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…

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…

What is fashionable with community engagement?

April 13, 2017 |

A blog about Citizens’ Juries, Co-design and Collective Impact With the more frequent use of citizens’ juries, and deliberation in general, it can be tempting to think such processes as the pinnacle of community engagement. I really, really enjoy designing and facilitating citizens’ juries, and have been promoting them since 1998. They not only demonstrate…