Max Hardy is the founder and principal of Max Hardy Consulting and one of Australia’s foremost experts in deliberative processes. He regularly delivers workshops and masterclasses on deliberative processes at conferences and for the professional development programs of the Municipal Association of Victoria, the Victorian Local Government Association, IAP2 and Collaboration for Impact.
Renowned internationally for his skilful design and facilitation of community engagement processes, Max has developed innovative models for collaboration and community engagement, for which he has won numerous national and international awards.
Max specialises in collaborative governance, process and solution co-design, appreciative inquiry, strategic questioning, collective impact as well as designing, facilitating and evaluating deliberative community engagement processes. He also co-facilitated Australia’s First Citizens’ Parliament and facilitated a world cafe session at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney.
As a master trainer for IAP2, Max co-designed and facilitated two training academies in 2006 and 2008 in Alberta Canada and Edinburgh, UK respectively. He has co-authored two books, presented papers at numerous international conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney.