Webinars Inspiring Communities

A community innovation webinar series.

Latest Webinar: Webinar 6 – Power and Participation

From Wednesday 14 October

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.


Previous Webinars

Webinar 5 – 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.


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