Project Consulting

One of the simplest yet most profound pieces of advice I was given as a young community development worker was to pause. To take a breath, consider what was happening and then quietly ask some questions to find out exactly what the back story was.

Sparking Change is here to support you with your community strengthening projects, we are here to help you find out what the back story is, and support you to assess your needs, build your strengths and create a map to move towards your shared vision for the future.

Some of the services we provide are;

Project Planning and Development

Sparking Change  provides end to end project planning and development services that support your organisation in identifying and exploring the unique relevance of StoryWork, to your particular sector. Services include:

•Consultation on approaches to storytelling and narrative practice, including assessment of organisational and community needs, determination of project goals, review of best practices for developing appropriate stories.

•Facilitation of community-driven, community engaged planning activities

•Design of culturally appropriate community engagement strategies

Qualitative Research and Evaluation

We offer comprehensive research and evaluation services, including:

•Assessment of community needs through story sharing activities

•Mapping and analysis of local issues

•Evaluation of the impact on storytellers, of sharing personal stories

•Evaluation of the impact on audiences and communities, of listening to stories

Story Based Campaign Building

We offer training and strategic support to social justice organisations and alliances to change the story on the issues that matter most

•Expanding, diverse, inclusive community participation

•Expanding leadership base

•Strengthening individual skills

•Encouraging a shared understanding and vision

•Strategic community agenda

•Facilitating consistent, tangible progress toward goals

•Creating effective community organisations and institutions

•Promoting resource utilisation by the community

•Integrate narrative power analysis into your campaign work

•Promoting resource utilisation by the community

•Integrate narrative power analysis into your campaign work

•Create campaign stories and actions

•Facilitate story-based strategy exercises

•Apply story-based strategy to current issues and real campaigns

Storytelling is really going to inform my work in the family violence sector in the future. The small facilitated sessions led by Lana provided a interesting space to learn the art of storytelling and advocacy.

 

Maryanne Clark

Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria

Facilitation

We provide facilitation of community-driven, community engaged planning activities. We strongly believe that well-facilitated meetings and activities are crucial in building strong, effective communities and successful projects. Sparks facilitators are trained in Deep Democracy (The Lewis Method) and are available to provide story-based reflective leadership retreats, team building workshops, and inquiry sessions. We also facilitate participatory story distribution planning meetings, to engage storytellers and other key stakeholders in the development of strategies for publicly sharing their work as tools for education, awareness-raising, community mobilisation, or policy advocacy.

We use a variety of Deep Democracy methods but also add into the mix democratic StoryWork methods to ensure that we are using the most effective tools for moving your work forward and remaining in alignment with your community / organisational vision. Sparking Change can support and facilitate collective visioning and strategic planning processes, working with you to clarify your group’s guiding vision and developing strong goals, objectives, workplans, and timelines.

Our facilitation services include;

 

Public Story-sharing activities

 

Our professional assistance with the planning and facilitation of story sharing sessions in a range of settings includes:

•Facilitation of community story screenings, panels, and media forums

•Presentation of stories and project outcomes at conferences and symposia

•Development and training of local speakers’ bureaus, for sharing stories

•Design of educational outreach programming

 

 

Organisational story-sharing and team building

We can work with your organisation on the development and implementation of storytelling practices to strengthen critical-thinking, communication, reflection, and cultures of dignity and respect.

•Leadership training through sharing and listening to stories

•Staff development and team building through storytelling

•Development of thematic storytelling workshops for organisations

•Engagement and stakeholder processes to surface meaningful stories

•Planning and optimizing the “future stories” of organizations and institutions

 

 

Workshop / training design and facilitation

 

Custom designed StoryWork workshops and trainings are key to what we do. We offer:

•Story-based reflective leadership retreats, team building workshops, and inquiry sessions

•Comprehensive guidance on culturally relevant workshop / training

•Participatory distribution planning meetings, to engage storytellers and other key stakeholders in the development of strategies for publicly sharing their work as tools for education, awareness-raising, community mobilisation, or policy advocacy

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