Shaping change
Natural Resource Management, Agriculture and the Role of Extension


Edited by Drs Jess Jennings,
Roger Packham and Dedee Woodside

Shaping Change presents the current state of play of Extension and its role in Natural Resource Management and the commercial agriculture industry for the Australasia-Pacific region.

It is a prime text for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and an essential reference manual for new and experienced Extension professionals alike, be they engaged exclusively in environmental conservation, agricultural productivity, or more commonly both.


  Shaping Change is a collection of contemporary papers on"extension".  The Foundation sees the book as a catalyst to trigger a move to smarter innovation processes that draw the elements of research, development and extension into one integrated project plan that changes the face of dairy.

The Foundation has provided $75,000 funding for the design and printing of the book and  focused on these innovation processes in workshops during 2011.

Over 35 leading thinkers and authors of Extension have contributed works regarding:
the historical origins and developmental path of Extension;
  • a wide array of curent principles and practices for enabling change;
  • the effective building of social and community capital; and
  • the economics, policy dimensions and markets of Extension.

This book provides a much needed resource for anyone interested in shaping individual and/or community level change within challenging and often conflicted social and political environments, in pursuit of better lifestyles, livelihoods and landscapes for all of us, now and in future.

Dr Jess Jennings with Tim Fischer AC who launched the book at the Dairy Leaders Luncheon hosted by the Gardiner Foundation on February 1st, 2011.  Keynote Speaker at the luncheon was The Honourable Peter Walsh MP Victoria, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security

To order

Please complete the order form on the back of this flyer.

Shaping Change Flyer Shaping Change Flyer (2411 KB)

The cost per book (including GST) is:

                     $25.00 Student Concession
                     $  0.00     APEN Member/Student Member Concession
                     $45.00 Standard Price

Postage is to be added to the cost ($14.80 within Australia, otherwise ask for details and payments can be made by credit card, cheque or money order and by EFT.  Details are on the order form.

Please contact the APEN Secretariat  if you would like to purchase a "class set".


APEN would like to acknowledge and thank all those involved in the development of the publication: 

Project leader   Dr Jess Jennings
Authors Many of whom are APEN members 
Editors Drs Jess Jennings, Roger Packham and Dedee Woodside
Printers Kondinin Information Services
and those who have endorsed the publication:

Tim Fischer AC, Formerly Deputy Priminster of Australia and  Ambassador to the Holy See
Prof Richard Bawden, Professor Emeritus, University of Western Sydney
Dr Judy Henderson, Chair of the Northern Rivers CMA
Prof Ray Ison, The Open University (UK) and Monash Sustainability Institute
Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman and Founder of Clean Up Australia and Clean up the World
Prof David De Krester AC, Governor of Victoria and Patron of the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation