Julius Daniel Mata
The purpose of this workshop is to take you on a journey of navigation, exploration and Discovery. This workshop will have a specific focus on the navigation stories from a Pacific Island perspective, and how this initial journey can lead on to opportunities of exploration and discovery. Our lives are centered around the three main themes of Navigation, exploration and discovery and this workshop will take you on a journey on how the past, has a profound impact on the present, and how we can use these findings to discover a brighter future for our communities. This workshop will have specific references to the Cook Islands People migration to New Zealand, how this has impacted the children of this migration pattern in particular those in the South Waikato, and how these opportunities have paved the way for a positive future with specific reference to the South Waikato YMCA. The workshop aims at highlighting the key theme of leadership in communities and how this can be best fostered to have positive outcomes for all.
Var Crompton, Elaine Bliss, Janelle Fisher
Interactionz has over 50 years of stories of organisational and personal transformation. Interactionz believes that telling one’s own story is an act of empowerment (Rappaport, 2000). Historically the stories of persons with disabilities were largely untold or, at best, told by a third party. Digital storytelling is a progressive methodology that makes meaning by putting the person in the driver seat of the storytelling process. Since 2009 Interactionz has partnered with Digital Storytelling Aotearoa to explore personal and organisational transformation through digital storytelling. This workshop celebrates the life journey of Var, from a teenager attending the Interactionz day service to the woman she is today working for Interactionz and (by the time of the conference will be) a mother! The context and content of Var’s stories provide insight into person driven practice, active citizenship and social change, while exploring her unique vision of a ‘good life’.
Michelle Daly, Michaela Latimer
The Graeme Dingle Foundation want Aotearoa to be the best place in the world to be young. We want to help our tamariki and rangatahi understand that what they have inside is greater than any obstacle.
This whakataukī talks to community, to collaboration and a strengths-based approach. In this workshop, we’ll share the kaupapa of the Graeme Dingle Foundation and hear stories from young people and mentors in our Waikato programmes. We’ll discuss Lerner’s 5C’s of positive youth development and share frameworks you can use to support young people to become confident contributors who enable change in their communities.
“It's seeing where you're going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you've been.” - Maui, shapeshifter, demigod of the wind and sea, hero of men and women.
At the centre of marae development are the dreams and aspirations of whānau, hapū and iwi. In 2018 Te Tari Taiwhenua (Internal Affairs) & Te Puni Kōkiri partnered together to create a joint fund to support whānau, hapū and iwi to work together in defining, planning and achieving their dreams and aspirations for the cultural and physical development of their marae.
The marae development plan is a key aspect of this fund. In this workshop community advisors Mary Wilson and David Paitai will outline the process of gathering your whānau stories, dreams and aspirations to see where you have come from, to know where you are and where you want to be. You will learn to utilise available resources to engage your whānau, hapū and iwi in order to create a marae development plan that connects past, present and future and ensure the sustainable development of your marae.
While all interested attendees are welcome, marae trustees, iwi/hapū leaders, marae beneficiaries and whānau members of marae would benefit most from this session.
Nic Greene, Tracey Cameron
Housing is a fundamental human right. Habitat supports low income families with housing programmes that include home ownership, home repair and secure tenure rental. Families bring with them stories of the challenges of living in sub-standard, cold and damp homes and the impact that environment has on their wellbeing. Unfortunately, this all happens, literally, behind closed doors. This workshop will investigate the use of story telling to capture the power of a home and its impact on not just family wellbeing but the community in which they live. We will also look at how partnerships in this space increase the impact and reach of our programmes in the more remote parts of the central north island.
Social media is a very powerful platform for telling our stories. But it also puts huge pressure on many of us (and our organisations), to present an ‘awesome’ self to the world. It seems that to tell a good and persuasive story, we must be exceptional or sensational otherwise people won’t be interested and no one will listen. Worse, they might shame us. We certainly cannot show who we really are or put our true selves out there. We - or our organisation - land up wearing masks, which serve to disengage others from us.
Together we’ll look at how authenticity is a powerful antidote to this. We’ll revisit ways we as community practitioners can facilitate the kinds of environments which enable authentic, strong, clear and powerful stories to be told, which lead to stronger people – whether that’s an individual or an organisational team.
Dr Rebekah Graham
To begin, we will briefly discuss the power of a single story to challenge people’s thinking, the need for new ways of talking about complex issues, and the power of stories in being a change agent to facilitate new ways of thinking and talking about such issues. Following this we will workshop ways you can harness your stories and knowledge of your community group write policies, communicate with local councils and/or DHB’s, and contribute to national-level change.
Particular focus will be given to how a single story, or a group of stories, can be used to powerfully advocate for policy change and garnering support. Bring with you your ideas and the specific changes you wish to achieve, so we can workshop how to craft a case to illustrate your key ideas and communicate your specific points clearly and concisely.
This presentation will tell the story of the innovative, social impact start-up called ‘RAW’ (Reclaim Another Woman) and its quest to break the ever-growing intergenerational cycle of recidivist offending, educational underachievement, persistent poverty and violence for a group of New Zealand women aged 18 – 50.
Join Annah Stretton - fashion designer, social entrepreneur and founder of RAW as she shares a journey filled with triumph and failure, courage and fear. This presentation will not only demonstrate just how potent a tool storytelling is for healing, learning and bringing communities together, but it will also help to remind us that, for all of our differences, there is much that we share.
The success of RAW's work in surrounding female offenders with all the skills, confidence, and support they need to turn a life of crime into a life of promise has been acknowledged through numerous awards and most importantly, by NZ Corrections.
Strategic Planning for marae, different or the same? Distilling a vision statement for marae can be as much about where we’ve come from as where we are going. Packing as much into a statement as possible, that’s the same. Using as few words as possible, yep that’s the same as well, making it relevant for your target audience, ditto. And yes the vision statement should stir the emotions, inspire and motivate a change in behaviour and be the navigational star that served the ancestors for thousands of years.
So what is different? This workshop looks at where the touch points for finding that vision statement might be? Gary Thompson, the Kaiwhakarite for Community Waikato will share his experiences in helping marae find that statement and present a few examples
The ancestors used whakatauki or a metaphorical verse to portray their ideas, concepts and principles. “Iti te kupu, nui te whakaaro” is one such verse. Gary’s proposition is that the use of poetry or metaphorical verse is as relevant in Marae Development as it might be anywhere else.
Tania Weidenbohm, Tania Wihongi, Denise Messiter
Even though there is information out there about domestic violence, there remains a code of silence that protects leaders who are abusers. This presentation explores themes from quarterly community conversations hosted by Te Whariki Manawahine O Hauraki, focusing on Leadership and Breaking the Silence around Domestic Violence. A panel of community members participate in facilitated conversations about the topic and following this the audience are placed into groups to discuss what they have heard and what they can realistically do when it comes to breaking the silence that protects community leaders who are alleged abusers.
The purpose of Courageous Conversations is to contribute to strengthening communities through their stories, giving agency to community thinking, knowledge and ways of addressing leadership and domestic violence. These forums also provide us with the opportunity to make real-time service changes led by community voice and intelligence.
Many big corporates long ago abandoned traditional company-wide strategic plans and have started using more creative techniques to better effect. This is an even better approach for your average community organisation. Uncovering and carefully using the right strategic stories can be more effective than your usual strategic plan (and much more fun). This interactive session will introduce the basic ideas behind this approach and give you the opportunity to try out what both the content of strategic stories could look like, and in what ways you could best put them to use in your organisation.
This presentation tells the story of the Hamilton Halo project in bringing back Tui to the City. It is a story of collaboration, of science, planning and politics. It is a story of cities and biodiversity.
Improving the environmental health of our city and wider region is important to me, it is important to the community. It is also a vital part of sustainability.
When Project Halo was developed over 10 years ago there was significant resistance from the community, funders and decision makers. However, today the project is a huge success and the wider community value it.
How this happened, why it happened and how we use what we learned is story that is worth telling.
Our biodiversity remains at threat. There is more to be done. Building on Halo and other successes locally and internationally we can begin to write more great stories.
Cynthia Ward, Jacqui Gage-Brown
In 2015, True Colours Children Health Trust formed a partnership with strategic marketing consultancy HGB and started a journey of self-discovery to gain clarity around their purpose, values and messaging.
Discover the collaborative process undertaken by HGB and True Colours that helped them define their Kaupapa and make tangible differences across their organisation, including funding success, community awareness and ongoing support.
We all have an important story to tell, in a busy charitable sector we need people outside of our own organisations to understand us. Gaining clarity around our purpose, values and messaging and infusing symbolism and meaning into our organisation allows us to strengthen our story. It gives us a solid foundation upon which we can build sustainable strategies.
Discovering this requires expertise, often external lenses, and courageous conversations. Along the way, powerful partnerships can be built, with collaboration, empowerment and growth across the working teams. As a charity, there is a lot that can be offered to the corporate world, in return for their investment.
The New Zealand Red Cross has the mission to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity and enhancing community resilience. NZRC’s strength is based on Seven Fundamental Principles and International Humanitarian Law which guides our mission and values. During our presentation, we will show how these principles inform and guide our mission by preparing, responding and enabling our community to face adverse environments with strength and unity. We will share how we have developed our current Disaster Risk Management Strategy and how we locally and nationally implementing this strategy. This includes the development of emergency preparedness resources, emergency guidelines and business continuity plans.
Adrienne and Gary DaltonNZ has the 3rd fastest growing economy yet the 2nd worst social statistics. How can business skills and resources assist communities to change these appalling statistics?
Jo Wrigley, Anna Casey-Cox, Camilla Carty-Melis
Are you thinking about collaboration but not sure where to start? Or wanting to improve partnerships you already have? Perhaps you have ideas but aren't sure how to get them off the ground? Then come along to this action-packed workshop to help you develop and grow your relationships with other organisations. Jo Wrigley, Manager at Go Eco, will begin by sharing some of the strengths and challenges to creating effective inter-organisational partnerships. Then, Anna and Camilla will help you identify opportunities and develop a plan for creating collaborations specific to your organisation. We guarantee you'll leave with new ideas, new energy, and new friends!
Marion Baird, William MorrisStorytelling inspires others who struggle with similar issues. Sharing of experience gives people the knowledge that they are not alone. Finding ways to stay nourished when you face challenges / obstacles that can deplete your energy. Core beliefs that keep you in a job that isn’t always easy. From our struggles comes the most significant growth.
Identifying external stakeholders is one thing. Knowing how to prioritise and leverage these relationships is another. What if you could shrink your list of 100 stakeholders down to 5 and get better results from narrowing your focus? Well, you can.
In our work as social workers, counsellors, facilitators and support workers we are effectively agents of change. How change is instigated and supported varies considerably but at Waihi Community Resource Centre we are strong advocates for strength-based practice. We see this as a positive, can do approach which encourages people to look at the stories of their lives and to search, even when in the depths of despair and completely overwhelmed by problems, for those occasions when something actually did go well. We hold the belief that there always is something – a recognition or recollection of an experience or skill which at some time made a difference in their life. This becomes the building block or foundation of the change process.
This presentation is the story of how we applied these beliefs to our organisation when it became despairing, totally overwhelmed and insolvent ……. And what happened next!