Australia is facing a long recovery road ahead in the wake of bushfires of an unprecedented scale. Community and business leaders will play a vital role in the recovery of their communities. In Northern Victoria, the Alpine Valleys Community Leaders Program recognised this early and with support from Bushfire Recovery Victoria, invited Jolie Wills (Hummingly co-founder and director) over to run a workshop with leaders from fire-impacted communities. In the weeks, months, and years to come fire-affected residents and leaders will face many critical decisions under prolonged pressure. Leaders left with an understanding of the challenges and decisions ahead. Each took away tools, including a set of the Cards for Calamity to support community connection, conversation and collective decision-making.
Hummingly’s Doing Well Cards feature in a book of innovations published by Virgin Unite 100% Human at Work initiative.
Hummingly’s work with Ravensdown has recently received international attention in a book featuring innovations that are preparing workforces for the future of work. The case study highlights how the Doing Well Cards programme provides the tools and strategies to cope, adapt and thrive in an increasingly complex and uncertain environment. The case study is ‘next practice’ in strengthening resilience, wellbeing and performance.
The Doing Well Cards system has been working hard for the fantastic people at Ravensdown. The pressure on their customer-facing staff was increasing, largely as a result of the changing world of agriculture and the need to help farmers with the strain of shifting weather patterns, legislation and public perception.
We co-designed resilience and wellbeing training for their people – the Doing Well cards is a popular part of the training when advice gets real and practical. It has really helped their teams put practices in place for themselves so that they’re in a good space to be effective in their role and effective in their life outside work.
“I only wish I’d had this training years ago.” - Ravensdown team member.
Over the last twelve months, we’ve been working with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria Government), Country Fire Authority and Parks Victoria. Their teams are all hard at work either helping communities prepare for and/or recover from bushfire or building their knowledge and understanding of recovery so they are best placed to work with communities when disaster strikes. Workshops have included working well with disaster-affected people, recovery leadership and workforce wellbeing and resilience.
Hummingly presents a Masterclass on Wellbeing & Performance for Virgin Unite.
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite group has gathered business leaders from around the world as part of the 100% Human at Work initiative. The initiative focuses on how workplaces can help people achieve their highest potential and purpose. Recently Hummingly ran a Masterclass in Sydney to demonstrate the link between wellbeing and performance, and to share the science and super practical tools to be and do well through stress and uncertainty – an essential part of preparing workforces and organisations for the future of work.
Disastrous Dinner with a Difference
Australasian Women in Emergencies Network – Melbourne
A disastrous dinner with a difference is a curated conversation dinner using the Cards for Calamity.
Elizabeth and Jolie were keynote speakers at the recent AWE network gathering in Victoria. This network is so vital to provide support and mentoring to women working and volunteering in emergency management, especially as Australia faces one of the worst fire seasons on record. The pair shared their personal leadership learnings, followed by a curated conversation dinner using the Cards for Calamity – the cards are packed full of wisdom from countless people who’ve had the tough task of piecing life together after disaster.
Elizabeth McNaughton & Jolie Wills, Hummingly’s co-founders, lead New Zealand’s chapter of the Australasian Women in Emergencies (AWE) Network.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria Government) have recognised the importance of supporting the wellbeing of their staff, particularly those facing the challenges of working in disaster recovery. We were able to bring our research and experience in this area to help them create and launch a wellbeing resource hub. that the hub has been well received and we’re excited that the DELWP team were recognised at the Living the Values awards - a fitting tribute to their work and dedication in supporting their people.
The cathedral of Manila has been rebuilt after earthquakes multiple times through history. Manila is just one city of many in the Asia-Pacific region where Red Cross are working to build urban resilience.
McNaughton & Wills facilitated an urban resilience think tank in Manila
for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies with representatives from across the region. Following the Think Tank, the team drafted an Urban Resilience Strategic Roadmap for the Asia-Pacific region.
Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit Queensland and New South Wales of Australia hard in 2017. Australian Red Cross ran two-year recovery programmes in both states following the cyclone. We were commissioned to conduct an independent evaluation of the Australian Red Cross Cyclone Debbie recovery program, visiting cyclone-impacted communities across both states.
“Youth leaders from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga attended a workshop to guide the development of a strategy for the Anglican Church in Polynesia to better prepare for and respond to the impact of climate change. The workshop produced a mountain of information. At very short notice, McNaughton Wills stepped in, synthesised the information and came out with a short and sharp Strategy which has been one of the pivotal documents leading to the recent decision by the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to create a new Climate Commissioner role. This is an exciting, far-reaching and innovative decision. McNaughton & Wills brought significant expertise and flair to this project. I highly recommend”.
- Michael Hartfield – Operations and Projects Manager, Anglican Missions.