I will soon be offering a series of public courses. Here are some of the courses! Let me know which ones interest you the most.
• Place activation, co-design and community engagement – It was perhaps inevitable that the effervescent Gilbert Rochecouste and I would join forces to develop a course like this one. Due to be offered as a public course around September at Donkey Wheel House in Melbourne. Look out for this one if placemaking is something you are committed to and keen to learn more about!
• Re-imagining leadership in community engagement – I am developing and co-delivering this coure with Micaela Drieberg. A course for elected representatives, CEO’s and other power brokers who are being confronted by new challenges and opportunities in the 21st century.
• Experiments in Democracy – exploring different ways that decision makers can draw on the collective wisdom of citizens to inform policy making and program development for complex issues. It will include case studies where citizens’ juries have been used, as well as other innovations in deliberation.
• Framing Issues for Creative Solutions – we will explore strategic questioning, dilemma framing, and scoping issues in such a way that creative solutions are generated.
• Collaborative Governance – we will examine how we can apply a pathway for collaborating to our most complex challenges. It will include theory, case studies and interactive sessions so that all participants take away something tangible for their specific challenges.
• Appreciative Inquiry for transformative processes- this course will involve presenting an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry (AI), and then using AI to identify the key factors to help all participants to be more effective change agents within their organisations, or for working with organisations.
• Community Engagement in Health – in this course we will consider how engaging the community is not only necessary, but utterly pragmatic with regard to health issues. It will include case studies, frameworks for community and patient engagement, and extract key learnings from the experience of all participants.
• Trends in community engagement – in this course we will consider some trends over the past 25 years, and consider a range of frameworks, principles and techniques. It will be especially useful for those organisations who are ready to review and update their policies and strategies with regard to community engagement.
I am also continuing to develop a capacity building package with Diana Renner (co-author of ‘Not-Knowing’) for organisations wanting to respond more effectively to their complex challenges. I’m really looking forward to working with Diana.
In recent months I have been building a relationship with the very talented team at the Hargraves Institute. If you want to truly embed a culture of, and systems for, innovation then these are great people with whom to work. To get a taste of their approach read Allan Ryan’s recent blog on how people management delivers innovation.
Coaching - I continue offering coaching services for executives, project managers and collaboration/engagement practitioners. These can be provided for a set period of time (3 months - 24 months).
Shadow consulting – It looks like this will become an increasingly important way for me to work; supporting other consultants in their practice. Excited about some new relationships with some very talented and committed consultants, including some outside of Australia.
Deliberative Democracy Projects – I will continue to partner with other practitioners and organisations to design and facilitate citizens’ juries, deliberative forums and other processes, working with Emily Jenke and Emma Lawson of Democracy Co, newDemocracy, and Danielle Annells (also known as the ‘Collaboration Whisperer’)