Max specialises in appreciative models of collaborative governance, collective impact and designing, facilitating and evaluating deliberative community engagement processes.
Max is an Associate of Collaboration for Impact, Australia’s leading organisation for learning how to respond to complexity through effective collaboration. In 2017 Max delivered a TedxTalk, titled ‘Questions Change Everything’, and he has co-authored two books on community engagement.
With a particular interest in deliberative democracy and appreciative inquiry, Max has presented papers at numerous international conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Sydney and University of Melbourne. He also served as a Master Trainer for the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and co-facilitated two training academies, in Canada and in the United Kingdom.
In November 2007 Max, along with the ACT Disability Advisory Council, was awarded the IAP2 Award (International) for ‘Project of the Year’ for the design and implementation of the Challenge 2014 Project, using a Citizens’ Jury model, presented in Arizona, USA.
In 2015 Max also achieved the same prestigious award, along with People with Disability Australia, for his deliberative engagement process to review the National Disability Insurance Scheme pilot projects.
In February 2009 Max co-facilitated Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament, in Old Parliament House Canberra. During 2013 Max provided strategic advice, process design and facilitation services with regard to the development of The Queensland Plan.
Max is highly sought after as a facilitator, capacity builder, and designer of complex projects requiring collaboration and community engagement.