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Masterclass Melbourne – A new era for local economic development: Community Wealth Building

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In the face of an evolving climate and economic crisis, we need to reshape our local economies for people, place and planet. This masterclass held in Sydney and Melbourne explores and teaches practical actions on how this can be done.

Offering an exciting new model and practice to economic development, Community Wealth Building (CWB) is fast growing in many places across the world, including the USA, Europe, the UK and now Australia. Focusing on a rewiring of wealth and investment, CWB seeks to build an economy that is inclusive, resilient and just.

About the course

Delivered by Neil McInroy and Patrick Fensham. Neil is the key originator and global leader for CWB and will be a keynote speaker at the National Economic Development Conference on 14 October 2022 in Sydney, where he will be leading the discussion around how we can apply new economic policy and practice for people, place and planet in his talk "Economic Development in an Age of Crises". Patrick is one of Australia’s main advocates of CWB and an experienced strategic planner and economic development professional. Both are skilled masterclass and workshop facilitators with many collective years of experience and knowledge.

The course will:
  • Explore the prevailing challenges our places face and how CWB meets them
  • Introduce the conceptual underpinning of CWB
  • Explain the CWB model and its five pillars
  • Guide you through the action planning process, equipping you with the know-how and skills to get you started
  • Provide you with case studies from around the world.
Who should attend?

This Masterclass is designed for economic development and strategy professionals in local government, state government or large anchor institutions such as universities or hospitals with a focus on building inclusive and resilient places, communities and economies.

This Masterclass is being held following the National Economic Development Conference and provides an opportunity for Economic Development Australia members to extend discussions from the conference with more in-depth learning and application to their local areas.

EDA members with Australian Certified Economic Developer (ACEcD) status will receive 2.5 CPD points.

  • Upskill on new models of economic development
  • Test ideas for their local places
  • Build an economy that is inclusive, resilient and just
  • Get equipped with knowledge, ideas and action planning framework


    The fee for attendance is $950 plus GST.

    We are pleased, in partnership with Economic Development Australia, to offer a discounted rate of $800 plus GST for EDA members.

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