Held in conjunction with the Local Community Services Association ‘Connecting Communities Conference’, this Masterclass is hosted by LCSA and Collaboration for Impact with guest facilitator Paul Schmitz.
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.
Our interpretation of these practices is that they face two challenges:
- the adaptive challenge—collaborations and institutions are fearful of sharing power with
- 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