Harnessing the Power of Community
Harnessing the Power of Community

Community Engagement Strategies That Work

The Harnessing the Power of Community workshop will provide both a broad understanding of community engagement strategies and rationale along with the opportunity to learn how to apply an innovative new engagement planning tool called the Engagement Canvas for projects that you may be undertaking.   

Recently launched by Business Lab, the Engagement Canvas was the focus of a number of workshops at the National Not for Profit Conference in February where feedback from workshop participants emphasised the user-friendly nature of the Canvas in breaking down a complex engagement project into manageable  and practical steps.  It helped users better understand the value of engaging externally and how this strengthens organisational direction, culture, and partnerships.  

All organisations have a community of interest, be it a community of residents, a community of service providers, members, customers, businesses. Within each of these communities, there is power to be harnessed to supercharge your organisation’s efforts.  This workshop will take you through a tried and tested approach, underpinned by strong co-design principles, that effectively engage your community and motivates them to support the achievement of your organisational goals. 

On completion of the Harnessing the Power of your Community engagement training workshop, you will take away a near-complete Engagement Canvas for a project you are responsible for. This will enable you to hit the ground running in kicking off your project successfully. 

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the engagement options and the reasoning for choosing each approach.
  2. Learn best practice principles and success factors that underpin effective community engagement
  3. Add user-friendly methods and tools to support your engagement activities including the Engagement Canvas planning tool
  4. Study real and relevant engagement success stories from around the country
  5. The opportunity to apply your learning to a project of your choosing and take away an engagement plan ready for implementation
  6. Networking with like-minded people from a broad range of sectors
  7. Learn strategies for Dealing with Community Opposition and Outrage


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Who Should Attend:

  1. Representatives of community organisations where stakeholder and community engagement is a priority in strategic planning, project management or working with funders
  2. Representatives of central and local government involved in project delivery or policy development where engagement with a particular community of interest is a priority
  3. Changemakers looking to better engage with community sentiment
  4. Funders interested in supporting their clients to engage more effectively with the communities they serve 

About the Presenter:

Facilitated by Colin Bass, Director of Business Lab, The Harnessing the Power of Community One Day Workshop will present the opportunity for you to develop a comprehensive engagement plan for a project of your choosing and have that peer-reviewed during the workshop.  You will learn best practice principles and methods for ensuring your engagement is successful.  You will come away from the workshop prepared to hit the ground running with your engagement project once back in the office.  

Business Lab has been at the forefront of designing innovative engagement frameworks for public sector and community organisations across New Zealand for almost 20 years.  Colin will share his engagement experiences with you and help you understand how international trends like collective impact, inclusive development and localism apply to your engagement efforts.  

Dates & Locations:

Wellington - Wednesday 17th June
Venue TBC
Palmerston North - Thursday 18 June
Venue TBC
Auckland - Wednesday 24th June
Venue TBC
New Plymouth - Wednesday 1 July
Venue TBC

Price & Registration

One Day Workshop
Earlybird Special - $250.00 + GST
Standard Price - $275.00 + GST

If you are sending 3 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.

Registration process

Payment online is by VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Upon hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Feona Horrex on 027 204 0425 or email: feona@grow.co.nz

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $50.00 plus GST per attendee service charge

If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred. 

All cancellations must be received in writing (email). 

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop.

Morning tea and lunch are included.

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
Feona Horrex at feona@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 027 204 0425