For organisations seeking to thrive in challenging contexts, bringing people and communities on the journey has never been more important.
Creating Communities works alongside organisations and communities to uncover new pathways to move forward together.
We engage people and organisations to find common ground and build social value through:
Discovering the spirit of communities, the uniqueness of places and the wealth of latent opportunities that reside in projects;
Designing strategies that inspire action and collaboration to create positive ways forward;
Delivering change that matters by building capacity, convening partners and establishing governance for sustained results.
This is our 3D method.
We apply this approach to the big challenges limiting people, communities and business in rural, urban and remote communities.
Be it reinvigorating rural economies, exploring opportunities the 4th industrial revolution presents to address inequality in communities, strengthening early childhood networks or enabling constructive conversations on local planning and place making.
In all these things and more Creating Communities delivers fresh insights to help people, communities and business thrive in ever changing contexts.
We employ the latest research; data analytics; social impact methodologies; story-telling, participatory and human centred design practices; place-making and collective action.
Our team brings global expertise and insight to local environments in a sensitive and authentic manner to help move communities, towns and regions forward.
Creating Communities by the numbers
statistics from some of our projects
a strong sense of Life Satisfaction
a strong sense of Community Pride
Values that unite and guide us
Our values remind us of our foundations, they unite our efforts and inspire the best in us, individually and collectively.
1Excel at the nexus
We bring people and organisations together to build common pathways forward. It’s in the nexus of interests that we uncover opportunities that can change places and communities for the better.
We believe generosity between people is the cornerstone of human flourishing. We seek to create spaces characterised by generosity of spirit, giving space for others to contribute, support and thrive.
We aspire to generate trust, provide trustworthy advice and deliver on promises. We are prepared to be honest and speak out for the truth even when it’s uncomfortable.
4Create lasting, positive change
We are driven to empower people to become change agents in their own communities and organisations. In all we do we seek to build capacity, ensure respect for diversity and equity.
We focus on what’s important. We lead ourselves and others. We improve. We stay sharp.
We seek to nurture positive relationships and work in a shared direction for the common good.
7The heart of it
We believe most people deep down want good things for themselves and others. It’s this heart we strive to uncover and bring to life in our work.
Our team is passionate about moving community and business forward together.
Our collective expertise spans research, analytics, anthropology, international development, social impact, recreation planning, urban design, environmental management, human-centred design, collective impact, training and facilitation, stakeholder management and community engagement, communications, public relations, digital user experience, storytelling, education and much more.
Donna Shepherd AM
Director – Engagement, Planning, Education + Ageing
Senior Engagement Specialist
Social Innovation Lead
Lead Consultant – Community + Recreation
Lead Consultant – Environment, Sustainability + Engagement
Digital Experience Manager
Community Engagement Consultant
Planning + Engagement Consultant
Our partners in community