Technology helping humans

Using technology to reduce regional distance and build connectivity

Technology helping humans

Using technology to reduce regional distance and build connectivity

Collaborations -

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The issue

In a resource challenged context how can we bring together people spread across the region to talk, develop understanding and use our collective strengths for regional outcomes?

Year 1 of this new 4-year NLP2 saw the integration of a new support role, the Regional Landcare Coordinator. The RLC in the Northern Tablelands was new to the role, Landcare context and region. It joined four experienced and busy Local Landcare Coordinators and their networks. Our regional partner Local Land Services (LLS), was dealing with long term drought, a long and unprecedented fire season and the need to prioritise emergency response responsibilities. Covid also then hit.

The solution

Zoom webinar technology enables regular, short, fortnightly, online team meetings, interspersed with longer quarterly face-to-face meetings. A simple, easy, non-resource intensive solution to support relationship and regular communication between Landcare stakeholders, whilst saving time and money.

The impact

  • A regular common conversation between five coordinators to learn and get to know each other.
  • Allows us to draw on our differences and diversity and build a sense of our individual and collective strengths.
  • Our LLS Contract Contact and RALF “drop in” for the final 10 minutes allowing us to meet quickly and regularly.
  • Shared communication, learning, consultation and collaborative decision making.
  • Reduced feel of regional distance and the burden of travel.
  • A learning and support mechanism for the new Regional Landcare Coordinator.

Learnings

  • There is power in having short, shared conversations, regularly.
  • A small, simple investment in time with our LLS partners goes a long way in building relationship and exchange of information.
  • New facilitation and hosting tools in our Landcare toolbox.
  • Potential to host a common conversation with a broader range of stakeholders.

Key facts

  • As in nature, the more connections a system has, the less isolated its components and the stronger and more stable it is going to be.
  • Gives greater diversity and choice in meeting options; face to face, online, and mixed.
  • Helps build a foundation to support a collaborative, integrated and coordinated region.
  • More facilitation and hosting tools in our Landcare toolbox.
  • Potential to host common conversations with an even broader range of stakeholders.
  • We are stronger together.

Project Partners