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A renewed hope…

A renewed hope…

My relationship with community engagement began back in 1998 at the age of 21 when I found myself in a small but mighty heritage, environment and community consultancy named Context. For a bit of ‘context’, our office was originally situated out the back of our manager’s home in Brunswick, Melbourne.  I was incredibly lucky to be able to learn and be guided by some pretty amazing women who are still influential today. 

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Engaging with the new Australia

Engaging with the new Australia

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that society is changing. But what does the latest Census tell us about the new Australia and the future of engagement?

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IAP2A Director Nominations are now open for 2022

IAP2A Director Nominations are now open for 2022

Work with a high performing board, striving to strengthen engagement and advance the practice. As the peak body for the community and stakeholder engagement sector, IAP2 Australasia, believes that engagement, when done well, improves social, environmental and economic outcomes and increases trust in the democratic process.

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Announcing keynote presenter Lucinda Hartley

Announcing keynote presenter Lucinda Hartley

Following on from our recent announcement that Professor Adam Fraser will be speaking at the IAP2 Australasia Conference in Melbourne, we are thrilled to announce that Lucinda Hartley has joined our line-up of keynote presenters.

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Don’t Fear Tough Facilitation

Don’t Fear Tough Facilitation

Tough facilitation is where you have the sort of session that’s either off the rails, full of strong emotions, or where it feels impossible to get a resolution. Where there’s polarisation, highly charged politics, or high conflict. 

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Community at the heart of coastal adaptation: Whakahekerau – Rakiātea Rautaki tai – St Clair – St Kilda Coastal Plan

Community at the heart of coastal adaptation: Whakahekerau – Rakiātea Rautaki tai – St Clair – St Kilda Coastal Plan

Engaging communities on climate change and coastal adaptation is no easy task. There are expectations on what community wants from their space based on their connections to the area, varying levels of knowledge about what adaptation means, an uncertain future and of course emotions always run high when we’re talking about people’s homes, private land, businesses and public recreational space.

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