Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Whatever the problem, community is the answer!

Here at SPiCE we truly believe that our community has the answer. The answer for what we want to see more of. The answer for how we want Sandringham village to look and feel. The answer to good neighbours, community connections, and celebrating diversity. The answer to what will make Sandringham an even more amazing place to live work and play. 

We also believe the strengths we need to build all this can be found within our community. And we have made it out mission to advocate and promote this! Including taking over the local community notice board (which was empty due to Covid 19 and its impacts) to promote it with this great quote from Margaret Wheatley and the Berkana Institute. 

Reflections from the pause

We noticed the strengthening of neighbourhood connections, and connections to our local place during the lockdown. Families cycling down Sandringham Roads normally busy with traffic. Being able to hear birds singing. Neighbours supporting each other, and people stepping up to be street coordinators. Wouldn't it be great if we could continue some of these things in our new normal? What needs to change so we can?

Let us know what you would like to see. Let us know if you have a community project and we can support you to achieve it. We are here to support you - the community. Because you have the answers.

Monday, 11 May 2020

Our favourite lockdown webinars!

One of the benefits of lockdown has been connecting digitally with some pretty amazing humans from NZ and all over the globe. And they are all free! Here are some of our favourites:

1. Aotearoa Town Hall

Two young councillors from Wellington have facilitated these great facebook live sessions on a Monday night from 7 pm. I've joined a couple of sessions on economics featuring Kate Raworth amongst others (UK academic, "Doughnut Economics"). Tonight's one (Monday 12 May) is on health with Siouxsie Wiles (Microbiologist and science communicator extraordinaire) and Julie Ann Genter (associate Minister for Health) on the panel. Previous week's recordings available on the FB page if you want to catch up. Or maybe see you there tonight?

2. Inspiring Communities

Inspiring Communities, a leading source of community-led development information in NZ, has led a couple of webinars expertly facilitated by Denise Bijoux. The first one looked at Insights into Community Innovation & Getting Through COVID-19 and featured guests from the world-leading Tamarack Institute in Canada. The second one focussed on NZ experts looking at Response to Recovery. They have generously made the recordings and accompanying resources available on their website:

The Inspiring Communities FB page posts regularly with some great content so follow them if you are interested in this area.

3. Jeder Institute 

The Jeder Institute from Australia has been hosting free zoom catch-ups at 10 am and 10 pm NZ time every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Teach Tuesdays they share ABCD (asset-based community development) tools and models and on Think Thursdays they have inspiring community speakers from all over the world. Catch-up on previous talks on their you tube channel, or just dial in with zoom if you are free - all welcome. All the talks are very energising, positive and interactive - there seems to be a world wide desire to create a new and better normal out of Covid. Find all the details here:

What cool webinars have you discovered during lockdown? We'd love to know!