Author Archives: Graeme Stuart

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.

Do we need a blog by another straight, white, male?

I started the Sustaining Community blog to highlight resources and information that I thought were relevant to students and practitioners. Soon after, I also started writing content that I thought might be useful. The style and voice of the blog … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for the environment – 2023

A list of significant international and Australian national days/weeks that focus on environmental issues for 2023. Continue reading

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List of posts for 2021 and 2022

A list of the Sustaining Community blog posts for 2020 and 2021. Continue reading

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Blog statistics for 2022 (Transparency report)

An overview of some of the key statistics for 2022 for the Sustaining Community blog. Continue reading

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Key activities in our trial of the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) open group

We’ve been asked what are the key activities that we make sure are included regularly in our trial of an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) Basic workshop as an open group (weekly 2-hour sessions where people can join any week). … Continue reading

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2 questionnaires identifying conflict management style

In a recent point, I provided an overview of 5 styles of conflict management. In this post I discuss two questionnaires that can be used to identify people’s main style Continue reading

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More details of our trial of a weekly, open AVP group

As discussed in a recent post, our local Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) group has been trialling a Basic AVP workshop as a weekly open group (in partnership with the Samaritans Recovery Point) where people can join any week. In this post we will discuss some of the finer detail of this approach. Continue reading

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What are the 5 styles of conflict management?

I find the five styles of conflict management a useful, easy-to-understand way of thinking about different approaches to ways of responding to conflict: These five styles, identified by Kenneth Thomas in 1971 [1] and since refined by him and his … Continue reading

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Trialling an open AVP group with people recently out of prison or rehab

Reflecting on a trial of Basic Alternatives to Violence Project workshops as a weekly open group (where people can join any week) after 35 sessions. Continue reading

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My daughter was arrested

Alexa (my 19-year old daughter) was arrested today while delivering a cease and desist letter to Whitehaven Coal. Continue reading

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