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  1. Grass-roots Community Ownership Community Members Working Together for Positive Change Josephine Lebbing 0438 045 853 Facebook Page: Empowerment Network Western Australia
  2. • Every person is valuable and has something to contribute. • Community building can only really happen from the inside out. • Collectively we have the capacity to create communities in which we can all thrive.
  3. INQUIRY HONESTYRESPECT Acceptance Understanding Trust RELATIONSHIP Grass-roots Community Ownership RELATIONSHIPS: THE THREADS THAT CREATE COMMUNITY Tim Muirhead, Weaving Tapestries
  4. Grass-roots Community Ownership People and relationships must come first. The frameworks, systems, processes which we operate within need to evolve to reflect this… Know that change takes times and that you / we can start practicing right now.
  5. You can make a difference. You can choose to make that difference a positive one. Grass-roots Community Ownership By growing our self-awareness we increase our capacity for working with others in a positive way.
  6. Habits of Seeing, Thinking, Feeling, Behaving Individual Collective Power ‘over’ Empowering Success Meaning Surface / Facade Deep / Heart felt & meaningful Directing Facilitating Fixed / Linear Movable / Circular Macro/Micro Simplified (Complex = Too Hard) Complex / Whole View / System Program / Outcome Focussed Person, Process & System Focussed Planning & Control Emergence & Choice Debate / Discussion Dialogue Expert / Patient Personal responsibility Critical & Assumptions Curious & Explorative Needs Assets / Strengths / Gifts Right / Wrong, Black / White Opportunities & ‘Have a go’, Colourful Problems & Issues Constraints & Challenges Shouldn’t. Can’t. Don’t. Could Dependent / Co-dependent Independent / Interdependent Top down, Hierarchy Bottom up / Inside Out, Networks Limited & Constricting Expansive & Opening
  7. Habits of Seeing, Thinking, Feeling, Behaving • Like changing any habit, attention and practice are necessary….. • Practice being mindful of ‘which glasses’ you are wearing.. • Ask yourself are these glasses helpful in getting me where I want to be? What you focus on grows…. Perspective & focus directly influences your capacity… Focus on what You CAN Do and what enlivens you!
  8. Family Comfort Zones Characteristics: Private person / Open Person; Slow / Fast Mover; Talkative / Quiet Attributes: people person, organising, arty, doing, interacting Agendas, Intentions Experiences Culture Connections Dreams/Visions Concerns Interaction Characteristics: In Charge; ‘Doer - Get things going; Planners; Behind the scenes. Interest Areas: Age Specific; Art, Craft & Culture; Community Building; Education & Training; Emergency Services; Environment & Sustainability; Health & Wellbeing; Service or Self Help Groups; Social or Special Interest / Beliefs; Sport & Recreation Perspectives Roles Spirituality Stories Values Needs: Survival, Love and Belonging, Power, Freedom, Fun. Passions Personality Type History Habits/Patterns Health & Wellbeing Ideals & Expectations Beliefs Grass-roots Community Ownership INDIVIDUALS COMPLEXITIES
  9. INQUIRY HONESTYRESPECT Acceptance Understanding Trust RELATIONSHIP Grass-roots Community Ownership GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE Tim Muirhead, Weaving Tapestries • Be curious and inquisitive. • Find out their stories. • What’s important to them? • What do they care about?
  10. When you don’t find common ground, differences become barriers. When common ground is achieved, differences are appreciated. Sandra Krempl The Five Dimensions of Community
  11. Our Community A dynamic selection of complex individuals in relationship with each other…..
  12. Grass-roots Community Ownership What can we do? Nurture our Communities Capacity for Sharing Stories, Connecting & Celebrating by: • Value –adding to what’s already there. • Creating forums for sharing. Nurture our Communities Capacity for Working Together • Evolving frameworks, systems, processes and tools to be people focussed. Our Individual Capacity for Influencing Positive Change • Grow your self awareness of your ‘habits’; your complexities, what you care about, what frustrates you, what it looks like when you operate in an effective and sustainable way.
  13. Grass-roots Community Ownership Nurture our Communities Capacity for Working Together Work together to develop meetings and project management processes. • Start with small steps. • Identify your allies and invite them to explore what the process would look like if it was the ideal of: Inclusive, sustainable and reinvigorating…. • Be mindful of developing a shared language and understanding of the aims and processes of communication. • Plan – do – reflect. • Repeat
  14. Grass-roots Community Ownership Check In: How are we all feeling? Feelings Matter They can be like a gauge on the dashboard. How’s the fuel tank?
  15. Nurture the exploration and co-creation of inclusive and sustainable projects…. “Give a man fish and he eats for a day. Teach him how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime”.
  16. Castlemaine Crowd Castlemaine Crowd is crowd funding gone local. The collection showcases local projects from Castlemaine and surrounding districts of Mount Alexander Shire. Become a micro-philanthropist and give life to one of the projects in your community! Or apply to add your own project to Castlemaine Crowd!
  17. Proactive Community Building: • Complexities are important and need to be considered when developing new group habits: Inclusive; Sustainable; Accountable; • Change takes time…. Trust that it takes time…..that there are no big bang, showy, one size fits all ‘answer’. • For each individual, the steps will be different. • It is not a linear process. We plan to allow for emergence. This is where the exciting stuff happens • Timing is everything! • Empowerment cannot be done by one person (or service) to another. It is a process which requires certain conditions. It’s a collective approach where we work together to be the best individuals we can be for the benefit of all… • Language matters – it can either disconnect or connect. Develop a common language around working with others which is suitable to the community: inclusivity. • Openness: Shared experience; shared opportunities to grow; shared weight/responsibility. Not reliant on individuals. • Build people’s confidence and understanding of: running community projects; the complexities of community; their own skills, attributes, challenges. • ‘Community work’ is most effective when ongoing, consistent and reliable support for groups and projects is provided to assist them to self-organise.
  18. Creating a positive future begins in human conversation. The simplest and most powerful investment any member of a community or an organization may make in renewal is to begin talking with other people as though the answers mattered. William Grieder, Who Will Tell the People?