Some weekend reading

Dog reading on a computer

(Photo: ttarasiuk)

Every Friday I post some links to articles, videos or other resources that have caught my eye during the week. Some might be quite recent, but others might be older ones I have revisited or recently discovered. They will mainly focus on families, community engagement or environmental sustainability, but not necessarily.


My Body is Mine from Stumbling For Balance – An evocative poem we should make sure all our daughters and sons read.

Parenting is not the key to tackling inequality by Val Gillies via The Conversation – An article from the UK challenging the notion that parenting is the starting point for the disparity between disadvantaged children and their more privileged peers.

Community engagement

185 empty chairs from QuesyPeasy – a brief description of an memorial marking the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch Earthquake.

Cultural Connections: Building the Placemaking Movement in Brazil from Sustainable Cities Collective – an overview of the work of Jeniffer Heeman and Paola Santiago in Brazil.


Introducing ‘The Doughnut’: A safe and just space for humanity by Kate Raworth via Oxfam International – a short video introducing “a visual framework… which brings the concept of planetary boundaries together with the complementary concept of social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive.”

Explainer: are natural disasters on the rise? By Dale Dominey-Howes via The Conversation – natural disasters seems to becoming more frequent and worse – but are they really? (Spoiler alert – yes they are!)

One from my vaults

What are vertical and horizontal community engagement? My attempt at differentiating between vertical and horizontal community engagement.

Please let me know of anything you think is worth posting.

If you liked this post you might want to follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to look at:

  1. Previous weekend readings
  2. How painting can transform communities
  3. When is it OK for kids to walk home alone?
  4. What’s your parenting style?
  5. Blue Men: Message to Humanity

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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