The funders saw that in order for communities to work on big and sometimes fuzzy challenges, dedicated capability building was needed. There had been many opportunities created for people to attend workshops and training, but the fruits of this learning had not been translated into tangible changes in on-the-ground work. It was clear that while these workshops were enjoyed by participants and they found the content relevant and helpful, there was something missing in the process when it came to how they were going to translate the learning into their practice. This is where we came into the picture, with the question, ‘what would it really take to build capability in place for place-based outcomes’?
The skillsets we cultivate in place-based work help people turn strong ideas into real and sustainable actions. They represent the fundamental ‘know-how’ of place-based work and the way we develop these skills helps people to immediately translate them into action, where ever they are in the process of change.