Festival of Community Directors
A year-long celebration of community governance.
After a short break - the Festival of Community Directors is back.
Throughout the year, this page will be updated to keep you up-to-date with all the latest from the Festival and all the upcoming events.
Below is a list of themed weeks which will guide the journey.
Resources related to the themes will be uploaded on the Monday of the relevant week, including articles, help-sheets, speeches, videos, webinars and recommendations.
Our goal is simple: Make the community sector stronger than ever.
How do we plan on doing that? By working together for the whole year.
Note: Some of the earlier events on the Festival of Community Directors program was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Date: 12 Oct 2020
Join ICDA and the Innovation Lab for a special Festival of Community Directors tutorial.
Date: 14 Oct 2020
Join ICDA and Think Impact for a special Festival of Community Directors webinar.
Date: 28 Oct 2020
Join ICDA and Moore Stephens for a special Festival of Community Directors webinar.
Date: 05 Nov 2020
Join us for a special Festival of Community Directors webinar.
Date: 11 Nov 2020
Join ICDA and The Ethics Centre for a special Festival of Community Directors webinar.
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