In this 2019 Global Community Engagement Day episode, I share tales of my favourite activist of all time and some reflections on what we can learn from her work back in the early 1900’s.
On the run up to Global Community Engagement Day, in this episode I start thinking about the theme of ‘Engaging with Activists’ and ponder on the definition of an Activist. Am I one? Are you one? And how do we define activism in 2018?
In this episode I explore a few ideas for engaging with those in the community people who like to disrupt, ask questions, challenge things and generally go against the status quo.
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.
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?