Changing focus of the blog

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I started blogging around August 2010 (and moved to WordPress in 2011) as a way of sharing interesting resources with students studying online subjects I taught on community engagement and community capacity building. A few years later (around 2014), I started to focus more on working with families as well, because my focus at the Family Action Centre had changed.

Now that I’m no longer at the Family Action Centre and my work is related to violence prevention (which has been a passion of mine for many years) the blog will start to focus more on my voluntary work with Alternatives to Violence Project and group facilitation.

As always, my work is underpinned by a strengths-based approach and I continue to be very concerned about the lack of action on climate change and environmental sustainability, so these topics are likely to make an appearance as well.

I once wrote about how I use blogging as an academic:

  1. To collect resources for students and practitioners on working with families and communities
  2. To write original content for students
  3. To raise environmental issues and to discuss ways we can contribute to a more sustainable world
  4. To reflect on, and document, my work
  5. To help me develop my writing
  6. To make my publications easily available
  7. To develop research ideas and publications
  8. To reach the audience I want to reach

While I still have an academic role at the Uni (my semi-retirement didn’t last long), the Name.Narrate.Navigate team (that I work with) speak about being “practitioner-academics” and I don’t have a traditional academic role. (E.g., I don’t teach and most of my work is related to facilitating workshops with young people or training practitioners in the approach.)

I’ve never felt really comfortable calling myself an academic (see for example, Don’t call me doctor!) and I am transitioning to semi-retirement. This means that the reasons I am taking up the blog again are different to the list above. My main focus in the blog will probably be:

  1. To reflect on, and document, my work
  2. To share resources on working with families and communities, particularly in relation to violence prevention and group work, with practitioners (and students)
  3. To share resources and ideas with people interested in violence prevention (especially AVP facilitators)
  4. To encourage strengths-based approaches that are based on power-with.

If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:

  1. My last day at the Family Action Centre
  2. Teaching community engagement to students from 29 disciplines
  3. 7 principles guiding my work
  4. Seven principles for a strengths-based approach to working with groups
  5. “I try and make it feel more like a home” – families living in caravan parks
  6. 4 types of power: What are power over; power with; power to and power within?

If you find any problems with the blog, (e.g., broken links or typos) I’d love to hear about them. You can either add a comment below or contact me via the Contact page.

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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4 Responses to Changing focus of the blog

  1. Nic Stuart says:

    So great to have a mission statement to shape and direct thoughts and focus . . .

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Judi Geggie says:

    I look forward to following you blogs Graeme and your new focus. Love the academic/practitioner role and it’s important strength based approach.

    Liked by 1 person

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