This year we celebrate our 30th anniversary and have been looking back at our origins and reflecting on the impact of the Forum’s work since 1989.
Throughout his working life Dick Dusseldorp saw the benefit of bringing people together, from different perspectives and experience, to generate an impact well beyond the sum of the parts. He established Dusseldorp Forum to facilitate and provide support for collaborative efforts that would make a tangible difference to the life chances of young Australians.
In Australia today we are seeing exciting developments in communities where they are transforming the life opportunities of their children and families. Several of these initiatives are featured in our Year in Review below. You’ll see how their collective approaches are improving wellbeing, increasing educational opportunities, strengthening culture and influencing government to realign resources to community needs.
The recent ChangeFest gathering in Mt Druitt was a national celebration of community-led collaborative initiatives from across the country with First Nations leading the way.
To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we have commissioned a series of interviews which feature the diversity of people and projects the Forum has engaged with and the impact of the Forum’s work over the past 30 years. Two are included in this report with others featured on our website.
This journey has taken us deep into the heart of remarkable, resilient communities that are generating positive impacts in people’s lives and driving changes in inequitable systems that work against collaboration and self determination.
Two years into our new strategy, we are partnering with a number of communities that are achieving real gains. We call them “lighthouse communities” because they are shining a light on how to make better use of new and existing resources, and driving the change they want to see.
This year the Forum embarked upon a new five-year strategy that supports a holistic approach to young people’s development, to deliver improved education, health and social outcomes for vulnerable children, their families and communities.
We’ve developed a series of digital storytelling campfires – workshops aimed at building a network of Australian place-based community-led evaluators, communicators and storytellers that share, learn, and connect around system change storytelling and are supported to address the opportunities and challenges of communicating collective, long-term stories of change.
Dusseldorp Forum acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia and the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we work and live. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past, present and future.