Engaging disengaged youth PART 3

If you’ve been following our posts about disengaged youth, and the project I’m developing to create a swag of school based traineeships you might be asking yourself WHY I’m bothering in the first place? I am the owner of a growing business, I have three children and I’m a busy lady.  Why bother getting into the trenches to involve myself in …

Engaging disengaged youth PART 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about being annoyed by the systems that ‘support’ youth who are disengaged. And I mentioned I was going to do something about it. So, here’s the update. What I mentioned that I was going to do is create an opportunity for young people in my locale in the multimedia industry.  It was going …

Leadership conversations: Narelle Lee, leading from the front

Join Kerry Grace for a conversation with Narelle Lee to explore her perspective on leading ‘from the front’. Narelle likes to be ‘out there in front doing the do’ finding satisfaction in delivering from the front.  She says; “being in the ‘front’ doesn’t mean you are taking all of the kudos, you are in the trenches helping them along rather …

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20 Week 7 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.  These spiritual window-shoppers, who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking. They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital. What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. But these …

When working for the Dole works

You know Work for the Dole is working when you overhear a group participant telling a friend they are at ‘work’. Note, the ‘at work’ statement is NOT inter-changable with ‘at a course’, ‘painting stupid walls’, ‘working for the dole’, ‘bored senseless’ or ‘volunteering’.  They declare they are at work, working and simultaneously imply a sense of belonging, being happy to be …

The unspoken impact of community events

In an ever disconnected world I find great comfort when I see a poster for a humble community event.  The kind of event that is probably arranged by an exhausted committee of people who are driven by their purpose.  The kind of event that could involve a performance from the back of a truck and perhaps a collection of other activities that …

56 ways to engage community without sausages

1. Talk to them 2. have a cuppa (and talk) 3. Ask a community maven i.e. a hairdresser, checkout operator, mechanic to get the word about 4. Engage an Elder or older person 5. Free health checks 6. Free hugs 7. host a community conversation 8. Start a walking group 9. Visit a local hobby group and create a community project …