Community Engagement Adviser at Department of Sustainability and Environment
Me in Three
For six years I was an architect in the Government of Swaziland, which was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot, including such things that I was not interested in being a line manager, that southern Africa is a great place, and that sustainable development means doing things completely different to how we do them now. My Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (Police Facilities in Nkwalini, Swaziland) concluded that the only way to achieve a sustainable solution would be to engage all the stakeholders in the decision making process.
I spent another six years living in Nimbin, rural Australia, spiritual home of the Australian counter culture. From this experience I learned that a different way of doing things requires far more than just knowing that things have to be done differently. Living on a community title property (42 households with a share in 13ha) and working on public housing estates provided the research base for a PhD - Participatory Development: Methods, Skills and Processes
For the last seven years I've been a member of the Engagement and Partnerships Team in a State Government Department that manages public land. I don't think there is any silver bullet, but I am passionate about designing processes that successfully enable people have dialogue about the decisions that will effect them. I also like making youtube slide shows about development ideas, theory and practice.
Stories, Hacks, & Barriers
Groundbreaking ideas and practices from Martin Butcher