Generating Creative Outcomes with Communities

Paul Porteous – Director of Leadership Development and International Programs at the University of Canberra, former diplomat, and international lawyer – will help you understand the value of collectively exploring solutions to complex contemporary problems.

“Stakeholder engagement is about working with uncertainty in complex environments full of competing interests, values and factions,” Paul says. “It’s a messy business – trying to identify the problem and the right question is just as hard as trying to identify the solution.”

Key benefits

‘Wicked’ problems, such as justice and equality, are characterised by competing values, moral dilemmas and situations you may never have encountered. At best, these problems are worked on continuously, and the learning and experimentation required needs the engagement of the community.

This workshop will be useful for anyone in the public sector keen to improve their community engagement practice. It will help you reframe the adaptive challenges you face and test different interventions. You will expand your problem-solving toolbox.

You will improve your understanding of the dynamics of community engagement, collaboration, conflict dynamics, and leadership and empowerment in decision-making.

Course details

Over two days, Paul will guide participants through the art of community engagement using case studies and interactive discussion. Pre-course work includes readings and a stakeholder challenge exercise, which will then be addressed during the course.

Generating Creative Outcomes for Communities content will include:

  • understanding community dynamics and the nature of change
  • purpose: shifting from competition to social learning
  • diagnosis, role and context
  • your stakeholder challenge
  • crossing boundaries: diversity in relationships and partners
  • crafting creative questions to generate missing conversations
  • building problem-solving capacity.


$AU 1,950 (incl GST)

ANZSOG Alumni receive a 15% discount.*

Receive a 25% discount for registrations of four or more people.*

*Only one discount is redeemable for each registration. Please contact us for more information.

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