On February 21 at Bank Corner Cafe Newcastle, Social Pinpoint hosted an IAP2 networking event for community engagement professionals in the region. We had a great turn-out for our first event of the year with over 25 people from Newcastle and surrounds, some travelling from as far as Cessnock, Gloucester and Sydney to attend.
The event brought together a great range of professionals including strategic planners, rangers, architects, stakeholder engagement practitioners, transport planners, and social development researchers to talk about their experiences in community and stakeholder engagement.
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We had a great practical group activity hosted by Ronald Woods, who wanted the group to think about the importance of the first 10 minutes of community engagement sessions, and how effective engagement requires some careful thought and research into the best ways to engage people right from the start. Ronald is course coordinator for the Master in Local Government and Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management at the University of Technology Sydney and also does teaching, writing and research work on a freelance basis.
It was widely agreed that such events are a great way to meet like-minded colleagues and learn about engagement techniques. Future events are being planned and will include more formal discussion around community engagement tools, current projects and training opportunities from industry leaders.
If you'd like to be notified of future events you can contact us and we'll add you to our list.