I first heard the words “meeting under the mango tree” as a euphemism for having a predictable, easy to access process for enabling community members to raise issues and concerns in a safe and familiar place.  There is no fixed agenda and no one-size-fits-all for these exchanges. With one company we set up drop-in centres in each local village with a designated community officer in attendance everyday. Another made it known that a company person would be available “under the mango tree” for two hours every market day. I am hoping this blog will achieve something similar – the regular, free and open sharing of ideas and experiences. Time will tell how well it works out.

July 2020 Archives


Triple Bottom Line - global to local

Community Development |  22 July 2020

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a group of Curtin University students studying for their Master of International Business and Entrepreneurship about triple-bottom-line thinking...


Leaving early

Community Engagement |  8 July 2020

Living with uncertainty is part and parcel of exploration and development but this doesn’t mean that you can’t plan. The reality is that the uncertainty is with the outcome of each phase, not with the project management process, where one well defined step follows another. For the most part, when decisions are made they follow a pattern – a round of drilling is completed, results are assessed and are used to inform a go / no go decision for the next step. Likewise, there is a conscious decision to start a scoping study, to progress to a feasibility study or to put a project on the shelf...