“There comes a point where we need to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they’re falling in.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Our inspiration

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities. Australia is not immune to the effects of growing urban populations.  This growth is both a huge challenge and tremendous opportunity for communities right across Australia and beyond. Will our communities be places of hope?

Archbishop Tutu’s words resonate for the future of our communities. As physical and social infrastructure develops, well researched, proactive responses and holistic, system-focused solutions are needed to help individuals and communities flourish.

Movement towards the type of community we want to live in has never been more urgent.

To help address these needs experts in the built environment, community development, leadership, and culture have come together to share knowledge, skills, ideas, and resources, to establish a new, specialised entity: The Centre for Building Better Community.

Who we are

About us

The centre is a group of thinkers, practitioners, and leaders who are working together to shape responses to community issues that enable everyone to thrive and flourish. As a group of ‘pracademics’ (reflective practitioners and thinkers), we are committed to the goal of flourishing communities. 

Bringing together research and training; thought leadership and networking; media and consultancy the centre has the goal of working in partnership with others to create positive communities where people's wellbeing is at the centre. CBBC includes people with knowledge and skills in urban planning, architecture, community development and social planning, arts, culture, and leadership development. Bringing these skills and perspective together gives the centre a unique blend of expertise to address blocks to flourishing in both physical and social infrastructure.

Our vision

We see a world where individuals and their communities flourish

A world where the Flourishing Framework® is embedded into every aspect of community life so that everyone has
Their basic needs met
The opportunity to live a purposeful life
A sense of belonging to place and to others
The ability to contribute
The opportunity to lament and celebrate
A growing connection to meaning or spirituality
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Our values

Our Philosophy of Practice

Holistic Collaboration

We value working across disciplines and with people from different life perspectives and experiences. We encourage people to be open to ideas and to listen, bringing together seemingly divergent thinking to create effective solutions to community issues.

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Empowerment & Regeneration

We value an approach that draws out the strengths of individuals and communities and challenges ourselves and others to grow as part of the process of changing their communities and cities, as they work towards the shared goal of creating environments where all can flourish.

Reflective Practice (Pracademics)

We value the importance of being reflective practitioners who excel in their field and take the time to reflect on practice and learning within and across disciplines.


We value transparent character and honest conversations. In everything we do we aim to embody and model the flourishing that we seek for communities.

Our people

Working with you

We're passionate about helping you make a difference

Education and Training

CBBC provides a range of learning opportunities, through seminars, mentoring and learning communities, workshops, and gatherings.

Research and Thought Leadership

The centre acts as a hub, seeking to bring together practitioners, academics, leaders and other interested people for conversations and action that will help in the development of flourishing communities.

Consultancy and Advisory Services

Through CBBC's in-house expertise the centre is able to offer in-depth and diverse knowledge to reach meaningful outcomes that will benefit all your stakeholders.

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Who we've worked with

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Ascot Vale VICTORIA 3032
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The Centre for Building Better Community acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community.
We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.