our website to better meet ever-changing technology and community information needs. Watch out for that in the new year!

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 October we co-wrote Reflections on Community Change and co-hosted a webinar with the Tamarack Institute. The paper explored tools for driving change; authentic engagement of citizens; adaptive and flexible leadership; and the emergence of community-based innovation.

We also launched our new Capability Framework, which summarises what effective practice looks like and the kinds of skills and capabilities required to do this work well.

Of course, our website and social media platforms continue to inform and energise community-led action across the country. We have expanded our reach to Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook. In 2018 we have shared more community stories from around Aotearoa. We've also been working hard planning an upgrade of our website to better meet ever-changing technology and community information needs. Watch out for that in the new year!

 

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.

 

Throughout the year we have met with a range of diverse officials, organisations and communities and participated in a number of 'round tables' and conferences to inject CLD thinking and approaches into policy, practice, investment and planning.

One stand out was the Auckland CLD Symposium in September, where around 100 people shared their experiences and learnings from CLD practice. Contributing to both the Strengthening Communities Hui and Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forums also reinforced the need to ensure CLD stays strongly connected to New Zealand's growing social and community enterprise. We look forward to more collaboration in this space for 2019.

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.

Throughout the year we have met with a range of diverse officials, organisations and communities and participated in a number of 'round tables' and conferences to inject CLD thinking and approaches into policy, practice, investment and planning.

One stand out was the Auckland CLD Symposium in September, where around 100 people shared their experiences and learnings from CLD practice. Contributing to both the Strengthening Communities Hui and Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forums also reinforced the need to ensure CLD stays strongly connected to New Zealand's growing social and community enterprise. We look forward to more collaboration in this space for 2019.

 

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.

 

In 2018, 2,523 people were part of IC coaching, mentoring, training, events.

During 2018, we launched our CLD skills workshops all around the country, hosting 13 sessions on Facilitating Community-led Change, Leading in Communities and Connections and Collaboration. Feedback from 375 attendees was so positive that we're continuing this series into more places for 2019.

With ANZEA, we co-hosted a highly successful Unpacking Developmental Evaluation workshop in Auckland, attended by over 70 people from a range of places and sectors. The workshop was led by two of the world's leading developmental evaluation practitioners: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana. This was a fantastic day for people wanting to build their skills in evaluating community-led initiatives and projects. We're now collaborating with Kate and Nan on an exciting new two day Making Sense of Community-led Change workshop for mid-2019, where communities and organisations can bring their CLD plans and leave with a tailored CLD learning and evaluation approach.

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.

In 2018, 2,523 people were part of IC coaching, mentoring, training, events.

During 2018, we launched our CLD skills workshops all around the country, hosting 13 sessions on Facilitating Community-led Change, Leading in Communities and Connections and Collaboration. Feedback from 375 attendees was so positive that we're continuing this series into more places for 2019.

With ANZEA, we co-hosted a highly successful Unpacking Developmental Evaluation workshop in Auckland, attended by over 70 people from a range of places and sectors. The workshop was led by two of the world's leading developmental evaluation practitioners: Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana. This was a fantastic day for people wanting to build their skills in evaluating community-led initiatives and projects. We're now collaborating with Kate and Nan on an exciting new two day Making Sense of Community-led Change workshop for mid-2019, where communities and organisations can bring their CLD plans and leave with a tailored CLD learning and evaluation approach.

 

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 been to many communities, including Whangarei, Tauranga, Wellington, Katikati, Taranaki, Nelson, Masterton, Gisborne, Dunedin, Christchurch, Kaitaia, Ōhura, Taitā, Nelson, Featherston, Great Barrier Island, Massey, Kāpiti, Rotorua, and Cromwell.

Thanks to support from S.K.I.P and project partners UNICEF and Plunket, our Child Rich Communities initiative has grown in leaps and bounds in 2018. This project is focused on linking and growing a movement of people thinking and working in community-led ways to improve child, family and whanau wellbeing across Aotearoa. Support activities have included a fantastic Child Rich Communities webinar series, co-hosting community workshops in Bream Bay, Whānganui and Ruapehu and piloting some new communities of practice to enable peer-led learning and sharing in Wellington, Christchurch and online.

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 been to many communities, including Whangarei, Tauranga, Wellington, Katikati, Taranaki, Nelson, Masterton, Gisborne, Dunedin, Christchurch, Kaitaia, Ōhura, Taitā, Nelson, Featherston, Great Barrier Island, Massey, Kāpiti, Rotorua, and Cromwell.

Thanks to support from S.K.I.P and project partners UNICEF and Plunket, our Child Rich Communities initiative has grown in leaps and bounds in 2018. This project is focused on linking and growing a movement of people thinking and working in community-led ways to improve child, family and whanau wellbeing across Aotearoa. Support activities have included a fantastic Child Rich Communities webinar series, co-hosting community workshops in Bream Bay, Whānganui and Ruapehu and piloting some new communities of practice to enable peer-led learning and sharing in Wellington, Christchurch and online.

 

Shout out

Starting out 10 years ago, the Tindall Foundation took a leap of faith. Community-led change in Aotearoa owes a lot to their foresight and commitment. We'd like to acknowledge their key role in enabling Inspiring Communities to achieve all that we have. We'd also like to recognise our current major national funders: the DIA Community Leadership Fund, Lottery Community grants and the Todd Foundation. The great support we receive from regional community funders allows us to provide training and support for communities across the motu. We couldn't do it without all of you!

We have heaps in the pipeline for 2019. It's going to be our best year yet. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and our newsletter in the New Year for more on this.

Finally, thanks for all you do to champion CLD in your places and sectors.

Mere Kirihimete!

The IC Team

Shout out

Starting out 10 years ago, the Tindall Foundation took a leap of faith. Community-led change in Aotearoa owes a lot to their foresight and commitment. We'd like to acknowledge their key role in enabling Inspiring Communities to achieve all that we have. We'd also like to recognise our current major national funders: the DIA Community Leadership Fund, Lottery Community grants and the Todd Foundation. The great support we receive from regional community funders allows us to provide training and support for communities across the motu. We couldn't do it without all of you!

We have heaps in the pipeline for 2019. It's going to be our best year yet. Keep an eye on our social media platforms and our newsletter in the New Year for more on this.

Finally, thanks for all you do to champion CLD in your places and sectors.

Mere Kirihimete!

The IC Team