1. Design and facilitate
We design and facilitate collaborative events and projects that help people to think, plan and execute together. Martin’s reputation as a thoughtful, disciplined and engaging facilitator, for 500 or 5, is well established and widely recognised.
As well, we are often asked to curate events from analysis and overall theming, to researching the context to detailed program design. Our specialty is to match event themes with tailored recruitment of interesting and challenging speakers to inspire and provoke discussions.
We can also write up the insights and “so what” analysis, providing people with a shared and practical rendition not just of what was said but its implications for what needs to happen next.
Two recent examples are the Business Improvement and Innovation in Government state conference in Queensland in 2021 (which we have worked on for several years as the event has grown to over 850 delegates and a state, national and global reach) and the strategic planning process for the Board and staff for NSW Fams, a peak body focused on vulnerable children and families.
As part of our design and facilitation work, and fueled very much by the experience of “going virtual” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Public Purpose has teamed up with The AirWorks (“digital teamwork for humans”) to provide a customized suite of digital tools and platforms to support both virtual and physical meetings and collaborative events.
Crafted in the pandemic’s turbulent intensity, The AirWorks is a powerful and flexible set of tools that allow any number of people to meet, talk, explore, plan and work together in different configurations.
Covid’s brutal lessons in the need for flexibility and agility in switching between different ways of working without jeopardizing quality and persistence have to be factored in now to any ambition for collective problem solving and collaborative, shared working.
Public Purpose now has its own site nested with The AirWorks that can rapidly stand up robust, tailored and branded working sites that provide simple, safe and secure ways for people to manage their shared work.
2. Research and Write
Martin is a published author, respected researcher and analyst who can deliver the full suite of policy research, development and strategic analysis.
Clients value the capacity to traverse a wide range of ideas and research from which clearly written and practical insights emerge to prompt thinking about implications for strategy and performance.
A recent example is two pieces of policy research for Learning Creates Australia, one of which analysed 22 reports and reviews from Australia and around the world on school-to-work transition and the impact of different approach to assessment and reporting, and the relationship between employers and young people.
3. Convene and Connect
Whether through formal conference or workshop planning or less formally, we can connect people who might otherwise not meet or have a chance to collaborate to take advantage of their complementary skills, expertise and experience.
An example is a recent series of meetings, dubbed the “new learning game”, which brought together leaders and organisations including Professor Peter Shergold, Chancellor of Western Sydney University and responsible for two recent reports on senior secondary pathways and NSW TAFE, the NSW Public Service Commission, Apple, Salesforce, Hatch, Uniting, Mission Australia, Deloitte, Robert Half, Learning Creates Australia and Adecco.
The discussions were convened with The Experience Exchange to connect discussions in different sectors about new approaches to learning and skills as one of the biggest challenges facing Australia’s economy and society.
“The new public work combines very different actors and players with a mix of creativity and competence which go well beyond the institutional limits of the public sector itself including the pragmatic and unassuming wisdom of ordinary life. It relies on, and prompts, growing digital capability, assets, practices and a culture of connectedness, speed and openness.” Read More