INVOLVE Hosts Two Upcoming Community Engagement Webinars


“As part of the Creative
programme Involve
are hosting a series of free webinars on community engagement, coproduction and
related issues. Many of the Creative Councils projects are trying to connect
Councils with the communities they serve in new and interesting ways. If you’re
looking for inspiration or advice on how to engage with citizens and how to
creat a culture of community engagement in your organisation then join the

Each session will include a presentation by an expert in
the field, followed by an opportunity to ask questions and discuss. The sessions
will be interactive, short and held over lunchtime in order to make it easy for
you to attend. If you can’t make the webinar you can also submit questions in
advance and access a recording afterwards.

The topics for the first two
sessions will be:

Where next for engagement? – 12 to
1.30pm, 17th February
In the first session, Edward Andersson,
Deputy Director of Involve,
will reflect on where engagement is heading in a time of Localism and Austerity.
New forms of engagement and new technologies provide exciting opportunities.
This session will look at creative methods of engagement that can be used to
reach beyond the actively engaged and help to develop a productive conversation
with communities. Edward will give examples of these methods and advice on when
and how they should be used.

Positively deviant – 12 to
1.30pm, 2nd March
In the second session, Jane Lewis, from
Woodward-Lewis and Susan Ritchie, an Involve
associate and director of Mutual
, will give an introduction to a problem solving approach within
communities called Positive
. This method is based on the observation that through their
uncommon (or deviant) behaviour some individuals and groups within communities
develop better solutions to problems than others. It is being used across the UK
and has delivered some astounding results in the form of reduced crime, improved
health outcomes and much more. Sue will explain how it works and when to use the

The topics of the following sessions will be up to you to
decide. You can vote here:

webinars will take place over WebEx, an online meeting platform. If you would
like to take part in the webinar series, email Tim Hughes at
[email protected] for
a meeting invitation.


16th March, 12 to 1.30pm
March, 12 to 1.30pm
13th April, 12 to 1.30pm
April, 12 to 1.30pm”

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