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Principles in Practice: short course series

October 25, 2022, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Session 1: An assets-based approach to stakeholder engagement

The first in a new series of practical and motivating short courses for technical professionals of all levels to build their socio-technical toolkit.

In this workshop, you will be tasked with a specific real-world scenario within a community context. Through this practical and immersive lens, we will embark together on the beginning of the design process, exploring and practising skills and mindsets critical to this early phase. 

You will experience and practice the kinds of skills and mindsets required to work effectively and respectfully with stakeholders across diverse contexts and cultures. These include:

  • Asking good questions: how do we work with community to define the problems and opportunities?
  • Listening: what does listening involve when working in cross-cultural and community contexts? 
  • Unpacking assumptions and biases that impact our work with clients and communities.
  • How these skills and mindsets relate to design considerations and the successful delivery of project outcomes.

This session will balance an exploration of key concepts with opportunities to practice skills, mindsets, and tools in a supportive and low-risk environment.

Who should attend?

This short course is suited for:

  • Professionals at any career stage who deliver technical projects and want to increase their awareness, confidence, efficacy and sensitivity in stakeholder engagement.
  • Not limited to practising engineers – professionals involved in the delivery of technical projects will greatly benefit.
  • Those eager to explore what socio-technical engineering can look and feel like.

Participants will be provided a certificate of completion after participating in this workshop.

EWB’s training offerings qualify for Engineers Australia’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD), required to achieve and maintain Chartered status and is an integral element of a successful engineering career.

What you’ll come away with:

  • Strengthened understanding of key skills for connecting with stakeholders at the early stages of a design process and tools to bring these into your own practice. 
  • Key considerations when engaging with communities, including First Nations communities.
  • Appreciation of the value of community engagement, with regard to its contribution to the technology development process and specification of design criteria.
  • Understanding of how these skills and mindsets are transferable to your current work.

Meet your facilitators:

George Goddard
George Goddard
University Impact Manager

George is a sustainable development practitioner, educator and researcher with 14 years of experience in development and sustainability. George is an experienced facilitator of strengths-based community consultations in Cambodia, Timor-Leste and on Country in Australia, which aim to understand what development and thriving looks like from a community’s perspective.

Dr Melinda Sabet
Dr Melinda Sabet
Intensive Training Programs Specialist

Melinda is an intercultural communication and competence specialist with a strong background in international and community development. Melinda’s research and teaching explores rapport building, communicating, and perspective-shifting in multicultural settings. As a dedicated trainer and facilitator, Melinda supports education and community projects that create a more equitable future for us all.


Tuesday 25 October 2022 / 10am – 1pm (AEST)

Facilitated, online

Early bird: $150 + GST (ends Sun Oct 2)

General admission: $180 + GST

Certified EWB volunteers: $50 + GST

Please note that session numbers will be capped to ensure quality of participant experience.


October 25, 2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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