Project Initiation

If you need to bring in diverse thinkers to challenge the status quo, we can be part of your design team for the short and long term.

Dorenda facilitated a strategy day for our Board to help us come to grips with our strategic direction and purpose. She challenged our thinking and sometimes got us out of our comfort zones – all of which enabled us to ultimately agree on a NZYF purpose we could all connect and relate too. An incredibly worthwhile exercise!

— Lynda Coppersmith | NZ Young Farmers

Dorenda Britten Consulting services

About Project Initiation

Leading on from the Farmlands project in 2020, I partnered with Rose Challies from the Terra Nova foundation to design a programme that would start to address farmer overwhelm. Farmlands research led us to believe that farmers feel demonized by the city and that addressing co-understanding between farm and city was the first step to creating lasting change. The pilot was conducted in Canterbury with funding from MPI and is continuing to look for national growth opportunities. Read more about the project here


Canterbury Tech Skills Pilot 

My long involvement in the tech sector led me to understand the tech sector’s urgent need for skilled people, during a time of global competition for talent. The tech sector itself has done considerable work to target culture and gender diversity but our project targets dyslexia as the most prevalent neurodiversity. The first part of a four-part pilot being conducted in Canterbury has been supported by MPI, Vodafone, and two technology entrepreneurs. The first stage of the pilot was focused on the discovery and worked with Canterbury-based companies Trimble, Phocas, and Inde in a co-design process attended by HR and dyslexic employees. That will deliver more understanding, support, and recruitment processes through Human Resource practice. The programme is being designed to operate nationally by 2025. Read more about the project here.

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