Local Community Services Association (LCSA) & Collaboration for Impact
Masterclass: Communities Leading Change
5 September 2018, 9.00am-3.30pm
Collective Purpose Meeting Rooms, Level 5, 80 William St, Woolloomooloo

Cost: $286 +GST. Includes morning tea and lunch.

Presenter: Paul Schmitz, CEO, Leading Inside Out.

Paul SchmitzPaul SchmitzCommunity engagement is about ensuring that those most impacted by social challenges have a say in designing and implementing solutions. Evidence and practice shows that the participation of intended beneficiaries and their families, neighbours, and trusted leaders can be critical to collaborations achieving impact. And a shift in power where community members own and help produce the result will lead to greater impact. Yet we don’t so this well.

This workshop will address this head on. You will leave inspired and informed about the benefit of community mobilisation and leadership and with the confidence and tools to improve your practice and the work of your collaboration.

Across Australia we see collaborative initiatives struggling to meaningfully mobilise and engage community. We observe some ‘collaborations’ that are unable or unwilling to move beyond informing or consulting, and where community engagement does happen, it is time-limited—run as a project as opposed to a way of working.

The masterclass' interpretation of these practices is that they face two challenges:

  • the adaptive challenge—collaborations and institutions are fearful of sharing power with community
  • the technical challenge—collaborations and institutions lack easy to use tools that create engagement for population level change. (NB: There are lots of easy to use community engagement tools for project/program level change.)

This day long workshop will be highly interactive and laden with tools and case studies. The format will be a mix of content presentations, unpacking case studies, applying tools, small group work, individual reflection and planning, and peer support.

As a participant in this workshop you will walk away with:

  • strategies to strengthen the engagement of community members in your work
  • a stronger understanding of the purpose of community engagement and approach to engagement that supports your work
  • an applied understanding of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) and racial equity practices to your community engagement
  • a renewed commitment to strengthen community engagement in your work

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