Tag Archives: Consultation & planning

What is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a strengths-based approach to creating change. Although it is  often discussed in the context organisational change, Appreciative Inquiry can be applied in a range of contexts. The following is a great overview by Jackie Kelm from Appreciative … Continue reading

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A World Cafe in a school – a step-by-step description

World Café’s are interactive, inclusive group processes that encourage conversation-like discussion of things that matter. (It might help to read an overview of World Cafés available HERE.)  I recently facilitated a couple of sessions at my daughter’s school to help … Continue reading

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Response to Council’s draft community engagement policy and framework

Council is to be commended for recognising that “community engagement is an important part of local democracy, fostering community cohesion, pride of place and active participation in civic life”(Policy, p. 1) and for moving from the notion of consultation to … Continue reading

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Public Participation Tool Box

The International Association of Public Participation’s (IAP2) Tool Box has almost 60 different tools that can be used in community engagement. The tools are grouped under three broad areas: Techniques to share information Techniques to compile and provide feedback Techniques … Continue reading

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Enabling Change: Useful resources

Enabling Change has a whole lot of useful resources on creating change. I particularly like the following: How to change the world – one conversation at a time, provides some useful tips on how to facilitate conversations help promote social … Continue reading

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Community Decision-Making Toolkit

The Canadian Rural Secretariat has produced a Community Decision-Making Toolkit. It includes a brief summary of a range of approaches that can be used in community consultations. There are much better resources on asset mapping (see for example Discovering community … Continue reading

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Council consultation

I attended a Ward Forum hosted by Newcastle City Council through Newcastle Voice this week. Council holds occasional forums in each of their four wards to “provide opportunities for local residents talk about the opportunities and challenges facing their ward.” It … Continue reading

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A simple consultation tool

Last year Dee and I did some work with the Defence Community Organisation (DCO) around the strengths perspective and asset-based community development. It was interesting working in a different context to my normal one. We are always interested in hearing … Continue reading

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10 Standards for community engagment

Note [28 March 2019]: These standards have since been updated and there are now seven standards for community engagement. The standards focus on: Inclusion Support Planning Working together Methods Communication Impact Original post from 2011 The Scottish Community Development Centre … Continue reading

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Shout Out youth forum – reflections

We had a great forum! The youth facilitators did a marvelous job and everybody seemed to work hard. The pace was quite quick and seemed to go down well (an overview of the agenda is here). We wondered how the … Continue reading

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