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Guest lecture

Reducing Child Vulnerability: The Power of Transformational Relationship

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Our primary hunger for relationship presents a profound opportunity for service innovation in the reduction of child vulnerability. Parents are the dominant influencers, positively or negatively, on a child's developmental environment. In the healthiest contexts they enable children to reach their potential – to become fully human, fully humane. Isolating behaviours from the context of relationship comes at considerable financial and human cost.

Greg Fleming, CEO of The Parenting Place, will explore the barriers to engaging hard-to-reach parents, and the compelling new science that inspires a fresh approach. He will also highlight three distinctives of effective community initiatives, sharing moving stories of whanau transformation emerging from a range of socially innovative contexts.

About Greg Fleming

Greg Fleming is the CEO of The Parenting Place and has over 20 years of leadership experience in the not for profit sector. After qualifying as a chartered accountant, Greg worked in accountancy and marketing in London. Upon returning to New Zealand, he was appointed General Manager of The Parenting Place from 1997 to 2001. He then co-founded and was CEO of Maxim Institute for 12 years, a public policy think tank which has researched a range of issues including taxation, education, justice and welfare. Following this he was CEO of the Venn Foundation which he co-founded to provide unique educational opportunities for young adults keen to be involved in social innovation. Greg is also Founding and Executive Chair of Te Whakaora Tangata, an organisation providing relationship mentoring and practical support to hundreds of vulnerable families. In 2015 Greg returned to The Parenting Place to take the helm as CEO. He was honoured with a Sir Peter Blake Trust Emerging Leader Award in 2005. Greg is married to Kirstin and they have five children.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Thursday, 27 October 2016