Our CBB sessions are short online workshops, where we meet and collaborate with others from around the motu and take away some new skills/tools to apply in our practice. These are interactive sessions, where we like to ‘do’ as well as kōrero. Please come with the refreshments you need, your video on (sound off) and please encourage your workmates to register too, rather than sharing a computer/login for the session.

Anna Parker – host

Previous sessions:

Honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi in community

Gywn John and Anna Parker

Thursday 17th of November, 9:30 – 11 am.


This session is designed for Tangata Tiriti who are figuring out how to build treaty honouring processes and relationships into their community mahi. This session assumes that you already understand why we need to honour Te Tiriti in our work, and it explores the what and the how of this journey.
Join Gwyn John and Anna Parker for an interactive, workshop style online session. Gwyn and Anna each have 20+ years of experience navigating this space.


Co-Design with Community

Jade Tang-Taylor and Anna Parker

Thursday 1st of September, 9:30 – 11 am.


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.

About Jim

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.