Festival of Community Directors
A year-long celebration of community governance.
Welcome to the Festival of Community Directors' homepage.
Below, you will find information on all of the themed weeks and the upcoming training that form the Festival.
After a tough 2020, we hope the 2021 Festival of Community Directors will help get you and your organisation back on track.
Date: 26 Jul 2021
The financial year has ended, and now it’s time to start thinking about your annual general meeting.
Date: 16 Aug 2021
In this webinar we will investigate how boards are moving from long-term planning to adaptive…
Date: 09 Sep 2021
At this webinar, ICDA and Maddocks will provide an overview of the important policies every…
Date: 14 Sep 2021
Join us at this webinar to learn everything you need to know to become an expert at taking minutes.
Date: 14 Oct 2021
How are you managing the risks of data breach in your organisation?
Date: 29 Oct 2021
Join us at this webinar to hear about the steps you need to take to host a successful event.
February 2020: Cracker calendar points the way
The 2020 Festival of Community Directors – a year-long celebration of community governance – has…Read more
November 2019: Sow some good
Start planning your 2020, with this 56-page bumper edition of Community Directors Intelligence.…Read more
August 2019: Stay alert
The difference between a good organisation and a great one is a matter of making the right…Read more
May 2019: Communicate with clout
If you want people to know what you’re all about, you’ve got to get the message out. It sounds…Read more
February 2019: Your time starts now
Want to make this year the one you achieve your organisation’s biggest goals? Then you’ve got to…Read more
November 2018: Connect with your community
Strong social connections and the ability to act strategically and collaboratively are perhaps the…Read more
October 2018: Cultivate your culture
Organisational culture, we all know, eats strategy for breakfast. It’s also been known to snack on…Read more
July 2018: How to make a leader
Leadership can make or break an organisation. Poor leadership can destroy your income, your…Read more
March 2018: The keys to collaboration
Working in the same field as another group – having common ideals, or common goals, or even common…Read more
November 2017: What's your digital plan?
Unlike some IT gurus, we’re not just going to tell you to “turn it off and turn it on again” in…Read more
September 2017: Staying financially sustainable
The rabbits were tired of being eaten by the wolves, and they went to the owl for advice. The owl…Read more
July 2017: The role of the chair
This edition is all about examining the role of the chair - the good, the bad, and the very bad.…Read more
May 2017: The hot topics edition
In this Board Builder, we’ve deployed the collective wisdom of the hundreds of board members who…Read more
March 2017: The Social Enterprise toolkit
In this issue of Board Builder, we cut through the hype, take a swig on our lukewarm Nescafé, and…Read more
Edition 5, 2016: Board Behaviour
It’s not always easy to talk about board behaviour. It’s highly subjective, it’s messy, it’s…Read more
Edition 3, 2016: Crisis Management
At this year’s Board Builder conference, attendees had the privilege of listening to one of the…Read more
Edition 2, 2016: Minutes Toolkit
Let’s talk about minutes. We know what you’re thinking – that sounds about as exciting as a bowl of…Read more
Edition 1, 2016: Renewal Through Recruitment
Not-for-profit boards face a lot of important tasks – setting strategic directions, leaning on…Read more
Edition 6, 2015: The Wisdom of the Chairs
Chairs have been around the block enough times to know a thing or two about managing a community…Read more
Edition 5, 2015: The Ethics Edition
In this issue of Board Builder, Dr Simon Longstaff writes that ethics, at its core, is about living…Read more
Edition 4, 2015: What's your Endgame?
In this issue of Board Builder, we present a groundbreaking essay by Alice Gugelev and Andrew…Read more
Edition 3, 2015: Saluting the Treasurer
Let’s tell it like it is. The job of a not-for profit treasurer is hard. Very hard. Quite often…Read more
Edition 2, 2015: Post-Conference Edition
Following this year's Conference, we cover the hot topics of the conference, distilling the lessons…Read more
Edition 1, 2015: Risk Management Toolkit
When we’re talking about risk, it’s easy to focus on the negatives. But it’s not all doom and…Read more
Edition 4, 2014: Board Basics Toolkit
To keep your organisation chugging along well, it's important to understand who's doing what (and…Read more
Edition 3, 2014: Annual General Meetings Toolkit
AGM season always brings a flurry of frantic activity from community boards across Australia. A…Read more
Edition 2, 2014: Annual Review Toolkit
Much like spring cleaning, an annual review of your organisation helps keep things feeling fresh…Read more