Contributed by CFI Network member, Fiona McKenzie, April 2020
Finding ways to reflect deep conversations and connections is always challenging. Along with the opportunity I had to listen, learn and document the Mark Cabaj workshop on changing systems, power and potential organised by Collaboration for Impact (CFI) in Canberra on the 2nd and 3rd March 2020, I had the responsibility of capturing the insights and learnings to share with others.
The nature of challenges Australia is facing are increasingly complex both at local & global levels. Challenges such as the climate crisis; self determination of First Nations peoples; increasing displacement of refugees and asylum seekers; housing affordability and increasing homelessness; and overall increasing inequality in Australia.
It was almost twelve months ago that we were invited to form a team to create an online resource for communities, one they could access, anywhere, anytime, regardless of budget. The task sounded simple enough – create free and accessible resources for change makers collaborating to address complex social issues. And consider how to incorporate things like designing for collaboration, leadership practice, community empowerment, measurement and learning. This all sounded extremely sensible and something that would be valuable for change makers from all walks of life.