Community 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.
The 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.
You should attend this workshop if you:
- are a resident or citizen leader in your community wanted to mobilise other community members and support other community leaders
- hold a role that has accountability for community engagement, mobilisation or leadership
- are a member of a cross-sector leadership group that would like to enable and involve citizen leaders as part of the table or
- are a policy writer interested in best practice approaches to community ownership and leadership.
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
"Paul really changed my thinking about really going back to community. I am now motivated to really support my community to tell their own story about what we are all working towards."
—Workshop participant, 2017
Paul Schmitz (USA)is the Senior Advisor to the
Kerry has worked in social change for over 20 years.