June 29, 2017
June 28, 2017






Peter Kenyon

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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9 am: Keynote address by Peter Kenyon

10:30 am: Local experts briefly inspire and educate us on key topics for Teeny Tiny Places:

Municipal-volunteer relationships
Risk Management/insurance for community groups
Small village servicing (water and wastewater solutions)
Big Data for Small Places
Strategic planning without tears for small places/community groups
Finding your story and telling it

12pm – 1pm: Local Flavours Lunch

1 pm: Facilitated discussions will take place on the key topics we addressed in the morning. Learn from other communities, brainstorm your best solutions, share best practices, and get ideas for next steps in your community. Results will be shared with the whole group.

3:30pm: Wrap up, evaluations, and thank you

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106 Read Street

Merrickville, ON K0G 1N0

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