Author Archives: Graeme Stuart

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.

Complete list of 2017 posts

This is a complete list of the posts I published in 2017 with the number of views they received in 2017. I thought I would share it as some of you might be interested in seeing the number of views … Continue reading

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Some blog stats for 2017 (Transparency report)

Last year I started regular transparency reports to share some stats on my blog in case anyone is interested. Even though I don’t generate any income from the blog, I think it is worth sharing how the blog is going … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for the environment – 2018

Here are some significant international and national days/weeks for 2018 that focus on environmental issues.  I’ve also created a list of days and dates focusing on families and communities. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (Days … Continue reading

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Special days and dates for families and communities – 2018

There are many international and national days/weeks that focus on issues facing families and communities. The following are some of the more significant ones in 2018. Please let me know if I have missed any important ones. (While most of them … Continue reading

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Same-sex marriage – finally it’s done!

Yesterday was a historic day with the Australian Parliament overwhelmingly voting in favour of same-sex marriage. Our family watched it live on TV and to see 130-140 Members of Parliament voting YES with four lonely figures voting NO was a wonderful … Continue reading

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Update to my introduction to community engagement

I’ve just updated my introduction to community engagement. As always I’d welcome any feedback or thoughts.

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A video and some tips on family engagement

This is a useful short video (produced by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health) introducing some key concepts relating to engaging families. While its focus is child and youth mental health, it is just as … Continue reading

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Updated my introduction to asset-based community development

I’ve just completed a major update of my post What is asset-based community development (ABCD)?, in preparation for a major revision to a course I’ve been teaching for a while. I’ve expanded on the importance of it being a community-driven … Continue reading

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Evaluating the impact of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops on social capital

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) have been supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Sydney since 2012, and we are in the process of planning an evaluation of the impact … Continue reading

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It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon

There is a Facebook post going around at the moment that says: Today, if you add your age + the year you were born you will get 2017. This only happens once every 1000 years! Beside that fact that the … Continue reading

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