Our Workspace

MDC’s preferred work space is at systems-level where impact includes addressing community, organizational, public and non-government leaders attitudes, values and practices to support them to clarify and deliver shared results.

We help the system to develop a shared future and in that process,  values, attitudes and practices maybe challenged. This brings discipline and efficiency and helps create and ride the waves of momentum as the system adapts to change. MDC supports all parts of the system to build capacity and skills for decisions to be sustained and move the system to its next generation.

We address complexities with careful listening, name the elephant(s) in the room, critically examine data, and use facilitation tools and levers for impactful and efficient advances on problem-solving. This means MDC does consensus building and collaboration where possible and advice on direct intervention  when necessary.

Coaching leaders with results for individuals, organisations, communities and systems is offered by MDC with a particular focus in non-government organisations and multi-stakeholder collaborations.

Recent Clients

Junction Australia has engaged MDC to support decision-making and planning for tender development and team-building.

Supporting the national early childhood development initiative Opportunity Child, MDC has been involved in supporting the scaling up in partner communities, documenting learning and co-creating pathways for results.

Community engagement on Carbon Neutral Adelaide in association with Strategic Matters on behalf of City of Adelaide and State Government of SA (DEWNR)

Supporting Attorney-General’s Department SA Government with facilitation services linked to Nyland Royal Commission, and Domestic Violence Discussion Paper. This work is in association with Kate Simpson.

Conversations for Older South Australians was a project commissioned by the Office for the Ageing building capacity as well as consulting South Australians on the kind of future they want in their older years.

Further information is available on request on past and present clients.

tsalogo  Supporting strategic communications, events, facilitation, business and project development. Coaching community leaders and facilitating to develop pathway for Together in the South collective impact initiative.

pl_headerBanner02   Consultation design, event support and social media promotion and engagement of future visioning project in association with the Local Government Association of SA. See final Report Tomorrow’s Libraries.

dpc Providing occasional independent advice and information on a range of democracy and citizen engagement processes and resources, including providing advice into Reforming Democracy and supporting Better Together resource development.


Strategic communications and campaigning advice and design, project and event management, social media presence management and advice.

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Renewal of carer participation in decision-making processes and annual customer satisfaction survey for staff, volunteers and carers.

Provided business modelling advice to directors and supporting strategic planning.iandixon

Lutheran Community Care

Since 2014 working with leadership team and CEO to discern pathways for sustainability and leadership in a volatile funding environment. Supporting staff development days with improvised story telling to review practices, celebrate and reflect.

Uniting ommunities

During 2014 supported developing future scenarios for senior staff to explore possible futures for community services. Developed materials to assist with public media campaign to amplify research results.


Facilitated sessions with students between 13 -18 from over twenty schools on what advice they wanted to give departmental leaders on the issues impacting on them for the future as part of Statewide planning for education in 2013.

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Facilitated two Think Tanks in 2013: One on how to influence the issues around alcohol-fueled violence for the Australian Hotels Association | SA and one commissioned by the Department of Premier and Cabinet on the Future of Community Engagement. Read testimonials from these two Think Tanks on the Leaders Institute website.

ST Vinnies

Vinnies recognised changing volunteering behaviour was impacting on their services and wanted to be proactive. With supporting research and consultation a series of sessions delivered the confidence for the leadership team to take the next step.

We have extensive strategic and operational experience in the not-for-profit sector and in government at state, regional, national and international levels.