Staff from the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission have to engage with the community as ‘community educators’ for part of their role. Working in collaboration with the Commission, we designed and developed a two day training course in community education. This included developing a new specialised ‘spectrum of engagement’ for community educators based on Arnstein’s ‘Ladder of Participation’. This spectrum and collaboration based training course would translate easily to many other areas of community education (such as health promotion).
Steven Sagona and I ran a short workshop with senior council staff, the Mayor and local residents to determine the future strategic direction to manage Nagambie Lake. The CEO was especially pleased that such a high level plan was able to be developed so quickly with considerable ‘buy in’ from a diverse group of stakeholders.