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Key Points for Becky Hirst FRSA

  • Becky Hirst is the author of For the Love of Community Engagement, a reflective memoir that calls for a rethink about how government connects with communities to inform their decision-making.
  • Becky is one of the co-instigators of Global Community Engagement Day which is now celebrated in over 40 countries on 28 January each year.
  • She was recently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society for Arts (FRSA) in London, in recognition of her exhaustive work on social inclusion and development in the UK and Australia, her best-selling book on community and participation, and her empowering services toward engagement and bringing people together.
  • Through her work over the last 23 years, Becky has worked with hundreds of government clients, helping them to engage with the people they serve. She estimates that during this time she has engaged with over 50,000 people in conversations about things that matter!
  • Becky is actively involved in her own communities and has run many successful 'side' projects such as the multiple award-winning Winey Times tourism initiative. Becky has been the Chair of the Board of Management at the McLaren Vale Hospital, a mentor for the Fleurieu Future Leaders Program, a Trustee of the micro philanthropy Awesome Foundation Fleurieu, and a member of the Heal & Hustle Council.
  • Becky Hirst is an entrepreneur, with a natural ability to take risks that turn an idea into profit.
  • She won the SA Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2010 and has since generated over $1.5 million of income through her consultancy work. She has consciously chosen to remain nimble and as a sole practitioner and is passionate about gender equity in entrepreneurialism and business.

Topics for Becky Hirst FRSA

  • The power of community
    How a conversation with your neighbour could change the world!
  • The rise of the 21st century citizen
    A reflective presentation that looks at the changing role of the individual, or citizen, in our 21st century world, and how government and business can be preparing for this.
  • Helping communities tackle the big issues
    This presentation includes a focus on how government and business leaders can include their communities in visioning for the future. It includes setting the context for community engagement as well as creative and innovative ways to facilitate rich and meaningful conversations.
  • Business engagement – be a part of it!
    This presentation is practical in focus and provides inspiration for small and medium businesses to genuinely connect with the communities they serve.
  • Facilitating online conversations with confidence
    An online workshop style presentation format that takes participants on a journey of building confidence to facilitate good, meaningful online conversations via video conferencing.
  • Engaging with communities in an era of low trust
    Are you trusted? How can you build trust by including people in your decision making? This presentation aims to provide practical solutions to build a sense of community and togetherness across organisations, neighbourhoods or elsewhere!
  • Who’s who?
    This presentation focuses on who could bring significant expertise to your decision-making table and is more than likely going to include people you hadn’t thought of!

Testimonials for Becky Hirst FRSA

Through her strong storytelling ability Becky brings focus, energy, creativity, curiosity, and thought-provoking conversation to her keynote delivery. Her lived experience, big picture mindset, and contemporary perspective coupled with her professional, and principles-based approach to community engagement enables Becky to start and lead the conversation. Her genuine interest and passion for the need to continually review rapidly changing and expanding community engagement practices is contagious. Becky left our audience educated and inspired to improve community engagement practices in their communities.
DCM Institute

Becky’s approach to community engagement is cool and creative. As a person, Becky was super approachable and generous enough to inaugurate our Community of Practice at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Becky’s passion and the HARD skills that she taught our researchers were valuable and relevant. Becky has the niche skill of taking the audience along with her story and teaching them some important lessons through her key insights. Becky is a real force in the consumer and community engagement sector in Asia-Pacific and I highly recommend Becky for the love of community engagement.
South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI)