“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
Background

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 a community can be a place of flourishing

Where 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
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.

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.

Transformation

We value practice that challenges ourselves and others to grow as part of the process of changing their communities and cities.

Place Making

We value learning from and working with others on their journey of co-creating spaces and places that reflect their desire for flourishing environments.

Empowerment

We value a collaborative approach that draws out the strengths of individuals and communities as they work towards the shared goal of creating environments where all can flourish.

Integrity

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

We're passionate about helping you make a difference

Thought Leadership and Networking

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.

Education, Training and Research

CBBC provides a range of learning opportunities, through seminars, mentoring and learning communities, workshops, and gatherings. The centre also carries out research into domestic and global issues that affect our communities.

Consultancy

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.

Media and Communications

The CBBC media arm contributes to social media, publications, podcasts, and videos to communicate the latest research and ideas on developing flourishing communities.

Read more
Who we've worked with

Get in touch

Thanks, your submission has been received! We'll be in touch soon.
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Call us
+61 497 925 722
Find us
597 Burwood Road
Hawthorn VICTORIA 3122
Find us on
Book tickets to our latest events with