Participatory Process Workshops NZ

Valmae co-facilitated 3 workshops for Better Assemblies in New Zealand with Dee Brooks, Bron Dyson and Meg Wheatley during November 2015.  The processes included a powerful mix of participatory process, U theory of social change, asset based community development and reflective practice, delivered to an audience of people with disability, family, support providers and members of the community in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch.  One of the best experiences of genuine engagement of people with disability, particularly with the collective story harvest process I have had.  For more information on process visit and www.presencing.com316CDCF0-F6B3-48FA-8F13-BF156D2C54DE 15C08996-18CF-4992-B0E8-C9D198E36F75 16D9424B-8280-4631-B3AD-9F84F0E81AFE

Social Innovation Learning Village a Success

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Thanks to the generosity of Uniting Care Community, Qld (donating $5,000 seed funding for the best social innovation pitch), the Qld Council of Social Services, the Jeder Institute and participants from as far away as New Caledonia and Tahiti, the first Social Innovation Learning Village has been a tremendous success.  Our hosting team of Toke Moeller and Monica Nissen (co-founders of the Art of Hosting), Dee Brooks, Michaela Kennedy and Penny Hamilton and Valmae Rose guided participants through four days of discovery, reflection and idea generation, culminating in presentation of six courageous social innovation pitches around issues that mattered to them.  For more information about the learning village or any of the tools and processes used, contact Valmae on 0417300146.

News Flash

The best prototype developed during the event – service, product or other – will receive a $5,000 grant, generously sponsored by Uniting Care Community, Queensland, for their team to progress their prototype.

What is a Social Innovation Learning Village?

It’s a platform for addressing complex social challenges that are systemic in nature and require fresh, experimental solutions.  It brings people together from all parts of the system, across generations, across sectors, and across community.

Each day starts with an open marketplace where participants choose their topic, then engage in a morning of discovery processes and presentations, middle of the day in reflection and sense making processes, and the afternoon in prototyping processes.

This event has a hosting team of facilitators with international experience, and a support crew of young people learning to be system thinkers and leaders of good participatory process design.The Hosting Team

Social Innovation Learning Village 5-8 May 2015

‘this may be the best opportunity you have this year to contribute to positive change in the sector you care about’

The 2015 Social Innovation Learning Village is a four day, live-in event which will host emerging leaders and innovative thinkers from multiple sectors to not only talk about transformation but to actively rethink and redesign our products, services and systems.

Moving you from conversation through connection towards action; each day will start and finish with a conversation circle and include content workshops by presenting partners in the morning and open space and prototyping labs in the afternoon.

Presenting Partners will include the Toke Moeller and Monica Nissen from Interchange in Denmark, the Executive Challenge Academy, the Asset Based Community Development Asia-Pacific Network, the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Qld, the Queensland Council of Social Services, Milaana, the Jeder Institute of NSW, Future by Design Australia and many more.

Where:     Cedar Creek Lodges, Mt Tamborine, just over an hour from Brisbane domestic and international airports, and 20 minutes from the Gold Coast.



Art of Participatory Leadership at Meadowbrook

In partnership with UnitingCare Queensland, Future by Design recently hosted a three day Participatory Leadership Training to a range of community service professionals from Brisbane, Bundaberg, Kingaroy and the Gold Coast.  The next workshop will be held on the Sunshine Coast from 22-24 July, 2014.  To register, email Penny Hamilton at or call Valmae Rose on 0417300146.20140515_145941

Delivering on the Universal Housing Promise

The Anti-Discrimination Commission of Qld recently invited housing industry professionals, people with disability, architects, government researchers and community members to a forum to shape the delivery of the nation’s housing future.  To date, self-regulation has had limited success so where to from here?  The case for ensuring all new homes are built with the basic features that allow people with disability to visit is compelling.  The cost of these features is negligible when included in the initial build but the price of excluding people from the social life of their community is devastating.  For more information visit

Weekend Retreat

Future by Design recently hosted a weekend of good food, conversation and at Solitude retreat in the beautiful Numinbah Valley, an hour and a half south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast hinterland.  For more information on our next retreat weekend in July, 2014, call Valmae on 0417300146


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Emerging Participatory Leader Program

On the 27th March, Future by Design joined efforts with the Executive Challenge Academy for a day of dialogue about leadership and social change with Toke Moeller (Denmark), David Stevenson (Canada), Jan Archer and Valmae Rose.  This workshop was an opportunity to engage with stories of small and large system change across Europe, North America and Australia, and consider what becomes possible when people partner well and are willing to create solutions together, with a long-term view.