The LAST Thought Bubbles in my capacity as Becky Hirst Consulting, as today it is my last day in my consultancy! Looking forward to joining the Aurecon team as of 5 February 2018. But first, on the run up to Global Community Engagement Day on 28 January, let’s reflect on how my work might have influenced community engagement practice in South Australia, or whether i’ve influenced you in any way?
In this episode I share the ONE single question that I believe local Government should be asking their community as part of their community engagement regarding rates. I’d love to hear from Councils around the world who have undertaken successful engagement with community on paying their rates!
In this episode I share a conversation I had with a friend who works in the finance sector. His views on community engagement are the complete opposite of mine, telling me he thinks community engagement is a waste of time and tax payers money. I shared this in the Engage 2 Act Facebook group and much discussion was had. Here I share some of my thoughts on comments made, and question whether as a sector we need to become more measured, tangible and able to articulate the difference we make?
In this episode I share my enthusiasm for Facebook, but specifically Facebook Groups as a tool for building community resilience. I believe they should be run by people, for people. My questions are whether you agree that they are a good tool for building resilience; what role government should play in supporting this kind of grass-roots community building; and whether you are part of a Facebook Group in your local neighbourhood?
In this episode I discuss community leadership in the form of individuals making change within micro-communities to shape local action towards global change. I predict a shift in the coming years towards greater micro-community action as a reaction to a sense of non-control over global politics and situations.
In this edition of Thought Bubbles I share my hatred of impersonal bureaucratic surveys used for community engagement. I ask whether I’m the only hater of surveys, and whether at a local Government level better engagement could be undertaken directly by those elected to make decisions on behalf of the community, amongst their own networks in the community. I don’t have all the answers but would love to know your thoughts!
In this episode I explore how society is at an all time low in relation to trust, but also have a bit of a rant at us all as community members and how we need to just shut up and get involved!
It’s here… Engage 2 Act Australia & New Zealand! I just can’t contain my excitement so am sharing with you some of my rationale behind making this happen. We NEED a really decent network of people with an interest in citizen engagement here in Australia and New Zealand. So we’re making it happen!
Let me share with you the story of my Facebook post reaching almost 7 million views! I reflect on the strategies I used, how it made me feel and how it might have affected my Facebook page from here on!