EVENT WRAP UP 05 OCTOBER: Collaboration will make a difference in our business and our community

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Every small step toward your vision has a key role in the success of creating a community. Passion, coupled with dedication, and working in collaboration with like-minded people are the core elements to building a strong community with purpose.

Rosanne Scott had a powerful story to share with on 05 October at the Women In Leadership Driving Change (WILD’C) monthly event. Perth City Farm was officially launched in August 2010 and they were initially given a two year contract. With powers of persuasion and faith in the vision, they have now secured a 40 year tenancy agreement to keep the location.

So what do Perth City Farm actually do?

It is a wonderful model of social enterprise and community. Their PEACE acronym really defines their vision and purpose so clearly:


  • P – Permaculture (Sustainability),
  • E – Education (includes work experience, placements, TAFE),
  • A – Arts (festivals, exhibitions, circus school, artists),
  • C – Community (for example, NOLSON supporting people with disability, Work for the dole, volunteers),
  • E – Enterprise (self-sustaining social enterprise model, venue hire, tours, workshops)

Key take-ways and tools of inspiration

Here is our top list of key take-a-ways that Roseanne shared:

  • As leaders, it is our job is to create a common vision that people believe in
  • Rosanne places value in servant leadership (learn more here: https://greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership )
  • For not-for-profits, the development of a clear Constitution that aligns with the core values, can provide a meaningful tool for planning. It was the development of their core offerings through the PEACE acronym that is also included in their tenancy agreement which has had a strong influence in allowing them to keep their current location.
  • Being given a short-term opportunity does not mean this will be the way it is forever. Have faith in the vision, and share the vision with influential people (like campaigning to politicians), and this will help grow wider support and expand its success.
  • To create community, always introduce people to others. It does not matter if you have done it many times. Be that person who cares enough to know people’s stories, and always take time to introduce them to new people. This helps build your community.
  • It is important to have fun! When people are volunteering their time, it is because they want to help and want to contribute. So while people are providing something very meaningful and important with their volunteer work, it is important to have fun doing it 🙂

8 tips for collaborative leadership.

Rosanne ended the night with sharing these 8 top tips by Carol Kinsey Goman

  1. Realize that silos can kill your business.
  2. Build your collaboration strategy around the “human element.”
  3. Use collaboration as an organizational change strategy.
  4. Make visioning a team sport.
  5. Utilize diversity in problem solving.
  6. Help people develop relationships.
  7. Focus on building trust.
  8. Watch your body language.

You can watch the video here or read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/carolkinseygoman/2014/02/13/8-tips-for-collaborative-leadership/

Servant Leadership

“A servant-leader focuses primarily on the growth and well-being of people and the communities to which they belong. While traditional leadership generally involves the accumulation and exercise of power by one at the “top of the pyramid,” servant leadership is different. The servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first, and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible”.
(Red more here: https://greenleaf.org/what-is-servant-leadership/ )

You Tube Resources: Collaboration

We have a found a few awesome videos for you around collaboration and leadership, so check out our WILD’C playlist here! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZ7FSY6gztJ4LqOayEWlQoK6rrYQU4qCk

The 5 latest videos to be added to this list include:

  • Collaboration Research – by Carol Goman
  • Clay Shirky: How cognitive surplus will change the world – by TED
  • Stanley McChrystal: The military case for sharing knowledge – by TED
  • Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity – by TED
  • Luis von Ahn: Massive-scale online collaboration – by TED


It was a wonderful event with a great conversations for change taking place. Rosanne was so generous in sharing her story, her journey and her expertise on what it takes to build a strong community. We were all inspired with new ideas!

Thank you Rosanne for taking the time to support our WILD’C community.

Perth City Farm:



COMMUNITY PROJECT UPDATE: “Re-Energising Women To Re-Enter the Workforce”

We are getting to final stages of planning for our community project. We have secured a number of speakers and are getting ready to move into launch our marketing campaign at the end of October. Nicole from Design Societe has created a lovely flyer for us and we are aiming to launch our full marketing program at the end of October.

To help gain momentum, and fill our event with 80 guests at each event, we hope you will us and share the message far and wide.

Please do join the Facebook group and become part of the community. This project is designed to help others, we are all volunteers, and we know this will provide a valuable resource to other women. Help us spread the word and make a positive difference for women in Perth who are re-entering the workforce.





Written by
Ruth O’Dwyer – www.struthruth.com.au
Founder and Chairperson
Women In Leadership Driving Change (WILD’C)


Author: Ruth O'Dwyer