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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's facilitation work

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Roadmap for 1 million Ha Global Kelp Forest Restoration Target

In 2023 Les co-facilitated, with Steve Willing a global event to lay out a roadmap to drive this ambitious global restoration target.
Client: Kelp Forest Alliance

Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for the Hunter and Central Coast

In 2021 Les facilitated around 40 regional leaders to devise a robust, action-focused, whole-of-government response to climate change in this region.
Client: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (NSW)

The NSW Public Service Commission - 4 year strategy

In 2021 Les facilitated the executives and senior staff of the Commission in dynamic workshops to devise their 4 year plan as the lead agency for employment transformation in the 400,000 strong NSW public sector. (Using coloured paper, scissors and sticky tape made it quite fun!).
Client: The NSW Public Service Commission

Generating a Water Industry Policy Platform

In 2020 Les facilitated around 80 water utility executives and managers, via Zoom, over 2 lively mornings, to develop the first Victorian water industry policy platform. Here's the policy platform for the Victorian Water Industry.
Client: VicWater (the industry body for Victorian water utilities)

Setting a default electricity price for Victoria

2019 Les developed and facilitated a one day collaboration of 70 power utility managers and consumer representatives to answer the critical technical questions behind the ‘Best Offer’ default electricity price for Victorian consumers.
Client: Essential Services Commission (Victoria)

"Let's Think Links!" - inspiring 'friends of' flourishing in the City of Knox

In 2019 and 2020 all the bushland conservation and 'friends' groups in The City of Knox came together for a fun and inspiring day to plan their future as a collective movement.
Client: Knox City Council (Victoria)

The Burnett Mary Regional Science Forum

In 2019 Les facilitated an interactive conference of diverse agricultural, scientific, and community stakeholders involved in Reef-related water quality programs in the biggest reef catchment.
Client: Burnett Mary Regional Group (Qld)

Hacktivation: Transforming local government conferences 2017 and 2018

In 2017 and 2018 Les was honoured to be facilitator-in-chief of the annual ‘Transforming Local Government’ conferences, focusing on innovation in public sector service delivery, notably the shift to all-digital. He devised lively, varied, enjoyable events that brought together leaders from across the sector.
Client: The Municipal Association of Victoria

High stakes traffic planning

In 2018 Les was called in to facilitate a community consultation process for a high use precinct with conflicting land uses.
Client: Wollongong City Council

Other examples

Getting Ready for Green Square

An internal, cross-disciplinary, planning workshop to prepare key business units for this massive urban 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

A new era 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

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

NSW Fire Plans - 5 year 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

Annual conference, Professional Association of Road Safety Officers

Involving 90 Road Safety Officers from councils across NSW.

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.

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

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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