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Resources

We love good tools and frameworks!

Because they help to organise our thoughts, unveil the hidden and imagine the future.

We develop our frameworks based on our practical experience and often we ground them in the frameworks developed by others. We believe in the collective wisdom and support the creation of a thriving commons through sharing knowledge, that's why all our resources are free to download. All our frameworks are licensed under a Creative Commons License.

We designed some of these resources for our clients and partners to respond to there needs and create a solution for specific challenges. If you want to discuss what we can do with you, please get in touch!

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Activate change with Catalyse frameworks

We developed this set of frameworks to support our practice and keep adding new ones as our work requires. When facilitating hard conversation or helping other to find their strengths, these resources help us to ask the right questions or explain different aspects of community development process. Feel free to download, print and play with this resources (more instructions are available in the files) and let us know how you use them!

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Participation Continuum

We are always learning and refining how we work based on 'practice-based evidence' as well as knowledge shared by others. This tool has developed from Arnstein's 'Ladder of Participation' via the lens of indigenous evaluation practices, experiences in placemaking and new kinds of economies that work for everyone.

 

We use it in all our work. This tool can be particularly useful in helping systems to adjust and change. While we aim to spend most of our time at the right end of the continuum, sometimes we also work at the left end, compelling people to make changes they may not wish to, such as when new strategic approaches are resisted (when car parks are removed, for example) or the specific expertise required to make an informed decision (e.g., to build a new bridge in the area).

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Pathway of Positive Change

This tool helps reveal what people are up for and how they might work together. It enables a group to better understand what they already have together, imagine a future and a way of getting there, to believe that way will make a difference and to act on that belief in ways that build on what has come before and what is already there; growing local leadership, relationships and teamwork as we go.


​It opens up the capacity to imagine a better way; to join with others and believe what you are doing will make a difference; to act together by joining and leading at different times; and to learn by doing and adapt as we go.

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Iterative Planning

Drawing on Appreciative Inquiry, Design Thinking and using 'Powerful Questions', and backcasting we use this tool to help make intentions clear, keep planning light, build on what people already have available and structure in the ability to response to emerging opportunities and new possibilities as we go.

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Powerful Questions

Powerful questions are a tool of Appreciative Inquiry and their structure aligns with Simon Sinek’s work on the Golden Circle and starting with ‘why’. Traditionally constructed with why, what (what if) and how (how come) as the more powerful ways of beginning a question, less powerful questions include who, when and where. The least powerful questions start with did, can, will and which as well as any other yes/no questions.


In the contexts that we work in, however, who, where and when are also powerful questions and they are often where we start. This is because who is involved in making decisions shapes those decisions and so too does where and when the decision making takes place. Every person and every place has unique potential, and it changes over time. Our lives and the lives of the places we are in are constantly in flux.

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The 5 Whys

Developed from Sakichi Toyoda's work from the 1930s, this tool is a simple way to reveal root causes. ​


The 5 Whys technique is very simple: when a problem occurs, you drill down to its root cause by asking "Why?" five times. Then, when a 'counter-measure' becomes apparent, sometimes before you have asked why five times, you follow it through to prevent the issue from recurring.

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The 5 Wais

This framework was developed in 2015 and then updated in 2020 with Te Atawhai Tibble. We have married up the text with images taken by Jane Dove Juneau at Parihaka in 2016. These images are from a hikoi we were on. Led by Andrew Judd, it culminated at Parihaka and was a call to action on racism in Aotearoa and, in particular, a call for Māori wards in local authorities.


We are on a journey to decolonise our own work and lifestyles and have woven into the framework powerful questions to ask ourselves and colleagues before, during and after engagement, collaboration and/or partnering with Māori. We also find it useful to ground engagement with non-Māori communities.

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Building capacity within disability sector with Journey Together

We collaborated with Journey Together (now Life Unlimited) to develop the capacity of Local Area Coordinators who engage with communities in the course of their work supporting people living with various disabilities (2020-2021). This work included training, mentoring, research and activation as well as resource development. We developed a set of tools that can be used to spark a conversation, inspire new ways of thinking, unveil hidden barriers or bring some joy - which is just as important! 

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Te Whare Tapa Whā

Te Whare Tapa Whā was developed as a holistic and balanced approach to health and wellbeing by Sir Mason Durie (Rangitāne, Ngāti Kauwhata and Ngāti Raukawa) and first published in 1982. This interpretation has been developed by Catalyse for Local Area Coordinators in Journey Together and AccessAbility who walk alongside people with disabilities in Otago/Southland, Hutt Valley, Western and Eastern Bay of Plenty and Lakes districts exploring their good life in community.


Te Whare Tapa Whā can be used as a way of creating a snapshot to show how people are feeling individually and as a group, in terms of the five fundamental aspects of holistic wellbeing. The framework highlights areas of individual strength as well as those areas that are not feeling so strong and it also shows where a group is strong, and where it currently is not.


Catalyse is grateful to Kingi Gilbert who developed this beautiful design for us. 

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Uplifting placemaking in Aotearoa

As part of its work, Catalyse supports the development of placemaking practice in Aotearoa via developing systems, building capacity and creating opportunities for practitioners to learn from each other and build more appetite for placemaking. In 2018-2020 Catalyse was assigned to create and assemble resources for the Placemaking Kit in Tāmaki Makaurau - a box filled with tools and resources that can be used for placemaking. On this page you'll find resources we developed ourselves and with others.  You can find more great resources and the information about the Kit here.

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The Placemaking Chatterbox

The Placemaking Chatterbox is inspired by a popular children's game (also known as a fortune teller) and adapted to be used for placemaking ideation. Using it helps people imagine the future of a place, look at it from a different perspective and encourage creative thinking. Just print it, fold it and play alone or with a group!


The Placemaking Chatterbox is one of the tools included in the Placemaking Kit created and assembled by Catalyse for Placemaking Tāmaki Makaurau. You can find more great resources and the information about the Kit here.

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Discover Cards

This deck of cards is developed from Asset Based Community Development approaches and can help you to see what is already there in your place in terms of knowledge, passions, skills and resources of people, community groups and networks; government and non government organisations; built and natural environment; culture and identity and the local economy. Use them not only to find our what is hiding in plain sight but also how you might build on that together.


You can download the cards to print at home here. If you are interested in a deck of cards for permanent use, connect with us.

All these materials are licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence. 

In summary, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the material, as long as you attribute it to Catalyse and abide by the other licence terms.