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
Psychologist, Master in Social Innovation and NLP. Coordinator of social projects in different community development organizations as Pablo Besson Association.More About Me
Working as Regional Director for Asia with World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) IT CommissionMore 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.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.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.More About Me
Oreste is employed as a Community Development practitioner in Melbourne, Australia and also volunteers with the Centre for Building Better Community.More About Me
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.