Some weekend reading

A dog at a laptop

(Photo: Zvi KonText)

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.

What is a healthy community? Building healthy communities in Southern Nevada by Denise Tanata –Ashby from The Lincy Institute – while the focus is Southern Nevada the information is relevant to a range of settings.

The Backwards Brain Bicycle by Smarter Every Day – a fascinating short video about a bike nobody can ride (without lots of practice) and our brain. It’s quite amusing too.

The pacifist dilemma: women peacemakers’ responses to Islamic State by Cynthia Cockburn via Open Democracy –Can nonviolent strategies defeat the new fascism of Islamic State and its allies? Some thoughts based on the rift in the peace movement when Nazism threatened Europe.

Sixty-nine Days by Héctor Tobar via The New YorkerAn in-depth account of how the Chilean miners survived during the 2010 Copiapó mining accident.

5 ways localgov comms is exactly like commercial radio… sorta by Damien Willoughby via CommsGoDigital – some reflections on how local government communication can learn from radio.

A heatwave that’s too hot for India to handle, with more to come by Liz Hanna via The Conversation – we need to think about how we will cope with increasing events like this due to climate change.

One from the vaults

The Transition Streets Challenge: Potential and challenges – We’ve been reflecting on how to increase the uptake of Transition Streets (we’ve now dropped the Challenge from the program name) and it was interesting to look at these earlier reflections.

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

  1. Previous weekend readings
  2. A brief history of ABCD in Australia and New Zealand
  3. Engaging families in early intervention for child conduct concerns
  4. Domestic violence – why doesn’t she just leave?
  5. Domestic violence training materials
  6. Straight to the pool room!

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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