Community Building Blocks
Facilitated online by one of Inspiring Communities’ team, we explore a community-focused way of working collaboratively and build on the foundations of community-led action to strengthen resilience and create positive changes in your community that will last.
Co-Design with Community
Jade Tang-Taylor and Anna Parker
Thursday, August 11th 9:30-11am
Are you and your community working for change? Does your mahi call for co-design? Do you want to untangle how co-design fits into your community-led practice?
In this Community Building Block, we have the opportunity to work with designer and social entrepreneur Jade Tang-Taylor from the Innovation Unit. Jade will help us dive into the models, mindsets and methods of co-design. We will look at innovative ways of working for change and explore what is possible when we centre community in our practice.
Courageous Conversations in Community with Cissy Rock!
Thursday May 19th 2022
Community building can be dynamic, messy, complex and sometimes we need to hold challenging conversations that take some courage. In this session, Cissy Rock guided us through some strategies and skills for dealing with the difficult talking in a sensitive, generous and relationship building way. Together, the group created a set of top tips for courageous conversations.
Mobilising your Neighbours
Our first Community Building Block session of the year was with long-time Inspiring Communities friend and internationally renowned Neighbourhoods Champion Jim Diers from Seattle.
Jim has worked with many Kiwi communities over the last decade and his stories of trolls, bumping spaces, and neighbourhood matched funds are legendary.
This session came just before Neighbours Day Aotearoa, check out our NDA playlist.
Watch Jim speaking in Aotearoa in 2012.
Participatory democracy has been Jim Diers’ preoccupation and his career for the past 40 years. In his work with grassroots community organisations, the largest health care cooperative in the US, Seattle city government and communities all over the world, Jim has found ways to get people more involved with their communities and with decisions and actions that affect their lives. Read more about Jim at www.neighborpower.org.
Growing Collaborative Teams and Communities
Are you looking for ways to deepen the connections in your team or community, to build trust and to navigate competing needs? This Community Building Block drew upon the experience and skills of our own Kindra Douglas to explore the possibilities of the SCARF model. The skills and tools shared in this session were designed to help you to unleash the potential of collaboration!
Check out the resources from this session below.
You might also be interested in a free 1:2:1 Kōrero
Dive deeper into specific tools and approaches with 1:2:1 support in our CLD Sessions. Facilitated by a trained Community-Led Development Practitioner.