Episode 26: Learning from an experienced facilitator with Max Hardy


Max Hardy was one of the earliest adopters in Australia of deliberative methods such as citizens’ juries.

Currently, he is working primarily with local and state governments and government authorities.

After many years Max has retained his early enthusiasm for facilitating public deliberations, in particular collaborating with citizens in order to deal with complexity. Here Max shares some of the important lessons that he has learned over several decades.


Max Hardy (B Soc Science, ASS Dip Soc Wel, Cert Prac NLP, MIAP2) is one of Australia’s foremost experts in co-design and deliberative processes and has designed and facilitated over 40 deliberative panels since 1998. He regularly delivers workshops and masterclasses on deliberative processes at conferences and for the professional development programs.  Renowned internationally as a skilful facilitator, including virtual workshops, Max has developed innovative models for collaboration and community engagement, for which he has won numerous national and international awards.

Max Hardy specialises in collaborative governance, process and solution codesign, appreciative inquiry, strategic questioning, collective impact and designing, facilitating and evaluating deliberative community engagement processes.

In 2020 Max co-produced a self-paced training course titled Authentic Co-design, along with scientist Dr Anthony Boxshall (Science into Action) and engagement specialist Susan Carter (The Community Studio).

He co-facilitated Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament and facilitated a world café session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney.

As a Master Trainer for IAP2 Max co-designed and facilitated two training academies in 2006 and 2008, in Alberta Canada, and Edinburgh, UK respectively.

He has co-authored two books, presented papers at numerous international conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at The University of Melbourne and the University of Sydney.

Max is an IAP2 Ambassador, an associate of Collaboration for Impact and regular collaborator with the Tamarack Institute, Canada (Max delivered training in 5 Canadian cities through Tamarack Institute in 2019).

Recently Max delivered a Tedx talk titled ‘Questions Change Everything’.

To find out more about Max go to www.maxhardy.com.au .

Music acknowledgement.

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