Our webinar series for 2021 is now finished. You may like to join our upcoming Community Building Block on November 11th.

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Previous Webinars:

Rangatahi. Community. Leadership

Tuesday 19th October 10 – 11am

This time we profiled how Rangatahi are leading locally. Their experience, what they are doing in places across the motu, the changes they are making, what is helping their mahi and the challenges they face. We also discussed how organisations and agencies can support this leadership. What they need to do to ahwi and amplify support for young people to turn their ideas into reality, and have an impact in their community and on a global level.

Using Community-Led principles and Inspiring Communities’ theory of change, we explored the relevance of community-led approaches in a youth-led space.

Denise Bijoux co-hosted this webinar with the bright and dynamic Talei Bryant. Amongst many other things Talei runs Inspiring Stories, Whakatane Future Leaders programme, does some wicked mahi with Ara Taiohi and is the Youth rep on the whakatane youth board.

Gemma Major is part of Te Aka Matua, a Community Youth Led initiative supported by Seed Waikato. She has been involved with the kaupapa and co-design group from its inception, Seed Waikato has back-filled with resources and held space for the project to flourish, Gemma will also provide insight into how Seed Waikato enables rangatahi leadership.

Madiha Ali Changezi is a full-time Law student at the University of Waikato, and part-time youth worker at Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Trust. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Red Cross as well as a Committee Member of Seed Waikato and a Board Member of Same Skies International. Madiha is passionate about storytelling, amplifying youth and marginalized voices and acting as a advocate for these groups.

Guy Ryan, CEO and founder of Inspiring Stories, made up our final star in this stellar line-up of speakers. Guy is an award-winning entrepreneur, leader and speaker. He is an Edmund Hillary Fellow, was awarded Young New Zealander of the Year in 2015, and has represented New Zealand at various international summits and leadership development opportunities.


A packed webinar profiling people and programmes that are changing the spaces and places in which we live, work and play.


Stories of change and success: shifting towards thriving communities

Christina Howard hosted our webinar, talking with government officials and an iwi representative about the opportunities they co-created for greater impact and better relationships with communities.

Our panel of speakers shared experiences of moving from doing to to doing with communities. They explored how engaging with people and communities in different and meaningful ways can require a new approach; they’ll talk about what they’re learning along the way, their observations of the change that happens when you apply innovative responses.

Building community through kai sustainability

Using practical examples and real-life stories, our panel of speakers explored the notion of: feed each other – grow our community.

From community gardens to urban farming, developing system-wide approaches is now a mainstream conversation!

Catch up on the conversation: watch the webinar recording and download presentation slides below.


Strengthening Our Villages

Community-led action plays a critical role in enabling wellbeing and helping make Aotearoa the best place in the world for children and young people, alongside appropriate support services.

Working in authentic, participatory and innovative ways many locally-led initiatives are weave these multiple strands so their village is better able to nurture and support their own.

Decades of international research and indigenous wisdom tells us that positive outcomes for children, families, whānau and communities are interconnected.

This webinar leant back to the old adage that “it takes a village to raise a child” and explores examples of how communities are building connectedness, mobilising resources to support local children, growing local leadership and stronger parenting support systems and enabling ‘child rich’ communities along the way.


Power and Participation

Power. It is often the biggest elephant in the room and we need to be able talk about it. Who’s got it, who hasn’t, and how do we use it to authentically enable more inclusive engagement, participation, and action. 

This webinar traversed some of the big issues related to power and participation and shared two different examples of communities actively finding new ways to bring local voices and community solutions forward. 

Presented by David Hanna –  Inspiring Communities, Lizzie Makalio – Wesley Community Action and Angie Tangaere – The Southern Initiative.


Connecting up Government – Building Local – Predator Free NZ

Making shifts to the system – weaving our connections up, down and across.

In this webinar, we unpacked new ways of approaching governance and action planning to tackle ambitious goals. Learn how guiding principles and a values-led approach helps navigate diversity and complexity to help push through the hard stuff. 

Using Predator Free New Zealand 2050 as our case study, we shone a light on this leading example of how to decentralise funding, process and power, and how a collective participatory approach across local, regional and national systems is enabling doing things differently. 

Take away how working in this way can be applied across other sectors and initiatives – including social, economic and cultural.


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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.

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

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.


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 2020. 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.

This webinar series is facilitated by Inspiring Communities’ Denise Bijoux.

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