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"Don't think I've ever had a facilitator who hasn't got up my nose before."

- Landcare group chair

Les facilitates exciting and interactive in-house forums, conferences and workshops for his clients

As a facilitator, Les aims to create great conversations where all participants are respected and their input invited and valued. ...while generating in-depth strategic content...and finishing on time!

Some comments from participants:

"Fabulous, the pace and pitch was unfaultable (and we can be a tough crowd!). Sensational facilitation, kept us on track and inspired."
- Council Community Engagement Strategist, Victoria
"Les is an excellent facilitator, excellent attitude and I appreciate the way he keeps things on track, interesting, fun and practical. The best facilitator I've seen in this job."
- Natural resource management facilitator, Victoria
"Excellent workshop all round. Les is a very trustworthy, accomplished, and compassionate facilitator. Excellent manner and ability to build rapport and judge participants' expectations."
- Manager, Barwon Water
"Fantastic! Great tone, content, style and it was fun!"
- Sustainability manager, local government, Victoria
"Excellent. Pace brilliant. Facilitation skillful, respectful and inclusive."
- Natural resource management facilitator, NSW
"First, thanks for helping to make the Summit a huge success. Secondly, the feed back we have received via the evaluation forms has been nothing short of unbelievable. Emails have been zipping around the optic fibres reiterating what a great time delegates had, how usefully and relevant proceedings were and asking the big question, when is the next one."
- organisers, Professional Association of Road Safety Officers annual conference

Recent examples

Here are some examples of Les's recent facilitation work:

"Setting a default electricity price for Victoria"
Les facilitated power utility reps and community stakeholders to advise the Essential Services Commission on the technical requirments for electricity price setting for Victoria.
Client: Essential Services Commission (Victoria)

"Let's Think Links!"
All the bushland conservation and 'friends' groups in Knox City came together for a fun and inspiring day to plan their future as a collective movement.
Client: Knox City Council (Victoria)

"Hacktivation: Transforming local government conference 2017 - and 2018"
Honoured to be invited to be facilitator-in-chief of this exciting event.
Client: The Municipal Association of Victoria

"Getting Ready for Green Square"
An internal, cross-disciplinary, planning workshop to prepare key business units for this massive urban development project.
Client: The City of Sydney

"One day Brains Trust - generating prototype projects to combat kerbside dumping in NSW"
A project design hothouse with 55 council waste managers to generate effective solutions to illegal kerbside dumping.
Client: The Environment Protection Authority, NSW

"Our Water Our Future" - regional water planning workshops
A series of 3 multi-stakeholder workshops to develop MidCoast Water's 30 year infrastructure plan.
Client: MidCoast Water, NSW

"University Precinct traffic planning - a restart"
Les was brought in to restart to a stalled community consultation process for a high use precinct with conflicting land uses.
Client: Wollongong City Council

"A new phase for the Cooks River Alliance"
Facilitated a single evening workshop that generated a whole new consensus on the business plan for this regional organisation.
Client: The Cooks River Alliance

"A whole community consultation plan for the Euroa 2047 Growth Strategy"
Used innovative methods and personas to generate a fun, irresistible and inclusive community consultation plan for this mid-Victorian town.
Client: Strathbogie Shire Council

"An active engagement strategy for Joint Organisations"
An internal planning workshop to develop a process for rolling out this significant local government reform in NSW.
Client: Office of Local Government

"Circulate: Industry Ecology network"
Facilitating the regular community of practice workshops for the Circulate facilitators.
Client: The Environment Protection Authority, NSW

"Projects that Kick" - innovation workshops for Landcare groups
A series of 4 "hothousing" workshops guiding Landcare and industry groups through the step-by-step development of their grant application plans, to ensure clarity, innovation, realism and deliverability of their final projects.
Client: South East Local Land Services, NSW

Hepatitis Australia annual program review
A national workshop to review and revitalise HAs communications and marketing program.
Client: Hepatitis Australia

Five Year Fire Plans review workshop
60 regional and head office NPWS staff developed plans to exceed their fire management targets.
Client: National Parks and Wildlife Service

Team building in a council planning department
A series of 4 visioning, team-building and strategic alignment workshops for planning, development, strategy and compliance staff.
Client: Rockdale City Council

"Dawn of a New Age in HIV Testing and Treatment" workshop
40 reps of Sydney-based HIV organisations, clinicians, and researchers sat down for a one day "Rapid Program Generator" event that developed a collaborative strategy to dramatically increase rates of HIV testing and treatment amongst gay men in Sydney (to allow NSW to meet it's obligations under the recent UN HIV Declaration).
Client: ACON, Positive Life NSW

Community Workshop for the Rockdale Town Centre Master Plan
60 residents and business owners packed into a sizzling ideas workshop in a cold winter's night to generate concepts for the historic rededign of Rockdale's long neglected town centre.
Client: Rockdale City Council

Greening Public Housing Workshop
An intensive one-day event that brought together multi-disciplinary teams to plan sustainable approaches for the redesign of public housing estates in NSW. The NSW Minister for Housing, David Borger, was one of the partiicpants.
Client: Housing NSW

Warringah Sustainability Strategy forums
Series of forums with randomly selected community members to develop Warringah Council's Sustainability Strategy.
Client: Warringah Council

Two day Sustainable Schools summit
Involving 80 principles, teachers and agency staff from across NSW.
Client: Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW).

Serrated Tussock Summit
Involving 87 agency staff, industry reps and graziers from across NSW.
Client: Department of Primary Industries (NSW).

Regional road safety strategy workshop
Strategic review workshop for WestRoads road safety enforcement/education program in the NSW Inner West.
Client: Roads and Traffic Authority

MC/facilitator of annual conference, Professional Association of Road Safety Officers
Involving 90 Road Safety Officers from councils across NSW.

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About Les Robinson

Les Robinson, author of CoCreate - a Facilitator's Guide to Collaborative Planning is a facilitator and trainer who specialises in community change.

He also trains in Facilitation Skills.

Les was formerly Social Marketing Director with Social Change Media in Sydney.

CoCreate: the facilitator's guide to collaborative projects

CoCreate guide

Based on the manual for the Victorian EPA's Neighbourhood Environment Improvement Program, this guide makes available to a wide audience a comprehensive methodology and tool set for facilitating multi-stakeholder projects that generate high levels of ownership (and hence action) by the participants.

It's a 218 page (A5) book packed with practical techniques and tips.

Download the complete guide (2.5 Mb PDF).

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