Strategic facilitation works with ‘stuff’ and stories
Strategic facilitation addresses what is important to an organisation and to its community. ‘Stuff’ may be a place issue. ‘Stuff’ may be a health issue. ‘Stuff’ may be an infrastructure or planning or governance.
‘Stories’ are the unique perspectives each stakeholder or participant brings as they approach engagement and change.
Why stuff + stories?
People feel alive and purposeful when imagination and feeling are invited into the room. ‘Stuff’ can be dry and uninteresting without ‘stories’, the unique perspectives that stakeholders or participants hold on ‘stuff’. Joining up ‘stuff’ with ‘stories’ helps the group understand where the discussion is going. They tap into shared evidence of what’s possible when people care. Ideas can join up and become something participants haven’t considered before.
Annie has extensive networks across diverse sectors. Before starting her consultancy she worked with stakeholder engagement in developing the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. From 2003-2005, she managed a state-wide ‘Social Capacity Building Project’ with catchment and agency stakeholders and communities, at Victoria’s then Department of Sustainability and Environment. She makes time to mentor and has worked with Future Sustainability Leaders and University of Melbourne post-grads seeking to become interdisciplinary leaders. She’s a founding member of the co-work space Hub Melbourne. Before coming to Melbourne she undertook a project bringing together water specialists and water users through a fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts Community Cultural Development Fund, the subject of her doctorate.