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Peter Kenyon - Keynote Speaker


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Peter Kenyon is a social capitalist and community enthusiast. Over the last four decades he has worked with more than 2000 communities throughout Australia and overseas seeking to facilitate fresh and creative ways that stimulate community and local economic renewal. He is motivated by the desire to create healthy, caring, inclusive, connected, sustainable and enterprising communities and local economies.

Peter has had a background as a youth worker, teacher, youth education officer, tertiary lecturer and senior public servant. His employment experiences have included Director of Employment in Western Australia,

Manager of the Community Employment Development Unit in New Zealand and Coordinator of the Natal Kwazulu Job Creation and Enterprise Strategy in South Africa.

Peter is convinced that one cannot develop communities from the top down or from the outside in. It requires communities to build from the inside out, and for their members to invest themselves, ideas, assets and resources in the process. Peter created the Bank of I.D.E.A.S. (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) to promote such a paradigm shift and assist with the necessary facilitation, ideas and skills.

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Peter Kenyon - Keynote Speaker

  1. 1. ‘Teeny Tiny Summit’
  2. 2. March Township, Carleton County
  3. 3. Greet five other participants that you do not know
  4. 4. That’s Us!
  5. 5. Welcome!
  6. 6. ‘Marble Bar is best known as the stinking hot joint which is always seems to get a crack in the weather report!’ (West Australian Newspaper, 20/4/16)
  7. 7. ‘The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don’t know what you’re doing, someone else does’ -Source Unknown
  8. 8. ‘People who care are a community’s greatest asset.’ -Paul Born
  9. 9. ‘Ideas make the world go around. People in communities and business today live and die by their ideas‘ (Michael Kiely)
  10. 10. “Whoever invented the first wheel was smart. Whoever invented the other three was a genius” -Sid Caesar
  11. 11. ‘You can’t move your town to a different location, you can move your town’s attitude in a different direction’ -Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  12. 12. ‘If you think Donnybrook is ugly, you should see Peter Kenyon’ T Shirt
  13. 13. Tale of 2 Teeny Tiny Australian Towns  Harrow (population:98)  Holbrook (population:1200)
  14. 14. Angela Newton, Publican, Hermitage Hotel, Harrow
  15. 15. 'Harrow was down to being a two keg a week place, and struggling … it needed an outside income … we looked within and identified our assets - location to other tourism product, its history as the oldest inland town in Victoria, and a cemetery full of great stories. With these assets we have scripted a story based on the towns heritage and folklore, and the rest is definitely history ...’ (Angela Newton)
  16. 16.  Pub went from 2 kegs to 20 kegs a week  $250,000 in ticket sales annually  3 new businesses in main street  3 new accommodation businesses  Renewed sense of pride and confidence  Development of a $700,000 Indigenous Cricket Interpretive Centre  Beaut Blokes Weekends – now franchised nationally HARROW ACHIEVEMENT
  17. 17. Beaut Bloke Weekends (Now franchised nationally by ‘Beyond Blue’)
  18. 18. Beatles tribute: Huge yarn bombing project transforms HMAS Otway into yellow submarine
  19. 19. Lesson No 1- Acceptance that the future ain't what it used to be
  20. 20. Lesson No 2.- Realisation that whatever the issue, community is the answer
  21. 21. Rule No 1: Citizens have the answers Rule No 2: When in doubt, refer to Rule No1
  22. 22. ‘If we are wise, we will help the people everywhere to get the good and abundant life…to become masters of their own destiny’. Rev Dr Moses M Coady
  23. 23. ‘We are motivated by what we don’t have, to use what we do have, to get what we want’. (Rev Dr Moses Coady)
  24. 24. ‘Great communities don’t just happen! – They are created, nurtured and sustained by caring, connected and involved residents.’ (Peter Kenyon)
  25. 25. ‘Most communities can often be compared to an ice hockey game where 20,000 people who need the exercise, turn up to watch 12 players who don’t.’ (Peter Kenyon)
  26. 26. Lesson No 3.- Recognition that Importance of local leadership
  27. 27. “Given the task of rejuvenating a region and the choice of $50 million, or $2 million and 20 committed local leaders, we would choose the smaller amount of money and the committed leaders.” (McKinsey and Company (1994) Lead Local Compete Global: Unlocking the Growth of Australia’s Regions)
  28. 28. ‘Conventional wisdom suggests that for a small town to survive it needs to be near a major highway, have significant natural resources in the region, be close to a larger city or have some other “characteristic or circumstance” working in its favour. Yet in reality, leadership is proving to be more important than location and attitude is more important than community size’ -Heartland Center for Leadership Development
  29. 29. ‘Leadership is the thing that wins battles. I have it, but I’ll be damned if I can define it’. -General George Patton
  30. 30. 'Leadership is not necessarily a title or a powerful position; it is a process, it is relational, it is making something happen, it is leaving a mark.' (Lorraine Matusak) 1. Making Things Happen
  31. 31. ‘A leaders task is to open doors and windows’. -John Gardiner Focussing on Assets and Possibilities
  32. 32. ‘If any one idea about leadership has inspired organisations and communities for thousands of years, it is the capacity to hold a shared picture of the future we seek to create’ -Peter Senge 2. Creating vision
  33. 33. ‘True leadership involves a vision and inspiring those around you and working with you to make that vision a reality’ -David Karpin
  34. 34. Police – Const-a-bull
  35. 35. ‘If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more, you are a leader.’ -John Quincey Adams 3. Inspiring Others
  36. 36. ‘Leadership is that special quality which enables people to stand up and pull the rest of us over the horizon’ -John Gardiner
  37. 37. ‘I can’t save the world on my own…it will take at least three of us.’ (Bill Mollison, a founder of the Permaculture Movement) 4. Facilitating Collaboration
  38. 38. Building Relationships ‘Relationship building is the fundamental action of community and economic building.’ Libby Ozinga - Creator of the Mainstreet Movement in Australia
  39. 39. Beechworth, Victoria
  40. 40. Case Study Beechworth Bakery  Employs 76 people Turns $8 million plus per year  Took $30,000 over the counter on one day  Attracts over 800,000 customers per year  Offers 200 products  Seats 300 customers  Has won the most significant Regional Tourism Award in Victoria 3 times
  41. 41. Replicated the bakery in 5 other towns (255 staff and $17 million in total turnover)
  42. 42. How do you make dough Tom’s way?
  43. 43. ‘We are not in business to build products or services. We are in business to build relationships‘ (Michael Lebooveff)
  44. 44. 1.The Customer
  46. 46. ‘I spend a lot of money training my staff. Some locals think that I’m investing too much money in my people and they say to me: “Tom, what if you train them and they leave?” To which I usually reply: “What if I don’t train them and they stay.’ (Tom O’Toole, 2. Staff
  47. 47. 3.The Local Community
  48. 48. 4. Other Businesses and Suppliers
  49. 49. The first duty of a leader is to instill optimism.’ (Field Marshall Montgomery) ‘A leader is a merchant of hope’ (Napoleon) 5. Instilling Positive Mindset
  50. 50. ‘Nowadays towns are really not so different from businesses, they need to keep recreating themselves. Not so many years ago country towns were subject to general trends. They would all do well or all do badly. The picture is now very uneven. The successful towns are likely to be driven by people who are passionate and creative, who see an opportunity and go for it. You need communities with a bit of get up and go spirit. Some have it, some don't.‘ -Roy Powell
  51. 51. ‘I think negative people should be taxed. They require an incredible amount of energy. They're like corgis nibbling at your ankles and I'm sure they exist to show us the difference between heaven and hell.’ (Vicki Buck, Deputy Mayor, Christchurch City Council)
  52. 52. ‘When facing a difficult task, act as if it is impossible to fail. When going after Moby Dick, bring along the tartar sauce.’
  53. 53. 6. Fostering Leadership ‘A leader creates leaders who creates leaders’. (Carol McCall) ‘Leaders don’t create followers – they create more leaders’ (Tom Peters)
  54. 54. ‘If you want a year of prosperity, grow grass. If you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.‘ (Scott’s Bluff Leadership)
  56. 56. ‘Great communities don’t just happen! – They are created, nurtured and sustained by caring, connected and involved residents.’ (Peter Kenyon)
  57. 57. Can figure out what these seven words all have in common- 1. Banana 2. Dresser 3. Grammar 4. Potato 5. Revive 6. Uneven 7. Assess
  58. 58. Can figure out what these seven words all have in common- 1. Banana 2. Dresser 3. Grammar 4. Potato 5. Revive 6. Uneven 7. Assess
  59. 59. Can figure out what these seven words all have in common- 1. ananaB 2. resserD 3. rammarG 4. otatoP 5. eviveR 6. nevenU 7. ssessA
  60. 60. Problem Scenario You are driving in a car at a constant speed. On your left is a valley and on your right is a fire engine traveling at the same speed as you. In front of you is a galloping pig which is the same size as your car and you cannot overtake it. Behind you is a helicopter flying at ground level. Both the giant pig and the helicopter are also traveling at the same speed as you. What must you do to safely get out of this highly dangerous situation?
  61. 61. Solution Never ride the children's merry go round when you are drunk. Get off. You will be safe.
  62. 62. ‘Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of many years of experts.’ How many ‘fs’ do you see?
  63. 63. ’Strength lies in differences, not similarities'. (Stephen Covey)
  64. 64. The Leadership Example of Pam Warhurst
  65. 65. The Power of Small Actions
  66. 66. ‘There is no recipe for effective local community and economic building- but there is a set of important principles ’ (Peter Kenyon)
  67. 67. 1.‘Success is an inside job’
  68. 68. ‘The wisdom of the community always exceeds the knowledge of the experts’ -Harold Flaming
  69. 69. Dr Ernesto Sirolli
  70. 70. ‘The future of every community lies in capturing the passion, imagination, and resources of its people’. (Ernesto Sirolli)
  71. 71. 2.‘Focus on the positive’
  72. 72. 3. Remember that discovery is not so much about seeking new landscapes, but having fresh eyes…making the invisible, invisible’
  73. 73. “At the end of the day, you cannot possibly know what a community needs, until they first know what they have.” -Cormac Russell
  74. 74. 4.‘Grow engagement’
  75. 75. ‘Every community that is getting stronger has at its centre an effort to build up a wider circle of people who choose to take action for the common good.’ Mike Green
  76. 76. 5.‘Have a WOW factor’
  77. 77. Elvis
  78. 78. Elvis
  79. 79. Elvis
  80. 80. Elvis parsley
  81. 81. 6.’Communicate, Communicate, and Communicate’
  82. 82. 7. Engage this group!’
  83. 83. Bella Burgemeister: 11 year old Author
  84. 84. 8. Have fun!’
  85. 85.  Boredom and a lack of fun ‘The usual trouble with volunteers is not killing them with overwork, but boring them to death’ -Harold Seymour
  86. 86. Top Reason Why Volunteers Leave? “It stopped being fun!”
  87. 87. Use Humour and Novelty ‘If I can get you to laugh with me, you’ll like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas’ -John Cleese
  88. 88. Lesmurdie Surf Club
  89. 89. Every morning in Africa a springbok wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest springbok or it will starve to death.
  90. 90. But it does not matter whether you are a lion or a springbok; When the sun comes up you had better be Running!
  91. 91. What am I going to do different tomorrow?
  92. 92. ‘Great communities don’t just happen! – They are created, nurtured and sustained by caring, connected and involved residents.’ (Peter Kenyon)
  93. 93. Farina
  94. 94. Tom Harding (Restoration Coordinator) and Martin MacLennan (Baker)
  95. 95. Annual Outback Cricket Match