Enabling Change

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Workshops in spring 2017: Book now.

Changeology master class
The art of project design for 'yes'

"Energised, 'innovated', inspired. Fired up that I have something like this to back me up." - project manager, state agency, Victoria

Join the 3,000+ practitioners who've got the thinking, inspirations, processes and tools to devise projects that change communities, industries, and teams. The workshop includes enthusiastic companions, yummy food, and 200 page manual. Max just 20 participants. [More] [The process]
Melbourne and Sydney Dates in April 2018 (stay tuned)
BOOK here.

Facilitate with Confidence
Facilitate workshops and meetings with skill

Good facilitation can seem like magic, but it's really a set of learnable skills. Join this safe, friendly environment to expand your abilities to facilitate happy productive groups, large and small. Max 15 participants. [More]
Melbourne and Sydney Dates in April 2018 (stay tuned)
BOOK here.

New resources for change makers

The physics of enthusiasm
Les chatting about why changing people doesn't work, and could fundamental physics possibly teach us anything about human nature? From Cecilia Macaulay's Fireside Skillshare in June 2017.

Changeology practice guides
Here are two one pagers that might be useful. First, an all-purpose checklist for facilitating workshops. And second, a way to use the bell curve as a project design tool.

How to instruct a brainstorm
Brainstorming is one of the most important things we do. Here's a word-by-word script that builds in the good things we need to think about to get the most out of a gathering of minds.
Here's the script.

Comfy Zone Diagnostic Tool
Decisions, decisions, and so much to think about! This simple tool reminds project designers about the full range of behaviour influencing strategies available to them and when they should be used.
Download the tool (152k PDF).

Les shows how to use the awesome "If not, then what?" method
It's a way to generate a host of convention-busting ideas amazingly quickly. From the fun session at the North East Landcare Forum 2013.

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Quote de joy

"Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric."
- Bertrand Russell

Passionate mashups

A compendium of mashup ideas for volunteer groups from the Passion Mashing workshop. Download the booklet. (287k PDF).

The Changeology model

The all-purpose model for designing behaviour change projects. Explained.

Download PDF version.

How to change a system

Here are 18 ways to change any system, with strategies ranging from weak to strong, inspired by the work of Donella Meadows.

18 Leverage Points.

Most read articles

The problem with Social Marketing - why you can't sell change like soap
This paper presents a critique of Social Marketing. Why the answer to "wicked" problems requires different approaches. The paper. (140k PDF)

Changeology: the process and the theory
Here is the step-by-step methodology and the theoretical background to the Changeology method of program design.
The Changeology process (260k PDF)
Changeology theory (147k PDF).

Introduction to the Diffusion of Innovations
A succinct introduction to the model of change that focuses on innovation design, viral communications, and satisfying the needs of users.
Download (259k PDF)
[This article is very popular. It gets downloaded about 4,000 times a month.]

For the latest Changeology ideas and inspirations, see Les's Changeology BLOG

Changeology, the book

“An enjoyable, inspiring crash course in social change thinking.”

What it's all about.
And where to get it.

“I help teams and organisations to...

SOLVE PUZZLES
I sit down with you to devise 'long fix' solutions to tricky social, health and environmental challenges.
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CULTIVATE THE WISDOM OF GROUPS
I facilitate the collective brilliance of teams, workshops, and conferences.
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GEAR UP YOUR TEAM
I expand people's skills in change management, facilitation, innovation and change thinking.
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MAKE CHOICES EASY
I provide lots of labour-saving tools to improve decision-making.
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- Les Robinson

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