The last edition of HNRRP e-news discussed how the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program is meeting one of its key objectives – the prevention of an estimated 48.2 tonnes of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) entering the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system each year. In the June 2011 edition of HNRRP e-news we look at our other key objective – securing 7.24 gigalitres (billion litres) per year for additional environmental ﬂows in the Hawkesbury-Nepean river system. You can also read about the HNRRP projects and how they are progressing as the program nears completion.
In November 2011 Dave Snowden will be leading an executive seminar tour called ‘The Cynefin Seminar’ in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Singapore.
As those of you who have attended one of our workshops know, we use the ‘Cynefin framework’ when talking about the need to move from simple and complicated information, into a knowledge sharing space which is more ‘complex’.
Complexity theory offers a real opportunity to transform governance by doing more with less, integrating strategic intent with operational practice, and is at the heart of the Cynefin framework, which offers leaders a typology of contexts to guide their decision making.
The one-day Cynefin Executive Seminar, led by Dave Snowden and based on his award-winning work, is designed to introduce participants to radical new ways to:
- navigate complexity in human systems,
- shift from systems thinking to complexity theory, which offers an evolutionary alternative,
- understand how cognitive complexity offers a different and complementary model to deal with conditions of uncertainty, and
- create a resilient instead of robust organisation, one that recovers quickly from failure.
This seminar will take place in the following cities:
Accredited members of the Cognitive Edge Network are entitled to a 15% discount – please contact Dawn Lincoln for information.
Siwan and I attended one of Dave’s seminars last year and found we learnt so much from his one day session. We both highly recommend that anyone interested in complexity or the use of narrative to attend this seminar.
The last two weeks have been spent focusing on helping the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA, and the Office of Hawkesbury Nepean, with ideas and approaches for engaging with their communities. I spent a great day at Sydney Airport (very quiet due to the ash cloud) with Amanda Bigelow and Wendy Miller from the Border Rivers-Gwydir CMA, brainstorming ways to ensure that their upcoming Catchment Action Plan consultation processes really ‘hits the mark’ in terms of getting people involved in thinking about and planning for their catchment’s future.
Following my meeting with the Border Rivers-Gwydir team, Nerida finally got back from Los Angeles where the ash cloud had meant an extra two day stay (!), and we were off to the Office of Hawkesbury Nepean, based in Penrith. We had a good day facilitating and working with the Office of Hawkesbury Nepean’s new Stakeholder Committee, exploring how this group of committed individuals can work together as a team and effect real change in their catchment. We developed a number of different strategies and actions with the Committee that will ensure the group can be an effective advisor, communicator and knowledge broker with the Office of Hawkesbury Nepean.
If you want to know more about the work we have been doing in the area of community and stakeholder engagement, drop us a line. We also intend to develop some new resources for you as a result of these meetings, so stay in tune for more knowledge sharing ARRC style!
Siwan and Nerida
In February this year Nerida and I had the pleasure of working with the Sunshine Coast Regional Council. We ran a workshop at a venue overlooking the amazing Pumicestone Passage. Even though it was raining, the beauty of this special part of the Sunshine Coast was clear for all to see.
The link below is a short documentary regarding the biggest single development ever proposed for the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra South, directly affecting the Pumicestone Passage. It is vitally important that as many people as possible spend a few minutes to watch this and pass it on to others to watch and become aware of what is being proposed.
Peter Cullen was an influential communicator on many debates on the sustainable use of water in Australia. The twenty three papers that make up this book were originally written for journals, books and conferences. The collection, entitled This Land Our Water, resonates with the clarity of Peter’s purpose – to communicate scientific knowledge and influence the way Australians consider water use. There will be events in Adelaide (20 June), Melbourne (21 June), Sydney (22 June) and Canberra (24 June) to launch this important book. Click here for details about who to contact if you would like to attend.