Becky Hirst is the author of For the Love of Community Engagement, a reflective memoir that calls for a rethink about how the government connects with communities to inform their decision-making. Through her work over the last 22 years, Becky has worked with hundreds of government clients, helping them to engage with the people they serve. She estimates that during this time she has engaged with over 50,000 people in conversations about things that matter!
Someone recently referred to Becky’s community engagement work as finger painting. But there’s absolutely nothing childish, soft or fluffy about what she does. Becky knows that she possesses the HARD skills that many political and business leaders find challenging: compassion, authenticity, the ability to genuinely listen and putting the needs of people first.