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A disability event with a twist

A disability event with a twist

Local and international experts will share ideas on how to build stronger and more inclusive communities, at new events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

The ImagineBetter Assemblies, running from 9 to 17 November, will bring together dozens of participants to discuss the theme Connections, Community, Citizenship.

ImagineBetter is an independent organisation that offers information and events for disabled people, families and organisations.

It has replaced its popular annual conference with three Assemblies this year. The events will offer a twist on the traditional conference format, with discussions focusing on topics suggested by participants.

Community-building expert and author Margaret Wheatley, from the United States, will talk about her universal message: "Whatever the problem, community is the answer." Dr Wheatley is co-founder of the Berkana Institute, a non-profit organisation established to foster resilient communities. She has advised people and organisations from the head of the US Army to 12-year-old Girl Guides and rural aboriginal villages.

Leaders in community development from Australia's Jeder Institute and Future by Design will facilitate discussions with the support of the ImagineBetter team.

Each Assembly will also include an expo and an evening networking function.

"We've found that people learn best from sharing experiences with each other, so we wanted to offer an interactive programme," ImagineBetter Chief Executive Tony Blackett says. "Our aim is that people will leave the Assemblies with the ideas, motivation and skills they need to strengthen their local ties, contribute to their community and benefit from it."

Key dates and how to register

Events will be held in Auckland from 9-10 November; Wellington, 12-13 November; and Christchurch, 16-17 November. To find out more and to register, visit imaginebetter.co.nz. Registrations are still being accepted.


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