Enabling change and innovation webinar series

The Enabling change and innovation webinar series commenced in 2012 when the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries wanted to build the capabilities of the FutureBeef team of about 30 staff across Queensland, so they would be aware of new approaches and concepts around enabling change and innovation.

However we realised that it would be difficult to attract high calibre presenters with this small audience, so we opened it to a wider audience, thinking we might attract a few hundred across Australia. To our surprise we attracted over 2000 people almost 40  different countries (though mainly Australia, New Zealand and Canada).

A total of 22 topics were presented and we were privileged to hear from presenters across Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada. The topics have ranged from new approaches for enabling change (such as Community-Based Social Marketing and the Agricultural Innovation System approach) to monitoring and evaluation.  While many attended live so as to be able to ask their questions live, others were happy to watch the recordings later. One recording has been viewed over 25,000 times (The seven secrets of good monitoring and evaluation with Jess Dart).

A detailed meta-evaluation showed that the knowledge level of the attendees regarding the webinar topic moved from 4.7/10 to 7.2/10, a cumulative change of 25%. Their level of confidence to use the content moved from 4.6/10 to 6.8/10, a cumulative change of 22%. They rated their overall satisfaction with the content at 8.0/10, delivery at 8.4/10 and overall effectiveness of the events at 8.1/10, as detailed in this REIS journal article

The webinar series concluded in 2016 and the list of topics is shown below. You can still see all the webinar recordings over on YouTube

Webinar title
(click to watch on YouTube)
Date  Presenter/s   
1. Predicting and improving adoption of agricultural innovations 16 May 2012 Rick Llewellyn  
2. The science of innovation: evidence based methods to drive creative thinking 4 Jul 2012 Amantha Imber  
3. Designing effective surveys in three easy steps 14 Aug 2012 Jeff Coutts  
4. Using online tools to engage the public 18 Sep 2012 Matt Leighninger  
5. Who gives a twit about Twitter? 30 Oct 2012 Cynthia Mahoney  
6. The seven secrets of good monitoring and evaluation 19 Mar 2013 Jess Dart  
7. Facilitation tips and tricks for newbies 21 May 2013 Viv McWaters  
8. Designing projects for practice change and measuring impact 9 Jul 2013 Kate Sargeant  
9. Using an innovation systems approach to achieve remarkable change 19 Sep 2013 Laurens Klerkx  
10. Using LinkedIn to your advantage 23 Oct 2013 Ian Kininmonth, Gerard Byrne, Lisa Morell  
11. Using community-based social marketing to enable behaviour change 29 Oct 2013 Doug McKenzie-Mohr  
12. Using webinars to enable change 6 Nov 2013 John James  
13. AACREA…. a highly effective Argentine approach to enabling change 28 Nov 2013 Richard Wakelin, Ian Plowman  
14. Navigating the app development minefield 19 Mar 2014 Tom McCue  
15. Using Google’s free products to enable change 4 Jun 2014 Pru Cook  
16. Managing an effective change project 6 Aug 2014 Peter Hanrahan  
17. The psychology of denial and our responses to climate change 6 Nov 2014 Zoe Leviston  
18. Seven secrets for successfully marketing your next event 25 Feb 2015 Andrew Huffer  
19. The neuroscience of change 29 Jul 2015 Fiona Kerr  
20. Using the Diffusion of innovations theory to improve change 18 Aug 2015 Les Robinson  
21. Confessions of a MOOC developer and presenter 13 Oct 2015 David Pannell  
22. Using mind maps to reduce stress and unleash creativity 19 Nov 2015 Jennifer Goddard