Thought Bubbles Episode 41 – Politics & Community Engagement

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In this episode, I share a story about how I’ve come to learn that community engagement is not something that a Government can opt in or out of – regardless of whether they are aligned to the left or right of the political spectrum. I use our recent experience of a shift of state Government in South Australia from 16 years of a Labor government to a new Liberal government – and how the community are demanding good engagement, that isn’t just tick-a-box consultation and involves them in decision making and problem solving from early on in the process.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC - CHANGES TO ENGAGEMENT PRACTICE - In line with physical distancing requirements in Australia, Becky Hirst Consulting has withdrawn all face-to-face engagement services for the foreseeable future. However, we are still actively engaged with clients and communities through delivering training videos, virtual presentations and workshops, online mentoring and discussion forums, and video conferencing as well as use of traditional print/written engagement tools. Our other services of organisational planning and Engagement Health Checks continues as normal. We are still very much available for our clients. Stay safe, stay connected!