The Create Conference: Community and business working together towards a flourishing world, is a conference with a difference. We’re calling in a working conference. It's an opportunity for you to bring your knowledge and skills and be part of designing innovative approaches to community development and the financing of work that is truly transformational for local communities around the world.
The physical conference is part of an ongoing process co-designed by The Centre for Building Better Community ,The Informal Settlements and Cities Consortium and The Business Coalition of the World Evangelical Alliance we have been running a series of Webinars in the lead up to the conference. They have highlighted many of the topics we will discuss including the nature of the problem and possible strength-based solutions; the positives and negatives that business play; a theology of giving and financing; and coming soon a focus on God’s vision for our world, this wonderful word shalom.
We have recently made the decision to move the conference to August Livingstone, Zambia. This is in part due to the current conflict in neighboring Ukraine. However, because of the conflict we were prompted to think of the appropriateness of holding the conference in a city directly affected by the very issues we are exploring. The conference is not an end in itself but the beginning of an ongoing process. Our hope is that the relationships you form during the conference will mature into new partnerships and collaborations. We are keen to stay connected with you and collect the stories of what you are doing as a result of the conference.
To create an ongoing process that allows the development of solid life giving relationships between community development practitioners and funders
To bring strength based community development and business together to create a flourishing future globally
Model approaches to investment that empowers and benefits the whole of community
Advocate for a holistic approach to development that includes economics but doesn't centre on it
Andre is an international speaker, facilitator and practitioner in community development.More About Me
Andre is an international speaker, facilitator and practitioner in community development. He is a practical theologian, co-founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Building Better Community and Co-Director of the International Council of Faiths for Urbanism. He has extensive experience working alongside local governments, schools, faith groups and the not for profit sector. Andre’s first book, Building Communities of the Kingdom, explores community development from a Christian perspective. He holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Divinity and his PhD work focuses on the concept of Shalom as a model for flourishing communities. Andre brings expertise in uncovering the strengths and assets of a community and delights in up-ending traditional needs-based approaches which are well-meaning but inevitably flawed.Close
Psychologist, Master in Social Innovation and NLP. Coordinator of social projects in different community development organizations as Pablo Besson Association.More About Me
"Psychologist, Master in Social Innovation and NLP. Coordinator of social projects in different community development organizations as Pablo Besson Association. Extensive experience in clinical and social intervention, focusing on gender and Human Rights. Experience implementing projects related to social prevention and comprehensive care in Latin American countries. Promoter of the creation of powerful spaces for network transformation, which support practical and sustained actions in vulnerable communities with different tools that respond to the needs of the communities. "Close
Working as Regional Director for Asia with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) IT CommissionMore About Me
"Working as Regional Director for Asia with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) IT Commission, Sharoon Sarfraz is responsible to serve the IT Needs of more than 20 National Alliances in Asia. He is directly dealing with the National Alliance leaders, WEA Regional and Global Leadership. In this Role, he has taken the lead to ensure the extensive use of technology to reach the unreached, ensuring coordination and collaboration with other networks for the formation of fellowship of Technical professionals to glorify His name. He is also serving on the Board of Lausanne Movement Technology Advisory Group, Board of AFCI International in Pakistan and Evangelical Alliance of Pakistan. "Close
Timo Plutschinski (45), an evangelical theologian, is Director of the World Evangelical Alliance´s Business Coalition and member of the Wider WEA Leadership.More About Me
Timo Plutschinski (45), an evangelical theologian, is Director of the World Evangelical Alliance´s Business Coalition and member of the Wider WEA Leadership. He furthermore serves as Pastor of a Baptist Church in Hamburg and as a fellow at the Olivet Institute for Global Strategic Studies. Thirdly he is partner of MIC Corporate Finances which provides, inter alia, a global M&A platform. Timo lives with his wife Gardis and their two daughters in Hamburg/Germany and has published 2 books in German language about “Faith in Daily Business Life"" and “Political Responsibility of Christians”Close
CEO of a Christian NGO for 19 years doing youth work, community work and social enterprise in various deprived communities in the UK.More About Me
CEO of a Christian NGO for 19 years doing youth work, community work and social enterprise in various deprived communities in the UK. Developed community building approaches using an asset based community development approach including in the community he intentionally moved into. Now works alongside communities, churches, organisations and institutions who want to adopt an ABCD approach and is an associate of Nurture Development, an internationally recognised consultancy in this field. Provides training, coaching and lecturing as well as continuing to 'walk the walk' in his own community. Has a Masters in Community Education from DeMontfort University and another Masters in Theology from Kings College, London. Lives with his wife, two daughters and various foster children.Close
Emily J Choge Kerama (Ph.D, Fuller) in Christian Ethics, an Associate Professor at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, a theologian, a researcher and a motivational international speaker.More About Me
Emily J Choge Kerama (Ph.D, Fuller) in Christian Ethics, an Associate Professor at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya, a theologian, a researcher and a motivational international speaker. Chair PostGraduate Committee, representative in Extension and Outreach Programs of the University. Is involved in Uasin Gishu Children’s FORUM, an organization that works with vulnerable children in Uasin Gishu County, Kenya. A founder Member African Christian Initiation Program (ACIP) helping young people to transition from childhood to adulthood without falling into ravages of HIV/AIDS and drug abuse. Member of the Uasin Gishu County Education Board representing the interests of vulnerable children. Married to Isaya Kerama and member of Alasiri, SDA church, Eldoret. Has physical disability on her left leg, using prosthesis to move around fairly well and has served as chair of the Bethany Kids Advisory board, an organization that provides surgical procedures for children with physical disabilities. Patron of Moi University Disability Club.Close
Oreste is employed as a Community Development practitioner in Melbourne, Australia and also volunteers with the Centre for Building Better Community.More About Me
Oreste is employed as a Community Development practitioner in Melbourne, Australia and also volunteers with the Centre for Building Better Community. He has experience with faith-based organisations, having been employed as a Senior Minister of a Community Church and is a qualified accountant formerly working as a finance professional in the not-for-profit and public sectors. This background enables Oreste to appreciate the importance of a compelling common vision, good relationships and strategic alignment between funding organisations, businesses and development practitioners to bring about an empowered society that is inclusive, accessible and allows every person the opportunity to participate and flourish.Close
1. Stating the problemNov 14, 2021
2. How can business have got it so right and so wrongJan 26, 2022
3. Whose world is it?18 March 2022
Development and finance in the majority of the world need to be re-thought. Communities are full of people with amazing gifts, skills, abilities, and perspectives, yet believe they are poor. Old models of funders providing finances for wells, schools, other infrastructure, and a plethora of development stimuli, have often left these communities dependent and disempowered.
These four themes explore different aspects of this conversation and provide an opportunity for you to engage with our thinking in the lead up to the Create Conference 2023 20th-24th August Livingstone, Zambia . Each podcast has some input from people directly affected by the theme and will be discussed in further detail at the conference.
You are invited to explore each topic and begin to formulate your thoughts and contributions to the whole conversation of community development, business and the creation of a flourishing world.