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Live Ideas is about turning the ideas of community partners into collaborative projects with staff and students of Southern Cross University. Collaboration is at the heart of Live Ideas.

Live Ideas facilitates the connection between partner organisations and participants, but it does not manage the projects. Live Ideas projects are a direct collaboration by the partner organisation that submits the project and the participants that express an interest to join the project. The participants could be any combination of students and/or staff from Southern Cross University.

At all times the Live Ideas team is here to help. If you have any questions about Live Ideas, simply email the team.

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

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Tips for successful Live Ideas projects

We recommend that the first step in starting up a Live Ideas project is agreeing on the exact scope and outputs. The Live Ideas Collaboration Guide suggests a number of areas of the project that you need to clarify as a project team in order to maximise the likelihood of delivering a project that draws on strengths to create mutual benefit. We suggest you use this Guide as the basis for your first meeting in order to adequately plan your Live Ideas project.

  • Clear and reliable communication is key: make sure that you share the appropriate contact information and identify the best times and methods of communicating. Some people like email, others despise it. It's best to be upfront and clear on exactly how and when you will communicate in order to progress through the project.
  • Agree on what you expect to achieve: clear agreement on what you will produce through your project is critical. The more specific the better as this will minimise any possibility that there are expectations around the project that are not met. For example a 'report' comes in many shapes, colours, lengths, formats and types - be very clear about what you agree to be the project outputs.
  • What are the strengths and assets: it's important to harness the strengths, experience and confidence of the project team. This may require reconsidering the approach or scope of the project. Playing to people's strengths will really help to deliver a quality outcome that is of most benefit to the partner organisation.
  • Who is going to contribute what: being clear about the various roles and responsibilities in undertaking the project is a key part of developing shared expectations and understanding. It is an important conversation to have and equally important to be honest and realistic in the kinds of contributions that each team member commits to.