Rethinking Organisations

Supporting citizenship and community through organisations

‘A citizen is one who is willing to be accountable for and committed to the wellbeing of the whole. That whole can be a workplace, a community and nation or the earth. A citizen is one who produces the future, someone who does not wait, beg or dream for the future.’ 

Peter Block 

Rethinking organisations began as a project focused on the potential of organisations to support the active citizenship of people and communities. There is a growing community of organisations around the world exploring how they operate and organise themselves to really understand what it takes to help people thrive as citizens of our communities. 

There are a number of innovative interesting organisations who reject the notion that they are simply Support Providers who engage with consumers, but see themselves as community organisations who have a responsibility to work in a way that honours, respects and supports everyone’s citizenship – the people we support, people we employ and the communities in which we work. 

Over the last few years Rethinking Organisations who are supported by WAIS have led 4 projects that bring interested organisations together to connect to ideas, examples and share our learning. 

You can read a summary (pdf) of the program here.

Rethinking Organisations is keen to progress and share our learning in the following ways: 

2022 Current Projects

Avivo a Western Australian community organisation has been exploring how citizenship can provide a framework for how organisations can support and engage colleagues, people we support and communities. Find out more here: Avivo - Is citizenship our business? 

For further information contact Kate Fulton at:

Rethinking Orgs Australia (name to be confirmed) is a newly formed group of organisation who are working together to explore better ways of working to help people and communities thrive. 

For further information contact Rosie Lawn at:

Rethinking Organisations is a project that is currently hosted by Citizen Network Australia

Kate Fulton


Member of Citizen Network Osk

Rosie Lawn


Chair of Citizen Network Coop Supervisory Board

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