Should we defend our communities and fight our hierarchy for genuine ethical engagement, or should we agree with and defend our hierarchy, restricting engagement to align with our employer’s timeframes, budget and resources?
Engage 2 Act Youth was asked to work with Max Hardy and Brimbank Council's Youth Citizens Jury in order to explore ideas to improve the connection between Council and local young people. In typical Engage 2 Act Youth fashion, young people ran the show, presenting ideas to each other for discussion and debate.
What can we community engagement practitioners do in our professional roles to facilitate respectful conversations about reconciliation and a voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Read the thoughts of Engage 2 Act board member Clare Murrell followed by a perspective from Jack Latimore, Daily Editor, IndigenousX, to provoke some thinking for us.
At the Kidference, we worked with the grown ups to come up with some rules for grown ups who are looking to engage with children and young people on decision making or problem solving. We wrote them all down on sticky notes. Becky grouped everything we'd said in to some overall themes. Here are our RULES for engaging with children and young people!
To use local knowledge, experts need to reassess and change what they were initially planning to do. And change is not something that comes easily. Most experts like to do what they planned all along. Research has revealed that local knowledge that is most likely to be influential in these processes if the knowledge that is most closely aligned with what organisers or experts were already planning to do.
In this interview, Engage 2 Act President & Co-Founder, Becky Hirst, chats with Wendy Sarkissian about bravery and courage in community engagement, particularly in relation to the winners of the 2017 Engage 2 Act inaugural Wendy Sarkissian Award for Courage in Community Engagement, Pang Jai Fabric Market in Hong Kong.
We want to ‘Make Engagement Great Again’. We want to help advance the practice of community engagement. We want to put community engagement on the map and in the minds of all. So let's have a Global Community Engagement Day!
What a year! Community engagement is gaining MASSIVE momentum as a sector, a profession and a passion. Heading to the end of year, I'm wondering what was your high point in the world of Engage 2 Act during 2017?
Communities can be a wonderful source of knowledge and expertise, and Max Hardy demonstrates that giving them the opportunity to rise to the occasion through thoughtful questions can improve decisions, generate change and enhance democracy.
On Sunday 29 October 2017, we (and our own little people) met with a group of children and young people from The Field Trip to discuss "What's possible?" for establishing an Engage 2 Act youth division. This is what happened!