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Community Development Approach to Building Thriving Economies 28 March 2013

Councillors, local board members, council staff, community groups and the public are invited to attend a lunchtime learning session with Natalie Nicholles, associate director of the consultancy arm of the London-based new economics foundation (nef) to hear about their community development approach to building diverse and thriving local economies, that put people and the planet first.

Natalie Nicholles

new economics foundation (nef), London

Local economic development – money trails, leaky buckets and local wealth creation

Date: Thursday 28 March
Time: 12 noon – 1.30pm (please feel free to bring your lunch)
Venue: Council Chambers, Ground Floor, Auckland Town Hall, 301-303 Queen Street, Auckland Central*Step free entrance to the Town Hall is available via the Queen Street entrance nearest to the Q Theatre and Bar


Cost: Free
RSVP: Please note that space is limited so please RSVP to this meeting invite
For more information: Contact Tania Pouwhare in the Community and Cultural Strategy teamtania.pouwhare@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Access requirements? Ensuring that events are inclusive and provide access with dignity is important. Please let Tania know ASAP if you have any access requirements.

Natalie Nicholles will offer a practical overview of nef‘s  local economic development tools, and will cover:

  • developing community knowledge about local wealth creation, and why it matters
  • building community capability to assess where and how money and resources leak out of local areas, and how to plug the leaks
  • lessons from ‘clone town’ and ‘ghost town’ Britain
  • nef’s BizFizz programme that supports entrepreneurship in economically disadvantaged areas. BizFizz has coached over 5,000 people to develop local entrepreneurial initiatives – 90% of which are still business after four years
  • how public bodies can make a difference to local economic development.

Natalie specialises in organisational strategy and triple bottom line cost benefit analysis across a range of areas.  She has a strong business management background having previously worked for a FTSE 100 company and a leading leprosy and tuberculosis international NGO. She is also an accredited practitioner of Social Return on Investment (SROI) and is the only member of nef consulting with exceptional fluency in both French and modern dance.