Thriving in the 21st Century was a Community Waikato conference for the social service organisations we serve within the Waikato region, and those who are involved with this sector.
Our sector is operating in a challenging environment, both socially and financially. We need to work smarter and more efficiently to achieve positive outcomes for those we serve while remaining viable and true to our values. The increasing pressure on the community sector to achieve more with less requires us to challenge the way we have done things in the past.
The aim of this conference was to reignite our passions and motivate us to think and act differently. To acknowledge what we are doing well and challenge our preconceived ideas to think outside the square to ensure we thrive moving forward in the 21st century.
Highlights of the conference included: Keynote speakers – Lindsay Cumberpatch, Dr Hirini Kaa, Sir Graeme Dingle, and Erinna and Chris Lane from Stop the Bus. All speakers were engaging, and inspirational. A key theme that came through from all speakers was the importance of ‘Working Together’ or collaboration.
Other conference highlights included Back Benches, the Dragons Den, Learning Marketplace, the Beca Corporate Prize, kapa haka, engaging workshops, the cocktail event, and business card draws to name just a few.
There were many opportunities to benefit from conference, with perhaps the key one being the networking and connections made.