I was delighted to assist IAP2 with this forthcoming event at Abbotsford Convent on the 29th May in Melbourne. Download the PDF of the program here: Engagement Without Borders _outline program Personal, organisational, cultural, demographic or geographic; engaging with the full spectrum of our communities can be a significant challenge. … Continue reading Engagement without Borders, Melbourne, 2012
April 29, 2011 – 4:07 pm In an eco-village, there is more to life than managing weeds and water quality in the dams. What we have learned about social reform and social change in Western countries over many decades is that burning books and silencing dissent are very dangerous practices. What is my dissenting… Continue reading Silencing Dissent: charity begins at home
April 11, 2010 – 9:43 pm In the past couple of weeks I have been confronted by many aspects of the community engagement debate. Angry residents questioning my integrity as I try to help them with a local environmental problem I’d say qualifies as a “wicked problem” in their neighbourhood. Then I experience… Continue reading Why bother with community engagement, anyway?
April 5, 2010 – 3:07 pm I’m mining the archive! Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet from Shirley’s house, 1993 The original dream for Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet was very different from the back-biting and suffering we experincce every day on this community. It was a dream with substance and charm. A real dream. Here’s… Continue reading The original dream for Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet
April 3, 2010 – 9:44 am It’s Easter weekend: a time for reflection on renewal, blessings and hope. I am awash with fresh insights following a fascinating community mediation about the dual occupancy (accessory dwelling unit) issue on this community. Sometimes people leave intentional communities. See “Leaving Utopia”, click here: Leaving Utopia… Continue reading (re)visioning Jarlanbah Permaculture Hamlet
22 July 2009 at 2:39 am A few months ago, I was lucky enough to have to write a short piece on evaluation for a consulting report. I reviewed what I had in my library, did a quick Internet search and… Continue reading Evaluation Research: Must the Messenger Always Be Shot?
July 9, 2009 at 12:45 pm The other day I went to a local community workshop in my small rural village. The topic is not important for my purposes and it’s not my intention to embarrass anyone. Rather I want to make a point: there’s more to community workshops than a conversation at… Continue reading What’s best practice in community engagement?
25 June 2009 I was speaking about Sherry Arnstein’s Ladder of Citizen Participation the other day to a group of students and I said that I thought it’d been eclipsed (in the past forty years) by other, better, models. I noticed an embarrassed look on the teacher’s face. Perhaps they had not updated their… Continue reading The Wheel of Participation (or Empowerment)
24 June 2009 I have something to tell you I guess everyone who’s been a speaker has had an experience like mine. But when it happened I was initially devastated. I’d been asked to speak to an aged care organisation’s conference. I’d written a story about a feisty older woman who was moving… Continue reading Community Engagement with Older People
23 June 2009 Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Community engagement is a tricky matter. We need to be flexible and still keep our eyes on the ball. It’s a changing landscape. A bit like navigating white water rapids in a small canoe. When we add the issues of “sustainability” to… Continue reading Community Engagement: 18 Considerations