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Councils: Are you overcoming these barriers to climate change engagement?

Councils: Are you overcoming these barriers to climate change engagement?

Community engagement is crucial for climate change adaptation, according to Local Government NZ. Yet almost no councils are engaging with communities on climate change. Most are currently “planning to plan”. In this article, we summarise an excellent webinar series to help councils engage their communities on the biggest challenge of a generation.

How effective are Community Boards?

How effective are Community Boards?

What role are Community Boards playing across the country in local democracy? What are the opportunities for the future role of Community Boards? These two questions are at the heart of this 2018 research project by Callum Hammond and David Hammond. Community Boards were set up in 1989 through the local government reforms of the Fourth Labour Government. Now, 30 years later, this report investigates the effectiveness of Community Boards and make five recommendations for the future.

Is low trust hamstringing your organisation?

Do you ever struggle to communicate or understand the investment logic for engagement? Then this article is for you. In it, we build on the work of Rachel Botsman, the author of "Who Can You Trust?". Trust is the most important currency for organisations to survive. But how do we earn trust in our over-communicating world?