How safe is it to participate?

Something we don’t discuss much is the importance of the ‘do no harm’ principle when engaging the community (especially relevant now with the Covid-19 pandemic). Anthony Boxshall and I identified ‘people feeling unsafe’ as one of the key challenges to co-design. We rely on bringing together a diverse community of interest, but what do you…

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How to ensure the ‘community’ helps frame the shared agenda

Over the last month, Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute and I have been engaged in an email exchange puzzling out the answers to many wicked questions about collective impact and community change. Below is part I of V, where we discuss how to ensure a community agenda not just a shared agenda. How do we ensure…

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What makes the status quo so challenging to change?

Perspectives from the field: A conversation about collective impact and collaboration from Australia and Canada Over the last month, Liz Weaver, Vice President, Tamarack Institute and I have been engaged in an email exchange puzzling out the answers to many wicked questions about collective impact and community change. Below is part IV of V, where…

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The verdict is in: citizens’ juries just keep on giving…

A blog by written by Jacinta Cubis from Qbis, with Max Hardy Carol* weighed up the pros and cons carefully before signing up for the citizens’ jury in her regional town. The appeal was dubious. Five Saturdays with 30 people she didn’t know. Giving up her gardening to learn about, discuss and debate unfamiliar issues.…

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Beyond Slogans – How politicians can restore trust with the public.

Malcolm Turnbull, in announcing his challenge to then Prime Minister Tony Abbott, said Australians ‘deserve more than slogans’. Music to my ears – but then I thought, hang on, isn’t that just another slogan? It seems politicians are well trained to deliver repetitive, short ‘slogan-like’ messages, in the belief this will help their messages to…

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