Engaging Community throughout your Collaboration: From Insight to Action

This online workshop series will build your capacity to create conditions for collaboration with community.

You will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of the power of well considered community involvement – from the language used, the ideas generated, the energy unleashed; having local citizens in leadership, in support roles, telling the story is what holds a collaboration together for the long haul.
  • Learn strategies to involve community members at multiple levels in collaborations.

Who is it for?

Members of collaborations who are grappling with how to engage community members or lived experience in all aspects of your collaboration.


This online workshop series will be held over 2x half-day sessions in February 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 learning@collaborationforimpact.com

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!

Max Hardy

Max Hardy (B Soc Science, ASS Dip Soc Wel, Cert Prac NLP, MIAP2) is one of Australia’s foremost experts in co-design and deliberative processes and has designed and facilitated over 30 deliberative panels since 1998. He regularly delivers workshops and masterclasses on deliberative processes at conferences and for the professional development programs of the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Victorian Local Government Association, IAP2 and Collaboration for Impact. Renowned internationally as a skilful facilitator, including virtual workshops, Max has developed innovative models for collaboration and community engagement, for which he has won numerous national and international awards.

Max Hardy specialises in collaborative governance, process and solution codesign, appreciative inquiry, strategic questioning, collective impact and designing, facilitating and evaluating deliberative community engagement processes.

In 2020 Max co-produced a self-paced training course titled Authentic Co-design, along with scientist Dr Anthony Boxshall (Science into Action) and engagement specialist Susan Carter (The Community Studio).

He co-facilitated Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament and facilitated a world café session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney.

As a Master Trainer for IAP2 Max co-designed and facilitated two training academies in 2006 and 2008, in Alberta Canada, and Edinburgh, UK respectively.

He has co-authored two books, presented papers at numerous international conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.

Max is an IAP2 Ambassador, an associate of Collaboration for Impact and regular collaborator with the Tamarack Institute, Canada (Max delivered training in 5 Canadian cities through Tamarack Institute in 2019).

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