Enabling Change

Your people
leading change

"I've learnt more in the last 2 days than in the last 12 months."
- HIV project officer, NSW

master class

DAY 1: The art of project design
for change

DAY 2: Master Communicator for Change Details of Day 2 here.

You're tackling complex problems by enabling the right people to act or change.

You want to devise irresistibly engaging projects that people want to buzz about and 'come and play'.

You love methods that work: ideas, simple processes and tools to generate an original on-ground project to drive change.

You're in a hurry, so your methods have to be rapid.

You're a motivated practitioner in sustainability, health promotion, natural resource management, community development, early years intervention, road safety, crime prevention, emergency management, workplace change management or employee engagement.

"I feel like I've gone from zero to 90 in two days. Thanks Les."
- Manager, Strategic Communications, NSW state agency

A fun aspect of the workshop is working in small teams to design prototypes for real life behaviour change projects.

You'll work with a bunch of friendly, smart, dedicated peers to:

  • better grasp the psychology of change and learn how to implement key ideas like intrinsic motivation, self-efficacy, and Diffusion;

  • understand how to overcome denial and resistance;

  • utilise a suite of rapid processes and tools to generate an original solution;

  • find out how to facilitate creativity;

  • design and prototype a real-life behaviour change project;

  • get a host of practical tips to better facilitate groups and meetings;

For those with existing or up-coming projects, the workshop acts as a project clinic, letting you review and redevelop your project (with a great team of collaborators).

All participants receive the 100+ page workboook with all tools (worth it for the registration fee alone).

"Essential for any project manager or change agent. Les is brilliant at explaining the method behind a successful project."
- Health Promotion Manager, NSW

Key specifications

1 day (9.00 am to 4.30 pm)

Number of participants:
up to 25


Phone Les Robinson on
0414 674 676

Or email: workshops@enablingchange.com.au

We review plenty of examples of
good practice during the day.

Contents of DAY 1 Contents of Day 2 here.


How behaviour change happens

  • How change is a social process (The Diffusion of Innovations)
  • The risk perspective (denial, resistance and how to avoid them)

Two tools for rapid project design:

  • The Bodies in Motion path analysis tool
  • Rapid Project Generator


Generate creative and innovative tactics

  • Two fun techniques to inject surprise into your engagement activities

Build a prototype

  • Work with a friendly team to design a prototype for testing.

For background on the course

These two documents set out the thinking behind the course:

Changeology - the theory (147k PDF)

Changeology - the process (260k PDF)

Next open workshops: October 2018

SYDNEY: October 2018
Venue: The Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability, 2 Balls Head Rd, Waverton

MELBOURNE: October 2018
Venue: CERES Environment Park, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East

TIMING: 8.45 am for a 9.00 am start, 4.30 pm finish.

COST: $595 incl GST for DAY 1. Details of Day 2 here.

Only 20 places available.

Discounts: 20% discount for self-funded participants, NGOs, and buddies: see The Buddy Effect

Yummy lunch and 200 page training manual provided.

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In-house workshops

To discuss in-house training email:

or phone 0414 674 676.

Based on the book: CHANGEOLOGY

“An enjoyable, inspiring, crash course in social change thinking.”

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What they say

Over 2000 professionals have experienced this workshop.

Here are some of their comments:

"Fantastic! Extremely useful and motivating. Looking forward to confidently using the process in all sorts of change enabling projects."
- NRM project officer, Central Coast, NSW

"Challenging and inspiring, best training I've had in two years of attending workshops."
- Landcare facilitator, Tasmania

"The biggest impact for me was realising how conservative and 'by the book' many of our education programs are, which really donŐt take in the needs of the community." - Council waste educator, NSW

"It's practical. It bursts open the project design process. It's about understanding with people's strengths not about changing them. Adapting the environment to make it fun and easy." - Council sustainability officer, NSW

"I really liked the way you were able to talk us through concepts. I plan to go back to the workplace and challenge the way we plan our social marketing programs."
- Health marketer, NSW

"Great, our processes of decision making have changed forever."
- NRM manager, Tasmania

"It helped me think outside the square and it was definitely the most useful one I've been to. It actually focused on the area of work relevant to us."
- Road Safety Officer, NSW

"I'm very empowered to tackle planning my new program for next 5 years."
- Health marketing manager, Sydney

More comments below.

Who's done the training

Organisations which have run the course in-house include:

  • Northern NSW Local Health District (health promotion staff)

  • Environment Protection Authority NSW (8 times!)

  • Grampians Resource Recovery Group

  • WasteMINZ, NZ (4 times)

  • Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW (2 times)

  • World Vision, Solomon Is

  • Hepatitis Australia

  • Randwick Community Centre volunteers

  • South East Councils Climate Change Alliance (Vic)

  • Cancer Council, NSW

  • Hunter New England Population Health

  • Independent Transport Safety Regulator

  • Sustainability Victoria (ResourceSmart business program)

  • Office of Environment and Heritage, NSW (Sustainable Advantage business program)

  • Lachlan Catchment Management Authority, NSW

  • Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority, NSW (5 times!)

  • Hume City Council (Vic)

  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council (NZ)

  • TravelSmart team, Dept of Transport (Qld)

  • Sydney Environmental Educators Network

  • Melbourne Behaviour Change Network

  • Department of Environment and Conservation (WA)

  • Border Rivers - Gwydir Catchment Management Authority, NSW (twice)

  • Department of Community Services (NSW)

  • Hunter and Central Rivers CMA (4 times!)

  • Goulburn Broken CMA, (Vic)

  • Fire and Emergency Services Authority (WA)

  • Gippsland Integrated Natural Resources Forum

  • Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW (3 times!)

  • South East Sydney Area Health Service

  • Murrumbidgee Irrigation Association

  • Environment Protection Authority (Vic)

  • Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (Vic)

  • Brisbane City Council

  • Newcastle City Council

  • NSW Attorney General's Department

More comments about the course

"I feel re-energised knowing that an enabling change project does not have to be hard. A well planned project can show huge results even with limited resources available. Can't wait to put this into practice."
- Goverment Department project manager, NSW

"It gives me a framework for looking at complex problems and how to distill them into useful, simple actions that are measureable."
- Goverment Department project manager, NSW

"I loved just listening to your views and watching the way you controlled the workshop. This was an easy way to learn, the workshop was not a hard process even though our projects seemed quite involved. The time just flew by! Thanks."
- Goverment Department project manager, NSW

"It was great that we got to work on our own 'real life' projects."
- Project officer, Department of Community Services, NSW

"Fantastic! Best workshop I've ever been to."
- NRM facilitator, Hunter, NSW

"I've learnt more in the last 2 days than in the last 12 months."
- HIV project officer, NSW

"Very useful and very practical application of a huge range of social psychology theories. It gave me a lot to think about and provided direction for the future. A very professional workshop."
- NRM project officer, Central West, NSW

"Revealing, engaging, relevant, useful."
- NRM facilitator, Sydney

"Compared to all the spot-fines and emails etc I'd normally deal with over two days, arguably the most productive two days I've had. I'm glad I didn't go to all those 'essential' meetings!"
- NRM facilitator, Benalla, Victoria

"Action-packed and thought-provoking."
- community activist, Central Coast, NSW

"A great use of my time to help me work smarter."
- NRM facilitator, Tasmania

"One of the best I've attended and I've attended lots!"
- Road Safety officer, rural NSW

"Excellent and really useful. Les is a great facilitator, excellent attitude and I appreciate the way he keeps things on track, interesting, fun and practical. Best facilitation I've seen in my year in this job!!"
- NRM facilitator, Gippsland

"Really good, consolidated a lot of knowledge and theories into a comprehensive project planning approach for change."
- environmental educator, NSW

"Thanks for making the tools available so easily. My associates here at council seem to think I am good at writing up project outlines and proposals, but really I just fill in the blanks around your tools."
- Community projects officer, Victoria

"I'm fired up now I have something like this to back me up."
- community project facilitator, WA

"The identification of unique strategies for specific target groups was great."
- stormwater educator, NSW

"I realise the importance of:
- taking more time for tactics, brainstorming is best;
- analysing the behaviour change up front before launching into a campaign;
- thinking about user benefits and states of mind;
- targeting specific audiences in a campaign...not just everyone;
- testing your thinking."
- council marketing manager, Queensland

"When can I start using this!!!"
- NRM coordinator, Victoria

"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning." - Albert Camus

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