Some weekend reading

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 always.

The philosophical assumptions, utility & challenges of asset mapping approaches to community engagement by Sherianne Kramer, Taryn Amos, Sandy Lazarus and Mohamed Seedat – an academic paper from South Africa. It’s a sort of friendly critique of asset-based community development (ABCD).

Why Buy Locally Owned? from SustainableConnections – 10 reasons to buy local

Why I abandoned my popular social media presence from Ethical Thinker – some reflections on ‘engagement’ and social media.

In families with same-sex parents, the kids are all right by Jennifer Power via The Conversation – the argument that gay marriage harms children “does not stack up against current evidence.”

The most dangerous time by Melissa Davey via The Guardian – five women tell powerful stories of leaving a violent relationship

Garden based learning from Hilltown Families ­ a short video about how families can use gardens as an education tool.

One from the vaults

Scripture classes – with the current controversy about ethic classes I thought it was worth sharing some reflections on discussion about scripture and ethics classes from a Parent and Citizen Association meeting at my daughter’s school (from 2010)

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. Irony – Denying parents information about school ethics classes
  3. What are social models of health?
  4. Straight to the pool room! (A post including the impact of ethics classes)

About Graeme Stuart

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