Tag Archives: Practical tips

10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement

Strengths-based community engagement recognises that communities have many strengths that can help achieve a wide range of objectives. The following are 10 things I’ve learned from doing strengths-based community engagement in a variety of contexts. They aren’t commandments or principles, … 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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What can you do when someone you know is experiencing domestic violence?

What can we do when we know (or suspect) that a friend, family member, colleague, neighbour or somebody we know is experiencing domestic violence or family violence? If you feel that someone you know is at risk, approach them about … Continue reading

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Facilitating workshops – creating a container

In facilitating interactive workshops, I find it helpful to think in terms of creating a container where things can happen. We want to create a safe, engaging atmosphere where participants are encouraged to experiment with new behaviours, consider new possibilities … Continue reading

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Facilitating workshops – team building

Between 1994 and 2002 I helped facilitate around 80 workshops with the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). The workshops were interactive workshops exploring nonviolent conflict resolution, most of which were over a weekend (Friday evening, and all day Saturday and … Continue reading

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Running a Question and Answer Session

Mark McPherson (The Tough Conversations Guy) has developed a brief, simple, easy to read guide to running Question and Answer session. It is well worth a read. You can read it here.

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What is a World Café?

In a World Café we host intentional conversations around a question or issue that matters. The basic concept is to create a café like atmosphere (e.g., tables of 4 or 5 people, refreshments) where participants have a series of conversations … Continue reading

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A message to the future

A message to the future View more presentations from Graeme Stuart On the weekend, Transition Newcastle had a stall at the Newcastle Activate Expo, where we asked people to share a message with the future or to tell us their … 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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An excellent facilitator

Yesterday and the day before I attended a forum hosted by the Family Action Centre and facilitated wonderfully by Julie McCrossin. I find it fascinating watching a great facilitator like Julie at work – I can learn so much. She … Continue reading

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