Webinars Inspiring Communities

A community innovation webinar series.

UPCOMING: Webinar 5 – Predator Free

Date:  Tuesday 25th August
Time: 10am – 11.00am

In this webinar, we will look to explore how the various contributions and connections across the system work – using Predator Free Aotearoa as our core case study.

We’ll look to provide a deeper insight into the local, regional, and national activity and how the government can act as an enabler, supporter, activator, driver – discussing the impact for everyone when community leaders and government officials work together on their shared agenda.


Past Webinars

Webinar 4 – Shaping the Future

During this rich interactive kōrero, we presented our newly released report, Shaping the Future.

This webinar discussed the report’s insights, implications, and recommendations drawn from the nearly 70 individuals and organisations we spoke with in May and June. The report includes the local, regional, and national systems changes needed to support and strengthen community resilience in Aotearoa.

We offer this report as one of the many feathers needed for all places and people in Aotearoa to fly.


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Webinar 1: Community Innovation Insights during COVID-19

As we navigate the rapidly changing world around us let’s catch a breath and take time to look at how we can apply what we’ve learned from community innovation approaches. 

Listen as Inspiring Communities and Community Innovation experts Liz Weaver, Mark Cabaj and Jamie Gamble engage in a thought-provoking hour of insights and tools to keep at the cutting edge of our community-change kete.

This webinar covered:

  • Adaptive leadership and collaborating effectively amidst the chaos Navigating complex systems to work in a multi-level way 
  • Applying a learning lens and noticing change in this rapidly changing situation
  • What we should consider doing more and less of to help our communities get through this together.

Webinar 2: From Response to Recovery

Watch social innovation and systems-change pioneers Kate Cherrington, David Wilson and Inspiring Communities’ David Hanna in this rich koreo into how we can shape a progressive future, together.

This webinar covered:

  • How crisis fosters unity – what is happening at a local level (economic, social, health and environment)
  • Weaving our strengths – leadership and strength-based frameworks and models
  • Sharing power and taking risks – widening our gaze across local, regional, national, social and economic development~
  • Moulding our new future – progressive systems, amplifying Te Tiriti partnerships, and building a new eco-system
  • A rich panel discussion and interactive Q+A

Webinar 3 – Little Engines that Can

Little Engines that Can – Local communities powering up Aotearoa. 

With a focus on the Eastern Bay of Plenty’s experiences, this webinar explored some key elements and frameworks for getting traction across neighbouring communities to create shared visions and agendas, build community and social capital, and attract government co-investment into Iwi, Māori, and community-led projects.   

This webinar covered:

Listen to Inspiring Communities’ Barbara MacLennan –  David CunliffeArihia Tuoro (Te Whakatōhea) – an experienced project manager and governor of Māori entities – and Aileen Lawrie, Chief Executive of Ōpōtiki District Council. These local leaders are among those who have helped drive local and regional progress through determined and disciplined cross-sector teamwork, and attention to shaping both economic and social development. 

Included in this webinar was the story of Kawerau. You can watch this short ‘Our Inspiring Story’ video in the link provided below.

This webinar series is facilitated by Inspiring Communities, Denise Bijoux