Interchange workshop program



Interchange workshops are designed to be involving and informative.  They integrate skills and understanding by addressing a combination of skills, processes, concepts and models.  For participants who wish it, they provide opportunities to practise and receive supportive feedback.

Special noteIn response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2022 there will instead be a series of webinar programs.

The facilitator for workshops and webinars is Bob Dick.  The venue for Brisbane workshops, when they resume, will be as before -- Walkabout Creek conference centre, 60 Mt Nebo Road The Gap, a beautiful conference centre in a bushland setting.  You can participate in webinars from the convenience and comfort of your office, workplace or home.

The fee for each of the four 2-day public Brisbane workshops in the Interchange program, when they resume, is $770* per participant (in Australian dollars, GST included).
There are attractive early bird rates for early payment. Generous discounts may also be available for groups of two or more participants from one organisation.

The fee for a 4-session webinar is $550, again with generous discounts or other special arrangements for early payment and for teams from one organisation.

* Note that for workshops offered jointly with other facilitators, or interstate, fees vary

If you are genuinely unable to afford the workshop or webinar fee, and are keen to attend, enquiry about a possible half-price bursary, or other arrangements.  For reduced rates (or special deals) for teams from one organisation, also enquire.

Typically the Interchange workshop program includes four workshops or webinar programs.  Three regular topics are offered almost every year.  The topic of the first workshop or webinar may vary from time to time. In 2022, five webinars are offered.  Note that the second of them, in April, has different times and fee structure.  So does the briefer August program.

Other workshops or webinars may be added to this program if there is sufficient interest.  If you prefer, in-house workshops or webinars on these and other topics can be designed and facilitated to meet the specific needs of your organisation or community.

You can access more details by clicking on the topic name below.

Rethinking leadership

Organisations increasingly find it challenging to respond quickly enough to accelerating rates of change.  Fortunately, there are strategies available to increase team and organisational responsiveness and flexibility.  Team leaders can adopt a more facilitative style, engaging team members in worthwhile and satisfying responsibilities.  Leadership can be shared.  This workshop explores the relevant skills, processes, concepts and structures.
The workshop has been temporarily postponed.  It will be rescheduled when the pandemic situation is clearer.

The webinar is on 1, 8, 15, 22 March, 6:30-8:30pm (Brisbane time).  See details here.

Awakening to shifts

With Andrew Rixon.  An experiential 4 week online program that will help participants learn how to leverage the power of reflective practices.
Being effective and successful in the future will see us working to create heuristics and 'short-cuts' for how we engage in practices that are both simple and complex.  These shortcuts - termed 'Default Routines' - become particularly present in times of high stress and pressure.  Ironically these practices that have grown out of our own successes, while valuable, can also be at the heart of dysfunction and problematic behaviours.  We will explore how to maintain their value, while making them safe.

The webinar is on 5, 12, 19, 26 April, 7:30-9:30pm (Brisbane time).  See details here.

Foundations of facilitation

Foundation skills, concepts and processes for designing and facilitating group activities for change, learning, meetings, and decision making.
This workshop has been postponed, waiting on clarity about the development of the COVID-19 virus.

The webinar is 3, 10, 17, 24 May.  See details here.

Advanced facilitation

For the further development of facilitation skills, processes and concepts in group facilitation. The concepts and processes can be applied to the facilitation of learning, change, meetings, and decision-making. Attention is given to wicked problems and large or difficult groups.
This workshop has been postponed, waiting on clarity about the development of the COVID-19 virus.

The webinar is 5, 12, 19, 26 July.  See details here.

Mutual learning

A program of two and a half webinars on building mutual learning into relationships ...
for coaches and mentors ...
and for others (like teams and team leaders) who wish to create a joyful and productive atmosphere of mutual learning in all that they do with others.
In particular, the program offers ways of reducing the bias in information when key players are not present to speak for themselves.

The webinar is 9, 16, 23 August.  See details here.
The 9 August component is a free one-hour introductory webinar that anyone may register to attend.  The fee for the full program is $220.

Action learning

Implementing change and developing leadership and problem solving skills through the use of projects.  Learn how to set up a program of multiple projects to achieve leadership development and cultural change.
This workshop has been postponed, waiting on clarity about the development of the COVID-19 virus.

The webinar is 6, 13, 20, 27 September. See details here.

Other possible workshop programs (some very tentative)

In addition to the Interchange program, a number of other topics have been offered in the past or are (very tentatively) planned.  Some may be reactivated again in the future if there is interest, and subject to the progress of the pandemic. It may be possible to offer some as a webinar series.

Beyond constructive dissent

With Chris Patty.  A two-day experiential workshop using an integrated combination of action methods with actionable and practical models and processes.  We'll explore how to make diversity, difference and disagreement a benefit rather than a liability.  We'll consider how to model good relationships and interactions that will in turn influence others and the wider culture.
This workshop has been postponed, waiting on clarity about the development of the COVID-19 virus.  We may design a webinar or webinar program for later in 2022 or 2023.

Shared leadership (tentative title)

With Martin Butcher.  A two-day workshop on ways of moving to a shared leadership culture in an organisation.  The emphasis will be on practical ways of achieving both enjoyment and performance.
Contact me ( for more details.

Kickstarting change that lasts

With Andrew Rixon.  An occasional two-day experiential workshop on how to achieve more effective and sustainable change by combining and integrating Open Space Technology and action learning.
Contact me ( for more details.

Real men don't plan

With Mary Maher.  An occasional one-day workshop for men facing, or wishing to plan or prepare for, changes in their life.
Contact Mary Maher for details.

In-house program

We don't currently plan to offer the following as public workshops in 2021.  However, they can be made available within organisations and communities, tailored to your requirements. Again, click on the workshop title for details.

Action research

For many people action research is an attitude and mindset that allows spontaneity and resilience in unsettled or confusing situations.  For others it's a research methodology that allows change to be researched and pursued at the same time.  We'll address both approaches.  
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Collaborative performance improvement

How to design and implement a performance improvement process that people will actually like, and find valuable.  The emphasis is on a collaborative and blame-free approach that benefits all parties.  It can be applied within pairs (such as team leader and team member) or to a self-managed team.
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Community and organisational change

Skills, models, concepts and processes for participatory change in community and organisational settings.  The workshop will cover the important entry phase, the engagement of participants in planning, and ways of enhancing the likelihood of action.
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Culture, story and change

The use of story (whether traditional, created or elicited) for individual, group and system diagnosis, development and change
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Experiential learning

The design and facilitation of processes for experiential learning, integrating theory and practice in involving ways
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Participative evaluation

The Snyder evaluation process, which combines outcome, process and short-cycle evaluation
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

Organisational resilience

Practical principles from foresight, complexity, resilience, and high reliability are applied to dealing more effectively with unexpected opportunities and crises and learning from them.
Available in-house.  Otherwise not offered as a public workshop in 2021.

What else?

We would be pleased to consult with you about a workshop or webinar program for you.  We would design and present it, probably within your organisation, to meet your particular needs.

Interchange   37 Burbong Street  Chapel Hill  Queensland  4069    Australia
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