Clear Horizon’s 5-day course in “complexity-aware Monitoring and Evaluation” in Sydney

When: 7 to 11 August 2017

Where: Sydney CBD

Course:  Complexity Aware Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Adaption (CAMELA)

Dates: 7 to 11 August 2017

Location: Sydney CBD

Cost: $2,800 per person (discounts apply for AES members, students, not for profit organisations and group bookings)

Course description: This popular course is Clear Horizon’s blue ribbon offering. Our most extensive and comprehensive training program, it is facilitated by our Founding Director, Dr Jess Dart along with guest presentations from other specialists. The material is updated annually with new trends and fresh learnings from the literature and our practice. It is without doubt an intense (but practical) course that takes you through all the twists and turns of doing monitoring and evaluation today. Participants are invited to develop a monitoring, evaluation and learning framework for a real program – this course does cater for complex and emergent programs.

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Adaptive Leadership for Collaborations and Collective Impact

When: 14-15 September (Sydney) and 28-29 September (Melbourne)

Where: Sydney and Melbourne

Learn how to develop leadership at all levels of your collaborative initiative. The practice and theory of adaptive leadership provides the glue that brings frameworks and tools to life.  Based on CFI’s Collaborative Change Cycle, the Adaptive Leadership masterclasses will build participants leadership skills for working in collaborative change processes and will focus on the application of adaptive leadership work involved in collaboration.

What we will cover

  • What is adaptive change
  • Key concepts and skills needed to collaborate effectively with adaptive leadership
  • Building awareness and skills to work across and with different (diverse stakeholders) to enrich innovative outcomes rather than become barriers to progress
  • Understanding and working with power and differences in power (real and perceived)
  • Orchestrating and working with conflict
  • Sustaining yourself and continuing to grow both personally and professionally

Participant outcomes

  • Adaptive Leadership awareness and skills to apply directly to your collaboration
  • Greater understanding of collaborative dynamics and how to lead within a systemic change initiative
  • Practical skills for diagnosing and leading change in complexity
  • Greater capacity to lead systems change and collective Impact, including understanding systems and developing systemic thinking.
  • Skills to build a Learning Culture with diverse interests and power
  • Increased awareness of Systemic and Personal behaviour patterns


Liz Skelton | Director, Collaboration for Impact

Liz brings unique experience, skills and knowledge to the development of collaborations enabling cross sector stakeholder to change the way their systems work together to create positive social change. Liz Skelton has over a decade of experience in Adaptive Leadership, working with leaders in community, government and businesses across Australia to learn the theory and apply the practice of Adaptive Leadership to tackle their toughest challenges.  Liz is a Co- Founder & Director of Collaboration for Impact. In this role, Liz provides support to and curates learning for communities, corporations, governments, philanthropy and non-profit organisations on how to drive large-scale social change in intractable social challenges.  She also lectures on collaborative practice with Centre for Social Impact at University of New South Wales

Formerly, Liz co-lead the establishment and growth of a national learning and consulting organisation (Social Leadership Australia) For the past two years she has been blending Adaptive Leadership with the Collective Impact Framework, applying this extensive practice to communities working collaboratively across Australia to achieve better outcomes.  Co-author, “The Australian Leadership Paradox: What it takes to lead in the Lucky Country”. Aigner G, Allen & Unwin.  “Lost conversations: Finding new ways for black and white Australians to lead together”, 2014.

Tanya James | Associate Collaboration for Impact and Founder at Positive Change and Development

Tanya was the founder of one of Australia’s first and longest running collective impact initiatives. Now as an Associate at Collaboration for Impact she works as a consultant, facilitator and coach supporting emerging and established collective impacts on the journey towards reaching their outcomes. She also has a practice focused on organisational effectiveness and through this designs and facilitates strengths/systems based leadership and organisational development programs focused on culture, strategy and people development. She works with individual leaders and executive teams to help them create vibrant workplaces that are strategically future fit, collaborative and great at developing & looking after their people. Tanya works across the business, government, non-profit and education sectors.


14-15 September  | Sydney

28-29 September | Melbourne

Participant feedback

Many thanks for the privilege of being part of the Adaptive Leadership Masterclass.  It was probably the best learning session I have been to – ever – and with over 20 years of educational leadership I have been to many. The Masterclass gave me and my co-collaborators a new lens through which to understand leading and working in complexity. Along with my Co-Chair we immediately applied the theory to our collaborative work, facilitating the Local Area Group’s next meeting using our AL understanding, which resulted in a more collaborative response and commitment to the work.”


$900 + GST for 2 days

  • Terms:  A minimum of 30 participants is required to go ahead.

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Partner Event | Connecting Communities Conference hosted by LCSA

When: 18, 19, 20 September 2017

Where: Australian Technology Park, Redfern

Local Community Services Association (LCSA) is holding it’s Connecting Communities Conference on 18, 19, 20 September at the Australian Technology Park in Redfern. Its theme is “Diversity and Inclusion – Are we there yet?”

“Early bird” registration is now open (available until 14 August).

To register go to

With a great line up of speakers, excursions and masterclasses, the program will engage organisations from across government, non-government and the broader community. It is an opportunity to learn how connecting communities creates community change, how diversity and inclusion are meaningful and sustainable drivers for cultural change and how we influence and resolve complex social problems.

Some of the speakers will include:

  • The Hon. Ray Williams, MP. Minister for Multiculturalism, Minister for Disability Services
  • Dr Jackie Huggins, Co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
  • Andrew Johnson, the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People
  • Pentti Lemmetyinen (Finland) President of the International Federation of Settlement and Neighbourhood Centres
  • Dr Tim Moore Senior Research Fellow, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute; Manager, Research and Policy Team, Centre for Community Child Health
  • Diana Qian, Chairperson of Diversity and Disability Alliance

The conference will highlight the challenges faced by the community sector in the current climate of change. With rapid reform comes heightened expectations that services will be evidence-informed, client and community focused, outcomes driven and will act collaboratively to create an integrated service system. What is our understanding of these expectations and how we can successfully address them?

Join our partners LCSA as they share their ideas and expertise and create a powerful network for community change in a fun and energising learning experience!

For further information please go to the Connecting Communities website.

CFI Backbone Boot Camp

When: 16 & 17 October + 12 December 2017

Where: Sydney - venue TBC

Working collaboratively is tough. Leading collaborative initiatives is even tougher. Based on CFI’s Collaborative Change Cycle, Backbone Boot Camp will provide participants with a combination of individual and group learning, practical frameworks and tools, and personal coaching and support.

What we will cover

The four key topics covered are:

  • Understanding complex social challenges
  • Diagnosing your local community and service system
  • Tailoring your backbone role, structure and functions to local conditions
  • Sustaining yourself and continuing to grow both personally and professionally

How it will be run

Boot Camp will run over a 10 week period, including:

  • 2 consecutive face-to-face days at commencement (16 & 17 October 2017)
  • 2 half day video-conferences
  • 2 phone call coaching session
  • 1 face-to-face day at completion (12 December 2017)



$1,500 + GST

  • Participants will need to arrange and fund flights and accommodation to Sydney for the face to face gatherings.
  • Terms:  A minimum of 30 participants is required to go ahead.

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Innovation in Community Engagement Conference

When: 13 - 14 November 2017

Where: Sydney - venue TBC

Communities need to be at the core of solving their problems.

Join us in Sydney this November to explore how community engagement is changing to community ownership of problems and solutions, and being applied in Australia to drive impact

The learning convening will demonstrate, showcase and unpack the development of community engagement. How to overcome challenges and how to build an environment to ensure the community are not just engaged but part of the solution.


  • Keynote: Paul Schmitz | CEO, Leading Inside Out | Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum |  Author, Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up | U.S.A

  • Max Hardy | Max Hardy Consulting

  • Kerry Graham | Collaboration for Impact

  • Liz Skelton | Collaboration for Impact

  • David Hammond | Kete Foundation New Zealand

  • Amelia Loye | engage2

Community solutions are increasingly being promoted as the way forward to address complex challenges.  Knowing where to start, how to plan, design and effectively embed community ownership of problems and solutions is both the challenge and the opportunity.

Express your interest to to receive further details and the early bird offer.