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Major conference supercharges Festival of Community Directors

By Lachlan Pollock, Our Community

The day-long Practical Impact Conference saw community directors from across Australia converge on Our Community House in early June.

Delegates learned practical tips and tools for measuring their impact from an impressive bill of speakers, including economics expert Nicholas Gruen and data guru Andrew Means.

The conference was a highlight so far of the Festival of Community Directors, which is now into its fifth month.

Find out more about the Practical Impact conference here.

What else has been happening?

Communicating with clout

The first week of May was enormous, with Brett de Hoedt from Hootville bringing his communications expertise to the Festival of Community Directors. Brett released a swag of valuable communications-related resources (available here) and wrote a number of articles for the Community Directors Intelligence newsletter (available here).

Better governance for schools

The Institute of Community Directors held a half-day training session in Brisbane aimed at improving school governance. If you were unable to attend the session but would be interested in learning more, contact alanm@ourcommunity.com.au for details of our tailored training sessions (minimum 10 people).

Best practice tips and insights on running child safety investigations

Following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, every community organisation needs to consider whether it has a genuine culture of child safety. The Royal Commission exposed systemic failures by some of largest not-for-profits in preventing and responding to child abuse. In mid-June, ICDA partnered with Moores to run a new webinar aimed at helping not-for-profits to run effective child safety investigations. If you'd like to purchase a recording of the webinar (just $65), email lachlanp@ourcommunity.com.au.

What's coming next?

There are plenty of events and activities happening over the next few months.


10 July: Organising a great annual general meeting (webinar; everywhere): "Organising a great annual general meeting" is the subject of a special webinar offered by ICDA for free to celebrate the Festival of Community Directors' AGM-focused week. Book here.


18 July: Rethinking governance for the disability sector (Melbourne): Massive changes are rolling through the disability sector, and directors and other leaders must be at the top of their game. In this half-day course, you'll gain an enhanced understanding of governance in the disability support sector, and greater confidence in your ability to contribute to the development of a robust, sustainable, adaptable, mission-focused organisation.

Thanks to the support of our alliance partner, Commonwealth Bank, there is no charge for this training. Book your spot here.


25 July: Assessing board performance (webinar; everywhere): "Assessing board performance" is the subject of a new webinar available as part of ICDA's 2019 Festival of Community Directors. This webinar will help to ensure your board knows the best way to assess its own performance. Book here.


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