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.

Evidence-based programs in rural family services

In Australia and elsewhere, government and other funders increasingly require family services to adopt evidence-based programs. For example, Communities for Children[1]—a federally funded program in 52 disadvantaged communities across Australia with a focus on improving early childhood development and wellbeing … Continue reading

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Transition Newcastle – some videos we used to spark an evening of conversation

At a recent Transition Newcastle evening one of our members (Stuart Carter) led us in evening of conversations around the idea of a new story for a Living Earth. After each video we had small group conversations about our reaction to the … Continue reading

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Updated post on bottom-up community development

My blog has been going for over seven years so I’ve started updating some of my older posts. Today I’ve updated a post I originally wrote in 2014 about bottom-up community development. It starts with a quote I love from Melinda … Continue reading

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Current projects (March 2018)

This year is shaping up to be an interesting year. The following are some of the major projects I’m involved in. Best practice and trends in family counselling and mediation services in NSW:  A collaborative case study of Uniting I’m … Continue reading

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Strengths-based practice: more than being positive

In strengths-based and asset-based approaches to family and community work we focus on strengths, aspirations and potential rather than problems, needs and deficits by, amongst other things: Consciously looking for the strengths and potential of the people, families and communities … Continue reading

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Updated post on complex problems

I just completed a major update on my post “What are complex problems?” You can find it at

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Reflections on community development vs community work

I’ve recently been thinking about the difference between community development and community work, and the importance of being clear about which is appropriate for a given context. These are fairly initial thoughts so I’d welcome any feedback or comments. In … Continue reading

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Hints for new course coordinators at Uni

It’s my first day back at Uni today and I’m speaking to some new course coordinators. There some notes about what I cover at It’s fairly specific to the University of Newcastle, but it might be helpful to others as … Continue reading

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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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