Monday November 27 2017, 8:45 AM
@ Sydney, Australia
Attendees:  @Dee Brooks

27-29 November 2017
9.30am – 4.30pm
SydWest Multicultural Services
Level 2, 125 Main St, Blacktown

3 Day Immersion Program
Sliding scale: $500-$900 (excluding GST – more details below)

More information on the Jeder Institute website

The Difference

The 3-day Immersion is for anyone who works or lives in a community; that’s everyone! It is for service providers, consultants, organisations and community members who would like to further explore an existing project or initiative or develop an idea during the experiential which is underpinned by the following principles:

  • No death by PowerPoint
  • Peer to peer village learning
  • Project development opportunities
  • Based on decades of grassroots experience
  • We learn by being involved and having fun together!


The What

Experience how to blend ABCD with a range of powerful strengths-based approaches to community work which, focus on discovering and mobilising the resources already present in a community and discover how complementary methodologies and practices can co-create powerful outcomes. You will leave with practical tools & skills on how to:

  • Focus on assets rather than deficiencies
  • Develop an integrated set of asset maps
  • Discover proactive intersections between methodologies
  • Apply strengths-based monitoring and evaluation techniques
  • Build effective partnership strategies
  • Increase confidence in hosting group processes
  • Form “good” questions and proposals
  • Explore group dynamics and decision-making processes


The How

Experience how to blend ABCD with a range of powerful strengths-based approaches to community work and participatory practices through co-design, innovation & collaboration processes and practices. Move through dialogue to action & discover how to address complex challenges and explore how facilitating interactive workshops and group processes is good sense when bringing stakeholders together to create innovative solutions. By exploring the following methodologies & practices, participants will learn how these weave together for collective action:

  • Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD)
  • Results Based Accountability (RBA)
  • Change and/or Social Labs
  • Art of Hosting & Harvesting Conversations & Work that Matters
  • Circle Methodology
  • World Café
  • Open Space Technology
  • Appreciative Inquiry & SOAR
  • Graphic Harvesting
  • DEC Thinking & Breath Patterns
  • Presencing & Theory U
  • Next Stage Organising & Living Systems


Through these methodologies you will:

  • Discover underpinning frameworks to:
    • Shape your projects and/or ideas
    • Develop a “roadmap”
    • Sustain long-term work
  • Experiment with dozens of tools and techniques for:
    • Engagement
    • Visioning
    • Action
  • Leave with confidence and practice in how to:
    • Develop, maintain and nurture relationships
    • Get a diverse range of voices around the table
    • Engage others in conversations that matter



“We have scientific and technical labs for solving our most difficult scientific and technical challenges. We need social labs to solve our most pressing social challenges.”


(Zaid Hassan, The Social Labs Revolution)



The Why

Many of the challenges that communities face require transformational change from organisations to support the raising of community member’s voices, knowledge and skills and to effectively tap into the communities’ current networks and resources. The Experiential will support participants to deepen their understanding and learn new techniques and strategies for work in:

  • Citizen &/or Community-led Initiatives
  • Asset-based or Place-based projects
  • Collective Impact &/or Action work
  • Collaboration for Change &/or Community Conversations
  • Participatory Citizen’s Juries &/or Budgeting, & more


Participants will have the opportunity to collectively respond to societies’ Wicked Challenges along with supporting each other through learning participatory practices and processes to discover new ways of working together!


The Who

The Experiential will be individually and collectively beneficial for all participants, ranging from neighbours and community groups to services and organisations.

Community members and groups will:

  • Learn skills on hosting participatory processes
  • Develop a deeper understanding of group dynamics
  • Discover how to create space for collective decision making

Practitioners and organisations will:

  • Discover how to lead by stepping back
  • Explore ways to encourage local buy-in
  • Develop deeper community-led practices and processes


#Community engagement #Community development #Community building #Community capacity building #Community organising #Community-led #Citizen-led


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