by Colin Russo
During 2000-2015, Queensland Councils emerged from the darkness of ‘tokenistic’ community
consultation processes articulated by Arnstein (1969). The work of community engagement
professionals to update Council methods in line with advancing technology and in designing new
business models and strategies for the governance of consultations is arguably still in its ‘teens’.
One way forward is to continue a linear projected future, with a short-term view focused just ahead,
which is still the norm. However, in an environment of rapid change, this approach is far too reactive,
restrictive, shortsighted and un-consultative, resulting in the loss of possibilities. This article uses
Inayatullah’s (2008) six futures questions to create alternative community engagement futures to 2030.