I want to live in a world where families (in all their diversity) are cherished and supported; communities are inclusive, resilient and vibrant; the environment is valued and protected; and injustice is a thing of the past. I know I’m a dreamer and an idealist but I also know that change is possible. Blogging is one way I can be a little drop in the ocean of change.
I started the blog in the hope that students and practitioners in particular, but also families and anybody who want to make a difference, will find useful and inspiring resources about inclusive, strengths-based approaches to working with families and communities.
Writing as a lecturer, practitioner, environmental campaigner and parent means how I approach my posts vary. You’ll find discussion, supported by literature, of important concepts (e.g., What is asset-based community-driven development?); reflections from my work (e.g., 10 things I’ve learnt about strengths-based community engagement); comments about TED talks or other resources (e.g., ABCD and Making the invisible visible); discussion of projects I’ve been involved in (e.g., What is the Transition Streets Challenge?); papers I’ve written (e.g., “I try and make it feel more like a home” – families living in caravan parks) and reflections on being a parent (e.g., Death of a chicken).
I’m not interested in being an academic who lives in an ivory tower; I am interested in how we can apply knowledge and insights from research, practice and lived experience to shine a light on some of the complex problems we face as families, communities and the human race. I hope you will join me as we explore how we can make a difference and that you will share your insights and experience.
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