Project Sisu is a creative consulting practice specialising in tackling organisational transitions and framing the benefits of culture in all its varied forms.

Tackling Transitions

Transitions abound. Mergers, amalgamations, restructures, funding cuts, changing service models, growing, shrinking, surviving. Whatever the cause, transitions mean that something is lost before something is gained. Energy is often lavished on the structural aspects of change. However, human psychology does not follow the neat linearity of project plans and spreadsheets. The flux and flow of a transition gives rise to anxiety, insecurity, excitement, hope, and sometimes grief. There are distinct phases, but the tricky thing is that people move through these phases in different ways and at different times. Transitions contain enormous potential to do and think differently about a service or product. But they need to be understood. As the transition expert, William Bridges, notes:  “Unless transition occurs, change will not work.”

Project Sisu has worked with many organisations, large and small, during times of transition.

Here are some examples.

Camden City Council 2018

Camden Council is one of the fastest growing local government areas in New South Wales. Whole new suburbs like Oran Park will intensify the population growth already evident in other…

State Library of NSW

Three-month intensive program designed for library personnel facing council mergers and/or significant organisational change processes.

Framing Culture

Culture is a notoriously hard thing to pin down. Is it the arts; a way of life; a combination of language, symbols and artefacts; a set of values?

It seems that the word culture is casually evoked by almost everyone.

Project Sisu has an abiding interest in and commitment to the specific ways in which cultural entities and creative practices can enrich and deepen human lives, and invigorate connected communities.

When times are tough these entities and practices can be cast as peripheral, inessential, a luxury.Yet, they are often the glue that binds people together in constructive and inclusive ways.

Framing the values and value of culture is an ongoing quest.

Project Sisu supports cultural entities through research, strategy and skills-based workshops.

Here some examples:

Geelong Regional Libraries

Geelong Regional Library Corporation is one of the largest regional libraries in Australia. Continuing to provide high quality library services while supporting expansion in designated growth areas during a period…

Big Sky Libraries

Big Sky Libraries (BSL) is a regional library service comprising three north-western NSW shires: Moree Plains, Walgett and Brewarrina. In early 2020, after years of severe drought, there was intense…