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A Regenerative Tourism Living Lab

Insights and reflections on the design and implementation of a community-led, place-based approach to hosting visitors and delivering positive impact. A retrospective on the Flinders Island Journey.

Starts September 2024

Be notified when enrolments are open!

All proceeds from this course will be donated to the Furneaux Collective, a newly formed social enterprise which will steward the next phase in this regenerative journey.

Stories of active hope course

Flinders Island's story of regenerative development told by the Islanders themselves 

In collaboration with the Furneaux Collective, this course explores the triggers, the process and the implementation of the regenerative tourism living lab on Flinders Island.

The story of innovation often gets told by folk from away. This course presents a unique opportunity to explore the regenerative tourism journey of Flinders Island, to hear the community reflect on their journey, and to get insights straight from the source.

This course will be useful for any organisation, community group, local government, or place based organisation interested in adopting a regenerative approach. It is an opportunity to learn directly from the community, discuss the benefits and challenges in an open and genuine dialogue.

Enrolments open soon.

Course starts September 2024

Flinders Island Food Network

One of the sub-projects emerging from the islander Way project was a food network aimed at addressing food security concerns.  Hear the story directly from one of the network co-hosts.

Course Description

A 5 week online course that introduces the regenerative approach adopted on Flinders Island. From the outset, the ambition was always to work through the community to co-create a new approach to tourism. It was a big dream, and the journey is on-going. The approach needed to respect the community, address the Island community's most pressing challenges, and leave a positive impact on people, place and nature.

Topics that will be covered

  • Explore the approach to regenerative development

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities of working through community

  • Reflect on working 'in' and 'on' the system to pursue change

  • Who are the allies and champions, the caregivers and the resistance and how to manage them

  • Redesigning local economies, social enterprise and community collectives

  • Understand the long game: What was achieved and what lies ahead​


What to expect

  • Explore with the Flinders Island community members on their journey

  • Active participation in reflective discussions 

  • Insights into what worked, didn't work and why

  • Get an insight into what it takes to design, implement and steward regenerative change.

If you are unable to attend the live sessions. the recordings of these sessions will be available via the Tourism CoLab's Communiversity.


Your Instructors


Sammi Gowthorp

Ex-officio, Furneaux Collective
Comunity development, Flinders Council 

Sammi is a creative thinker and innovator with extensive experience in bringing communities together. As the Community Coordinator at Flinders Council and an ex-officio member of the Furneaux Collective, she plays a pivotal role in supporting initiatives that showcase the unique cultural and creative landscape of the Flinders Island community. Her involvement in the Islander Way project is marked by a commitment to not just think outside the box but to reimagine it, blending artistic vision with practical insights.

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Dianne Dredge

Director, The Tourism CoLab
Co-Director, Designing Tourism

Dianne Dredge (PhD) is a systems thinker, community builder and regenerative development practitioner. While she has given policy advice to the European Commission and the OECD, and was a professor of regional development and tourism policy in another life, she finds herself at home with diverse, eclectic and creative communities. Lived experience, local knowledge and connection to place provide the grass roots connection to what really matters. 


Q. When does the course start and finish?


The course will commence on the above date. The schedule may be subject to change. Every attempt is made to be as flexible as possible to account for public holidays and seasonal holidays. Working across timezones can be tricky so we ask participants to recognize these challenges. In almost all cases, sessions will be recorded and available for viewing later.


Upon signing up you will receive access to the Community CoLab learning platform hosted on Circle. 

Q. How is the course run?


Our Community of Practice, known as the 'CoLab Community', is the platform where you will find recordings of the live sessions in case you miss them. We encourage co-learning across the cohort and with other members of the Colab Community, so make sure you introduce yourself and engage in the community.


Q. Are there any live webinars?


Yes. There are live sessions based on the schedule provided at the beginning of the journey. 


Q. How long do I have access to the course?


After enrolling, you have access to this course for 6 months, or until further notice.


Q. What if I am unhappy with the course?


We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 7 days and we will give you a full refund.


Q. Will the course be offered at a later date?


Yes. The course may be offered again (no guarantees) and pricing may change. Email us at any time if you have questions.

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