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Conference (Hamilton): Strengthening through Stories

  • Distinction Hotel 100 Garnett Ave Te Rapa, Hamilton New Zealand (map)

Community Waikato have pulled together an awesome line up of speakers for this years conference around the theme 'Strengthening through stories'. Register soon to connect with like-minded people and organisations and engage with others on similar journeys.

Strengthening through stories will provide opportunities to share tools and experiences around a range of ways to strengthen our organisations by examining what has worked and what hasn’t. The focus being on real experiences rather than just theory or ideas on their own. Participants will leave the conference with practical examples and the confidence to take action.

This conference is for people working in the Community and Social Service Sector, and in Māori Development.


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Workshop: A handful of ways to facilitate Authentic Storytelling
with Ruth Osborne
Social media is a very powerful platform for telling our stories. But it also puts huge pressure on many of us (and our organisations), to present an ‘awesome’ self to the world. It seems that to tell a good and persuasive story, we must be exceptional or sensational otherwise people won’t be interested and no one will listen. Worse, they might shame us. We certainly cannot show who we really are or put our true selves out there. We - or our organisation - land up wearing masks, which serve to disengage others from us. Together we’ll look at how authenticity is a powerful antidote to this.

Workshop: How to replace your Strategic Plans with Strategic Stories
with Garth Nowland-Foreman
Many big corporates long ago abandoned traditional company-wide strategic plans and have started using more creative techniques to better effect. This is an even better approach for your average community organisation. Uncovering and carefully using the right strategic stories can be more effective than your usual strategic plan (and much more fun). This interactive session will introduce the basic ideas behind this approach and give you the opportunity to try out what both the content of strategic stories could look like, and in what ways you could best put them to use in your organisation.