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Beginners Guide to Consultation

There are many theories of change.  As many ideas as there are people.  We all have our own ideas of how change will happen.  But this is a popular spectrum which helps us understand the range of change ideas that are out there… Community Engagement and Theories of Change Inform …

Beginners Guide to Fish Bowl

Setup three chairs in front of the group Inviting people to make a pitch for what needs to be changed (consider pre prepared) Pitcher makes her contribution then sits centrally People are invited to come to take a seat at the front  and comment and criticise. The pitcher stays quiet …

A Beginners Guide

Peter Kenyon is a master teller of stories of  organisations and communities who have reframed their world from deficits to community strengths. A Beginners Guide to ABCD is our annual workshop which opens up the practice of community development for churches. Peter provided substantial input using stories to illustrate the …

Powerful Questions

Powerful questions draw groups together and ask them for deeper insight.  Here are some of our favourites. Bringing a group together Why did you choose to attend this conversation? What inside you has called you to be here today? Questions for Focussing the Groups attention What question, if answered, could …

Beginners Guide to Appreciate Inquiry

Appreciative inquiry is a process that promotes positive change (in organisations or communities) by focussing on peak experiences and successes of the past. It relies on interviews and storytelling that draw out these positive memories, and on a collective analysis of the elements of success. This analysis becomes the reference …

Beginners Guide to World Cafe

Cafe Conversations As a conversational process, the World Café is an innovative yet simple methodology for hosting conversations about questions that matter. These conversations link and build on each other as people move between groups, cross-pollinate ideas, and discover new insights into the questions or issues that are most important …

Beginners Guide to Wisdom Capture

Minutes of meetings are not always the best way to record an idea or a decision. Capturing the wisdom is also gives the group a chance to synthesis its wisdom, by searching for patterns. This is an amazing example of what is possible… G

Beginners Guide to Open Space

Working on What matters Open Space is a powerful process for people to come together to explore and plan the issue that they most care about. As with the World Café approach, there is an over arching question (‘wicked question’) which is developed by the initiating group. Open Space is …

Jan/Feb workshop update

Jan – Using ABCD to respond to Domestic Violence and other complex community issues ABCD offers congregations a way of thinking about how it might respond to concerns in the community.  For this workshop we will apply ABCD to the issue of domestic violence – due to its prevalence in the …