Channelling Fran Peavey – generating strategic questions for those who sponsor community engagement and collaboration

October 4, 2018 |

As many of you will know I have long been a fan of Fran Peavey; especially her work in developing the concept and practice of strategic questioning. Fran put forward the power of questions that make it impossible for the status quo to remain. Questions that create movement; questions that cannot be answered immediately, without…

The potential for Digital Deliberation

August 30, 2018 |

As someone who has advocated for, and designed/facilitated, deliberative engagement process since 1998, I can honestly say I’m a fan. Time after time we see everyday citizens rising to the occasion to consider complicated or complex issues, work together and to provide sensible, wise and well-reasoned advice to decision-makers. Deliberative processes lead to citizens appreciating…

IAP2 Australasia Wordsmith Competition

July 17, 2018 |

I am very excited to be the winner of the recent IAP2 Australasia Wordsmith Competition. The Wordsmith competition asked members to come up with the best definition of an engagement practitioner using everyday language. My winning entry was: “An engagement practitioner helps individuals, groups, organisations and decision makers with different interests to talk, listen, learn,…

Citizens’ Advisory Panels

April 23, 2018 |

Max Hardy discusses Citizens’ Advisory Panels and their usefulness to councils.

Insights for ‘engaging’ urban planning – with Anna Kelderman and Max Hardy

April 19, 2018 |

Urbanist Anna Kelderman, Director of Shape Urban recently sat down with Community Engagement Specialist Max Hardy of Max Hardy Consulting, to discuss the nexus between community engagement and urban planning. Anna: You have been practicing a pretty intensive type of engagement for a while now across Australia; what one major benefit would you say results…

Musings on ‘Influence’ – a blog for Global Community Engagement Day, 2018

January 24, 2018 |

When it comes to community engagement, influence matters. There must be some evidence that something has changed as a result of the process. There would appear to be no value for money, or effort, if nothing appears to change; if nothing is influenced. I get that; support that; advocate for that. Always. Yet, influencing decisions…

EPA Co-design Project

October 30, 2017 |


North East Water’s Price Submission Journey

October 27, 2017 |

Three keys to a great deliberative community engagement process

October 26, 2017 |

Deliberative engagement is an approach to community engagement that is becoming increasingly popular. For this we can largely thank academics like Prof Lyn Carson as well as the positive experiences of participants. Some recent recognition for exemplary projects by the IAP2 might also have something to do with it. 2015 Core Value Awards 2016 Core…

Maximising the benefits of community engagement

October 26, 2017 |

I recently spoke to Australia’s National Local Government Newspaper regarding Community Engagement. You can read more about the details below regarding how to maximise the benefits of community engagement. There are, certainly, challenges for engaging communities effectively. The rewards for getting it right may be more than you imagine. For local government it is much…