Ingrid Burkett

Ingrid Burkett is an entrepreneur, community development worker, author, applied researcher and well-known speaker.

She specialises in local and international community economic development and is interested in links between community development, community economic development and community cultural development. Ingrid is currently the President of the International Association for Community Development.  She has worked across government, corporate and community sectors, locally and internationally.

In 2010, Ingrid is establishing a new social business, focused on knowledge design and applied research in the community sector.  Through this not-for-profit business she will seek to develop a range of resources and publications for and about social innovation, both locally and internationally.  The business will also provide consultation, training and design services.

She has previously worked for Foresters Community Finance as the Social Innovations Manager, Oxfam Australia as Learning Development Coordinator and she lectured in the School of Social Work at University of Queensland for eight years in the fields of community development and community economic development.

Ingrid is also a practicing artist and designer.  She believes that art and culture are key to building healthy and strong communities.  She weaves this passion into all her work and is well known for her use of visuals in publications, speeches and workshops.

Ingrid’s recent publications include:

Appreciating Assets: Asset Based Community Development (with Tara O’Leary and Kate Braithwaite), forthcoming, Carnegie UK Trust

Social Procurement in Australia (Centre for Social Impact), 2010

Social Procurement: A Guide for Victorian Local Government (DPCD, Victoria), 2010

Social and Community Enterprises: Pathways for Women’s Economic Participation (Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers’ Conference on the Status of Women), 2010

Financing Social Enterprises: Understanding Needs and Realities, (Foresters Community Finance), 2010

From the margins to the mainstream: the challenges for microfinance in Australia (with G. Sheehan) (Brotherhood of St Laurence and Foresters Community Finance), 2009

Possibilities for Community Development Finance Institutions in Australia (with Belinda Drew), (Foresters Community Finance), 2008