The Art and Science of Convening for Collaboration and Systems Change

In this online workshop series, you will learn:

  • How to get the right people in the room.
  • How to develop the skills and talents in your team for great convening, how to select the right early leaders and how to create a compelling call to action to invite them in.
  • How to keep them there doing influential work.
  • How to cultivate the mindsets and methods to help others bring their whole selves, be ambitious and accountable for their action and behaviour, setting the scene for action towards impact and cultivating a team that will hold together.

Who is it for?

Convenors, funders, coordinators, leaders, backbone teams of collaborations for systems change looking for ideas & inspiration for convening collaborations.


This online workshop series will be held over 2x half-day sessions in March 2022. Dates are TBC.



Price per person (+ GST):

Standard $ 700
Not-for-profit $ 590
Group discount (bookings of 3+) $ 490

A 10% discount is available when you purchase 3 or more events in CFI’s Systems Change Learning Program 2021-22. Get in touch for package offers, large group discounts and tailored sessions for your organisation.

For queries, contact

Kate Simpson

I have spent the last 20 years working with individuals, groups and organisations to make the change they want, in complex settings. As a leader and facilitator, I am a specialist in brokering multi stakeholder collaborations, hosting engagement processes on sensitive issues, working with groups looking at how to effect change across whole systems.

Internationally, my experience includes working with global partners on World Trade negotiations, with communities and advocates tackling HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa, with the UN and donors, governments and International NGOs in the interests of disaster prone or effected communities in Asia and supporting the evolution of multi stakeholder networks on climate in the Pacific. In Australia I have been working alongside First Nations leaders in a couple of remote communities, have led complex and sensitive engagement processes on issues like LGBTIQ+ multicultural experiences of acceptance on lack of, domestic violence, elder abuse.

I have provided specialist coaching, training and facilitation for and with local leaders towards building diverse, inspired and effective leadership teams; ensuring community members are leading the work; brokering multi stakeholder commitments to change plans; advising around data use and indicator setting and political and policy influencing.

I have been an active champion of the possibility that through disciplined and inspired collaboration we can do soooo much better in Australia. At CFI I am one of the people who bang on about how to build the right container for the work. I love this stuff and am really booking forward to sharing this experience and enthusiasm with you!

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