Peter kenyon pres Community Engagement WA Early Years NP by HC12052101536


-WA Early Years
 Groups Forum –
Peter Kenyon, Bank of I.D.E.A.S
“Leadership and learning
are indispensable from
          each other”

 (John F Kennedy, prepared for delivery in
 Dallas, the day of his assassination, Nov,
‘It’s what you learn
after you know it
all, that counts.’
     (John Wooden)
‘There can be no
keener revelation of a
society’s soul, than the
way it
treats its
(Nelson Mandela)
 ‘If you want to go
faster, go alone. If
   you want to go
further, go together.’
     (African Proverb)
‘It takes a whole
village to raise a
     (African Proverb)
‘It takes a child to
  inspire a village.’
       (Bliss Browne)
 The word 'community' is a broad term
    used to define groups of people;
     whether they are stakeholders,
 interest groups, citizen groups etc. A
community may be a geographic location
 (community of place), a community of
      similar interest (community of
practice), or a community of affiliation
or identity (such as industry or sporting
   (Dept of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria)
   ‘Engagement' is used as a generic,
  inclusive term to describe the broad
 range of interactions between people.
It can include a variety of approaches,
    such as one-way communication or
    information delivery, consultation,
      involvement and collaboration in
decision-making, and empowered action
        in informal groups or formal
      (Dept of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria)
Community engagement can take many forms and
covers a broad range of activities. Some
 Informing the community of policy and program
 Consulting the community as part of a process to
  develop policy and program, or build community
  awareness and understanding.
 Involving the community through a range of mechanisms
  to ensure that issues and concerns are understood and
  they become part of the decision-making process.
 Collaborating with the community by developing
  partnerships to formulate options and provide
 Empowering the community to make decisions and to
  become part of implementing and managing change.
 Resource Kit
      For Starting and Sustaining
    ‘Early Years’ Community Networks

    ‘Communities working together to
       improve outcomes for their

  Produced by the Dept for Communities
         Key learning 1
         Build from the Inside Out

‘I work from the
firm belief that
the issue,
community is
the answer.”’
(Margaret Wheatley, Author)
 ‘Strong communities are created
 when residents are the producers
of their own future. They can not
   be replaced. No professional,
institution, business or government
   can substitute for the power,
     creativity or relevance of
      productive residents’.

            (Mike Green)
  ‘The more parent and
resident fingerprints that
     can be found on a
project, the more likely it
  is that project will be
       meaningful and
        (Cormac Russell)
‘All the historic evidence indicates
    that significant community
development only takes place when
    local community people are
committed to investing themselves
and their resources in the effort.
  That's why you can't develop
communities from the top down, or
       from the outside in’
       (John McKnight, Jody Kretzmann)
‘Most communities can often be
compared to a football game
where 30,000 people who need
the exercise, turn up to watch
36 players
who don’t.’
(Peter Kenyon)
‘People support what
they help to create.
They want to make it
      (Peter Kenyon)
            Key learning 2
         Move from Inform to Empower

       Public Participation Spectrum

        Increasing level of public impact

Inform Consult   Involve   Collaborate Empower
   Key learning 3
 Focus on relationship building

‘Relationship building is
the fundamental action
of community building.’
          (Libby Ozinga)
      Key learning 4
     Discover what people care about
   ‘There is no
    power for
 change greater
      than a
discovering what
it cares about’.
 (Margaret Wheatley, Author)
     ‘People who
      care are a
community’s greatest
   asset.’   (Paul Born)
 ‘When people come together
  in conversation about what
 truly matters to them, they
      take ownership and
responsibility for moving their
  issues and ideas into wiser
      actions that last ’.
        (The Art of Hosting)
‘Determination, energy and
courage appear
spontaneously when
we care deeply.
We take risks that
are unimaginative in
any other context’.
(Margaret Wheatley)
Community: a place filled with care
 Care remains invisible unless you have
  conversations about what people care
 People may not care about what you want
  them to care about.
 Care must be discovered through
 Learning conversations are the way to
  build relationships that make care visible.
                 (Mike Green)
       Key learning 5
   Remember the importance of

   Creating a positive change
begins simply with conversation.
 It is the way we human beings
 have always thought together
       and initiated action.’
            (Peter Kenyon)
‘The simplest and most powerful
   investment any member of a
  community or an organisation
       may make in terms of
  community building is to begin
   talking with other people as
 though the answers mattered.’
         (William Greider)
            Key learning 6
        Start where people are at
             ‘Go to the people
              Live among them
             Learn from them
                 Love them
        Start with what they know
         Build on what they have
But of the best leaders when their task is
          The people will remark
     “We have it done it ourselves”’.
                  (Lao Tze)
                 Nugal Region
   40 schools visited and 16,000 students
   140 young people involved in dialogues dubbed
    ‘work towards your dreams’ during half time
    breaks in live soccer broadcast venues;
   131 young labourers consulted at four
    construction sites;
   300 girls involved in discussions at three
    Burranbur sessions;
   180 young scholars gathered in 34 tea houses
    near mosques engaged in conversations;
 125 young people within IDP’s were
  involved in discussions;
 48 young people from minority groups were
 510 young people were engaged in 25 khat
  chewer ‘bushes’;
 80 milk vendors and delivery boys, and 30
  checkpoint guards contributed their
  opinions; and finally
 25,000 young people tuned into a range of
  radio awareness and talkback programmes.
Mudginbadi, Kakadu
It’s all about these guys and their futures
  Key learning 7
Be  innovative
         ‘     in
conversation and
   Great Example-
               Key learning 8
                 Have fun!

‘Why hold a meeting,
     when you
     can have
     a party?’
(Jim Diers, former Director Department
   of Neighborhoods, City of Seattle)
 Remember that …

    ‘’Food is to a
community what water
       is to fish’
     Key learning 9
      Don’t preach
     concepts, tell
‘The world is not made up of
   atoms, it is made up of
          (Peter Kenyon)
‘Story telling is the most
powerful way to put ideas
  into the world today’.
        (Robert McKee)
    Key learning 10
   Promote, ‘ promote
      and promote

“Without promotion, something
terrible happens…nothing!”
       (PT Barnum)
   Key learning 11
  Recognise, reward
  and develop local
‘There are two ‘things people want
   more than sex and money …
     recognition and praise.’
           (Mary Kay Ash)
     Key learning 12
      Kick some
‘Nothing breeds success, like
       success’ (Annon)
  Don’t just
meet to meet,
 meet to go
  -Saul Allinsky
  “Effective community
    engagement and
involvement ai’nt rocket
science stuff…it’s about
attention to some basics”
Creative tool …Café
Café Conversation Ground Rules
    •Focus on what matters to you
•Contribute your thinking and those ‘out
            of a box’ ideas
      •Speak your mind and heart
        •Link and connect ideas
         •Listen to understand
          •Play Doodle Draw
              •Have fun!
Discussion Question 1-
Engaging local community
people- share practical
experiences about what
 you have found works.
    Discussion 2-
Share what you have
 found builds strong
Network collaboration
      Discussion 3-
Re the future, what needs
   to happen to build a
 ‘Network of Networks’ ?

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 ‘We want so much that our
daughters know a community
life that is truly
dream has always been that
Anne will the get the chance
  to live a life where she is
    needed for her gifts’ ‘
          (Mike Green)
‘I can’t save the world
on my will take
 at least three of us’
   (Bill Mollison, founder of the
      Permaculture Movement)
‘To journey through chaos, we must engage
      with one another as explorers and
    discoverers. I believe the passage is
  possible only if we claim these roles. We
   need to realize that no single person or
 school of thought has the answer, because
    what’s required is far beyond isolated
 answers. We need to realize that we must
 inquire together to find the new. We need
to turn to one another as our best hope for
inventing and discovering the worlds we are
           (Margaret Wheatley)
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