21 February 2017
Central Otago District Council is excited to bring world renowned community development specialist Peter Kenyon to Central Otago to facilitate community workshops.
A community enthusiast and social entrepreneur, Peter Kenyon has worked with more than 2000 communities in Australia and in 59 countries seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. Motivated by the desire to create caring, healthy, inclusive and enterprising communities, Peter, through his organisation, Bank of I.D.E.A.S (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) helps communities spark their own ideas and invest themselves in building sustainable futures. A significant part of the organisation's income is returned to innovative community initiatives. A keen author, Peter has written 16 books on community and economic development, youth policy and enterprise. Peter's passion and purpose sees him traverse the globe continuously in his relentless desire to enable communities to discover their strengths and transform themselves. He was also a finalist in this year's Australian of the Year Awards.
Mr Kenyon will be holding two sessions in Central Otago in early March. The first on Wednesday 8 March at The Cellar Door in Alexandra aims to inspire, motivate and celebrate Central Otago's communities and the community groups working within them. The evening session – from 5-9pm – is open to all and is a chance to hear stories about community-led development around the world; envision what it could mean for our communities in Central Otago; be inspired and make new connections.
The following evening, Thursday 9 March, at the Cromwell Presbyterian Church Mr Kenyon will run a workshop targeted at communities within the Cromwell basin from 5-9pm. In an interactive session he will lead participants to explore where their community is now, where it wants to be and how they can get there.
Central Otago District Council Community Development Manager Paula Penno said she hoped as many people as possible make the most of this very special opportunity to hear and learn from this inspirational leader in community development.
"Peter's messages are relevant to all sectors in the community – from social services providers, sports group coordinators, community plan groups and community interest organisations, through to those wonderful individuals who just get involved in their community and make things happen.
"We want the workshops to celebrate the community spirit that this district already has, and hope that they will be a catalyst to revitalise and invigorate existing and new community groups and individuals."
Both events are free but RSVPs are appreciated as light refreshments will be served. Contact Paula on (03) 440 0648 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.