ENGAGE PLAN CREATE
By engaging with the community early and inclusively to frame how the work can be designed and delivered we maximise the way local people and agencies are able to participate in, advocate through and be meaningfully involved in the work.
Involving people from the very beginning enables a better ‘behind the scenes’ sense of how the community works. We honour the fact that local people own their community and that their active involvement in shaping how it is designed and managed is in the best interests of everyone. Even when an inclusive process seems ‘messy’ and takes longer than an individual simply making a decision. By involving community representatives in the way we design and facilitate our methodology they are also exposed to new skills and experiences and greater capacity to engage and participate in future decision making processes.
For us, connecting early with the community applies to both our film and engagement work, as each requires people to trust that we’ll represent their stories accurately.
Our engagement processes invite activists, government, businesses, peak bodies and people from both marginalised and mainstream backgrounds to participate.
I’ve personally spent the majority of my professional life working with marginalised peoples in urban, rural and remote communities. I draw on these experiences to design creative ways of encouraging people in difficult circumstances to share their stories.
Everyone is differently abled and interested, so the work FC produces is designed to create space for people to be involved in many different ways.
We want to work with local people interested in being involved from the start to design and guide the whole process.
We create space for others that may want to help coordinate or make artworks or network or photograph the process or do other specific tasks they have time and capacity for. We also seek to work with local people who have the ability to provide resources and spaces and ideas.
And we work with the community to promote and generate audience for what we produce.
We collaborate with people to produce locally relevant films and events where people can connect and share and celebrate.
We’re fermenting collaboration wherever we can.
I hope you can join us.