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.

An Alternatives to Violence Project workshop for parents

I am currently helping to plan and facilitate an Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshop for parents through Family Support Newcastle. We have a good team of four facilitators with a variety of experience and backgrounds. While this workshop will … Continue reading

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Definitions of community engagement – updated

Yesterday I updated a post on Definitions of community engagement from 2011. I’ve added some more recent definitions, updated some of the material to reflect what I’ve learnt over the last six years, removed some unimportant material which came from … Continue reading

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What is the Spectrum of Public Participation?

The Spectrum of Public Participation was developed by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) to help clarify the role of the public (or community) in planning and decision-making, and how much influence the community has over planning or decision-making … Continue reading

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Jasmine on the Tiny House Project (from The Owner Builder magazine)

The latest edition of the Owner Builder magazine has an article about the Tiny House Project written by Jasmine. Here’s the text of Jasmine’s article (but see the article for the photos and layout). When I was little, I remember … Continue reading

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Jasmine and Larni’s tiny house on national TV

Last week, the National TV show, Better Homes and Gardens,  featured Jasmine and Larni’s tiny house. You can see the segment here. Planning for the tiny house started in June 2016 when Cathy suggested that Jasmine and Larni might like … Continue reading

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10 tasks of “good enough” parents

When we had our first child, I genuinely worried I would leave her on a train or forget her while out shopping. I’m glad to say that she is now 16 and my fears never came to pass. (Although I … Continue reading

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The increasing number of articles published on community engagement

The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement. The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications … Continue reading

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Survival day

If we are to truly celebrate being Australians, we desperately need to change the date. January 26, the day the British flag was first raised in what is now known as Sydney Cove, is not a day a celebration for … Continue reading

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Journals publishing on community engagement

What journals publish articles on community engagement? To find out I did a search in two large databases (Proquest and EBSCO) for any articles in scholarly journals that had “community engagement” in their title, to identify which Journals had the … Continue reading

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The rich get richer – the gap is widening

What type of world do we want to live in? Do we really want to live in a world where the eight richest people in the world (all men) own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world? … Continue reading

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