Building capability for centrally-enabled, locally-led change

In a landscape increasingly emphasising localism, we offer a clear path forward for public sector professionals to create the conditions for change. Change that will have a positive and lasting impact for our communities.

Join us in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington CBD for three interactive half-day, in-person sessions. Here you’ll gain the knowledge, tools, and networks needed to drive community-led change.

Designed for public policy professionals, our series explores evidence-based methodologies in a fun and collaborative environment. Open to people working in local and central government contexts, our second series will build your capability to shape a more inclusive and responsive public sector.

  • In the first workshop we will focus on whakawhanaungatanga and the foundational concepts and theory of change at the heart of Make the Move report by Inspiring Communities (2023).
  • The second workshop will focus on how to create the conditions for ethical and trusting relationships and will provide space for deepening relational skills.
  • The third workshop will focus on how to create the conditions for innovation, learning and adaptability.

“The flow, variety of content, different mediums used – group mahi, reflective practice, role-plays and energisers. Each workshop flew by, all really good and a great mix of participants from agencies.”

Thursdays: 26 September, 17 October, 14 November
9:00am – 1:00pm

Land Information NZ Ground Floor Meeting Rooms,
155 The Terrace, Wellington

Cohort size: max 30

Fee: $1350 + GST (discounted to $1050 + GST/person for three or more attending from the same agency)

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this change-making series, and help bridge the gaps in current public policy to meet the needs and aspirations of our communities.


Explore the latest theory and evidence about how the public policy system and the people working in it can better enable locally-led change. Learn from experienced practitioners within community, local and central government about what works and pick up new skills and tools.


Build and deepen relationships with a network of peers across government who, like you, are looking to extend ways to embed a centrally-enabled, regionally supported, locally-led approach within their mahi and across the public service.


Move from intention to action. Build upon your existing skills and knowledge to test out new approaches, unpack challenges and successes, build your practice kete and confidence with the support of the group.

International evidence is clearly pointing to the need for a focus on relationships, and on creating spaces where people can collaborate to bring about innovation in a changing world. Collaboration in these spaces is asking for different capabilities – for facilitators, for active listeners, for leaders who are paying attention to and enabling the conditions for change, rather than predetermining solutions.

Workshop content will explore and build capability in creating the conditions for:

  • Ethical and trusting relationships
  • Te Ao Māori-led change
  • Policy workers as conduits and facilitators
  • Innovation, learning and adaptability

This programme is for you if:

  • You are a public policy professional who sees the value in enabling community-led change
  • You want to learn, connect with others and be inspired by what’s possible
  • You want to resource yourself and your team with evidence about what works and practical skills to deliver results.

Dates and time commitment:

In order to make the most of this opportunity you will need:

  • To commit to attend all three workshops. In between workshop sessions you will meet in triads (groups of three) to share experiences and insights and deepen the learnings around course content. This will equate to an estimated 2-4 hours of additional time.
  • A basic knowledge of and commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • A growth mind-set, curiosity and courage. Be prepared to be challenged and to fully participate

Your hosts

Programme facilitator:

We are excited to have Sarah Morris, author of Make the Move, as the lead facilitator of this workshop series. Sarah is a Powerdigm associate and freelance social and systems change consultant. Sarah has a deeply collaborative approach and will work alongside others who are making a difference for hapū, iwi and communities across Aotearoa. Sarah Morris is of Irish, Scottish, Polish, and Ngāpuhi descent, and lives with her family in Te Awa Kairangi (Lower Hutt).

Inspiring Communities and Powerdigm:

At Inspiring Communities, community-led development principles underpin everything we do. Our workshops offer insights in the many tools the CLD way of working can offer, to support and strengthen your mahi in your community, and are led by our skilled facilitators working across a variety of community-led projects. Powerdigm is the consultancy arm of Inspiring Communities, specialising in community-led innovation and transformation.

We are thankful to Te Tari Taiwhenua | Department of Internal Affairs, Te Kawa Mataaho and The Policy Project for their support in the development of this learning series. 

In 2023, 1,623 people from across Aotearoa were part of Inspiring Communities training, mentoring, learning programmes and events