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 innovations16 May 2012Rick Llewellyn 
2. The science of innovation: evidence based methods to drive creative thinking4 Jul 2012Amantha Imber 
3. Designing effective surveys in three easy steps14 Aug 2012Jeff Coutts 
4. Using online tools to engage the public18 Sep 2012Matt Leighninger 
5. Who gives a twit about Twitter?30 Oct 2012Cynthia Mahoney 
6. The seven secrets of good monitoring and evaluation19 Mar 2013Jess Dart 
7. Facilitation tips and tricks for newbies21 May 2013Viv McWaters 
8. Designing projects for practice change and measuring impact9 Jul 2013Kate Sargeant 
9. Using an innovation systems approach to achieve remarkable change19 Sep 2013Laurens Klerkx 
10. Using LinkedIn to your advantage23 Oct 2013Ian Kininmonth, Gerard Byrne, Lisa Morell 
11. Using community-based social marketing to enable behaviour change29 Oct 2013Doug McKenzie-Mohr 
12. Using webinars to enable change6 Nov 2013John James 
13. AACREA…. a highly effective Argentine approach to enabling change28 Nov 2013Richard Wakelin, Ian Plowman 
14. Navigating the app development minefield19 Mar 2014Tom McCue 
15. Using Google’s free products to enable change4 Jun 2014Pru Cook 
16. Managing an effective change project6 Aug 2014Peter Hanrahan 
17. The psychology of denial and our responses to climate change6 Nov 2014Zoe Leviston 
18. Seven secrets for successfully marketing your next event25 Feb 2015Andrew Huffer 
19. The neuroscience of change29 Jul 2015Fiona Kerr 
20. Using the Diffusion of innovations theory to improve change18 Aug 2015Les Robinson 
21. Confessions of a MOOC developer and presenter13 Oct 2015David Pannell 
22. Using mind maps to reduce stress and unleash creativity19 Nov 2015Jennifer Goddard