5B is an Australian cleantech company developing technology to accelerate the global move to a clean energy future. After securing a $12M Series A capital raise, 5B began its most extensive growth to date.
Engage2 was commissioned to engage staff, and embed democratic processes and feedback loops for staff to contribute as the company grows. A key part of this process was engaging staff in the co-creation and co-delivery of 5B’s strategic plan.
To encourage and enable staff participation, Engage2 used a combination of digital and face-to-face engagement methods. This included working with Stanford University’s Crowdsourced Democracy team to utilise their participatory budgeting platform using knapsack voting, and coordinating hybrid in-person and virtual events to include 5B’s remote and overseas team. As part of this process, Engage2 also developed a suite of provocative communication materials, and facilitated a set of five strategic planning events with staff and executives, resulting in the creation of engagement protocols for future All Staff meetings.
Staff engagement increased throughout the process, with 79% of staff participating the survey, 71% in the facilitated ideation stage, and 84% voting in the participatory budgeting stage.
Through the engagement process, 5B staff successfully:
Final outputs of the engagement process included an engagement strategy and report, participatory budgeting outcomes, protocols for future all-staff and strategic planning events, the recruitment of a People and Culture Lead to maintain engagement and ensure staff representation at executive meetings, and the formation of two staff-led working groups.
Working with Engage2 was deeply rewarding and left a lasting impact on 5B. Thank you to Amelia and the team!
Nicole Kuepper-Russell, Chief Strategy Officer
We’ve always aimed to have an inclusive culture at 5B, but haven’t always known how to cultivate one. Engage2 has helped us put our aspirations into actions and ensure that as our team grows and we all get pulled into several directions, we stay connected and foster an environment where everyone’s voice is heard. Thanks so much to the Engage2 team – we hope to have you back soon!
Rob Ludwick, Head of Business Development
Amelia did a great job facilitating the process. It was fun, inclusive and easy to engage with. Overall, I think it was a very useful exercise to go through to gain a better understanding of everyone’s values and opinions throughout the organisation.
Anna Wojtasinska, Project Admin Officer
For over 15 years, Amelia Loye has been helping governments and organisations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada understand communities and engage stakeholders in the design and delivery of policy, programs and services.
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Strategic Planning and Staff Engagement
Stanford University Crowdsourced Democracy Team